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Fertile, Iowa
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Location of Fertile, Iowa
Location of Fertile, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Worth
Government
 • Type Mayor
Area
 • Total 0.94 sq mi (2.43 km2)
 • Land 0.94 sq mi (2.43 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,171 ft (357 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 305
 • Density 324.47/sq mi (125.51/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50434
Area code(s) 641
FIPS code 19-27390
GNIS feature ID 0456580

Fertile is a city in Worth County, Iowa, United States. The population was 305 at the time of the 2020 census. It is part of the Mason City Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

The community was first called Rhodes Mill after William Rhodes, who settled there in 1856 and built a house. A land speculator created a fictional town nearby and named it Fontanelle, though the locals called it Putsey. Fertile was established in 1877, and named for the quality of the soil in the valley it was located in. Fertile was incorporated in 1908.

Rhodes Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

Fertile is located at 43°15′53″N 93°25′16″W / 43.26472°N 93.42111°W / 43.26472; -93.42111 (43.264704, -93.421176).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.94 square miles (2.43 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1910 207 —    
1920 223 +7.7%
1930 238 +6.7%
1940 276 +16.0%
1950 397 +43.8%
1960 386 −2.8%
1970 394 +2.1%
1980 372 −5.6%
1990 382 +2.7%
2000 360 −5.8%
2010 370 +2.8%
2020 305 −17.6%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census
FertileIowaPopPlot
The population of Fertile, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 370 people, 148 households, and 111 families residing in the city. The population density was 393.6 inhabitants per square mile (152.0/km2). There were 161 housing units at an average density of 171.3 per square mile (66.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.8% White, 0.5% African American, 1.1% Native American, 0.3% Asian, and 0.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.9% of the population.

There were 148 households, of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.2% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.0% were non-families. 19.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.88.

The median age in the city was 41 years. 23.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.5% were from 25 to 44; 27.8% were from 45 to 64; and 17.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.9% male and 48.1% female.

Education

Residents are part of the Forest City Community School District.

Notable person

Leo Elthon, the 32nd Governor of Iowa, was born in Fertile.

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