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Glidden, Iowa
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Location of Glidden, Iowa
Location of Glidden, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Carroll
Area
 • Total 1.10 sq mi (2.84 km2)
 • Land 1.10 sq mi (2.84 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,237 ft (377 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,151
 • Density 1,049.23/sq mi (405.13/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
51443
Area code(s) 712
FIPS code 19-31395
GNIS feature ID 0456935

Glidden is a town in Carroll County, Iowa, United States. The population was 1,151 at the time of the 2020 census.

History

Glidden was laid out as a town in 1866. It was named either for Capt. W. T. Glidden, a railroad promoter, or in honor of Joseph Farwell Glidden, the inventor of barbed wire.

Geography

Glidden is located at 42°3′30″N 94°43′42″W / 42.05833°N 94.72833°W / 42.05833; -94.72833 (42.058263, -94.728359).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.11 square miles (2.87 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1870 177 —    
1880 584 +229.9%
1890 532 −8.9%
1900 733 +37.8%
1910 850 +16.0%
1920 867 +2.0%
1930 854 −1.5%
1940 941 +10.2%
1950 996 +5.8%
1960 993 −0.3%
1970 964 −2.9%
1980 1,076 +11.6%
1990 1,099 +2.1%
2000 1,253 +14.0%
2010 1,146 −8.5%
2020 1,151 +0.4%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census
GliddenIowaPopPlot
The population of Glidden, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,146 people, 502 households, and 327 families living in the city. The population density was 1,032.4 inhabitants per square mile (398.6/km2). There were 523 housing units at an average density of 471.2 per square mile (181.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.0% White, 0.6% Native American, 0.1% Asian, and 0.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.6% of the population.

There were 502 households, of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.4% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.9% were non-families. 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.82.

The median age in the city was 44.8 years. 23.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.8% were from 25 to 44; 33.1% were from 45 to 64; and 16.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.

Education

The Glidden–Ralston Community School District consists of a combined elementary, middle and high school housed in one building. The school serves students from Glidden and the neighboring city of Ralston.

Notable people

  • Al Epperly (1918-2003), pitcher for Chicago Cubs
  • Merle Hay (1896–1917), one of the first three American servicemen to die in World War I
  • Ralph G. Neppel (1923–1987), recipient of the Medal of Honor
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