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Gravity, Iowa
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Location of Gravity, Iowa
Location of Gravity, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Taylor
Area
 • Total 0.30 sq mi (0.77 km2)
 • Land 0.30 sq mi (0.77 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,201 ft (366 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 154
 • Density 513.33/sq mi (200.00/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50848
Area code(s) 712
FIPS code 19-32520
GNIS feature ID 0457083

Gravity is a city in Taylor County, Iowa, United States. The population was 154 at the time of the 2020 census.

Gravity, Iowa Sign
Gravity, Iowa Post Office

History

Gravity had its start in the year 1881 by the building of the railroad through that territory. It was incorporated in 1883. The origin of the name "Gravity" is obscure.

Geography

Gravity is located at 40°45′33″N 94°44′39″W / 40.75917°N 94.74417°W / 40.75917; -94.74417 (40.759096, -94.744221), along the Middle Fork One Hundred and Two River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.30 square miles (0.78 km2), all of it land.

Gravity is located north of Bedford on Iowa Highway 148.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1890 210 —    
1900 549 +161.4%
1910 475 −13.5%
1920 464 −2.3%
1930 465 +0.2%
1940 514 +10.5%
1950 369 −28.2%
1960 275 −25.5%
1970 286 +4.0%
1980 245 −14.3%
1990 218 −11.0%
2000 218 +0.0%
2010 188 −13.8%
2020 154 −18.1%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census
GravityIowaPopPlot
The population of Gravity, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 188 people, 82 households, and 53 families living in the city. The population density was 626.7 inhabitants per square mile (242.0/km2). There were 103 housing units at an average density of 343.3 per square mile (132.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.5% White and 0.5% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.

There were 82 households, of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.4% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.68.

The median age in the city was 42 years. 20.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.8% were from 25 to 44; 29.2% were from 45 to 64; and 17.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 53.7% male and 46.3% female.

Education

Gravity is within the Bedford Community School District.

Notable person

  • Roberta Linn, (1931-), singer
  • Lulu Johnson, born 1907 on a farm near Gravity. She was an American Historian, University Administrator, and the second African-American to earn a Ph.D. in the United States.
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