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Grundy Center, Iowa
Downtown
Downtown
Motto(s): 
"The Good Life"
Location of Grundy Center, Iowa
Location of Grundy Center, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Grundy
Incorporated April 17, 1877 (1877-04-17)
Area
 • Total 2.57 sq mi (6.66 km2)
 • Land 2.57 sq mi (6.66 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,027 ft (312 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,796
 • Density 1,087.94/sq mi (420.10/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50638
Area code(s) 319
FIPS code 19-33195
GNIS feature ID 0457172

Grundy Center is a city in Grundy County, Iowa. The population was 2,796 at the time of the 2020 census, a 7.7% increase from 2,596 at the 2000 census. Grundy Center is also the county seat of Grundy County. Grundy Center is part of the WaterlooCedar Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Town Spots

Grundy Center, more commonly known by residents as just Grundy, is home to 3 schools(Preschool, Elementary and Middle-High School). It has 3 public parks, The Bel Pre(The Purple Park), Orion(The Yellow Park), and The Liberty Park(The Pool Park). There is also a swimming pool with 3 water slides. The Herbert Quick School House is another cool thing in Grundy Center. The Courthouse Lawn is the heart of Grundy Center, it is home to many events and performances like the Felix Grundy Day events, Farmers market and more.

History

Grundy Center was incorporated on April 17, 1877, and was named for the county, which was named for Felix Grundy, congressman and senator from Tennessee.

Geography

Grundy Center is located at 42°21′40″N 92°46′25″W / 42.36111°N 92.77361°W / 42.36111; -92.77361 (42.361058, -92.773550).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.53 square miles (6.55 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1880 950 —    
1890 1,161 +22.2%
1900 1,322 +13.9%
1910 1,354 +2.4%
1920 1,749 +29.2%
1930 1,793 +2.5%
1940 2,012 +12.2%
1950 2,135 +6.1%
1960 2,403 +12.6%
1970 2,712 +12.9%
1980 2,880 +6.2%
1990 2,491 −13.5%
2000 2,596 +4.2%
2010 2,706 +4.2%
2020 2,796 +3.3%
Source:
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census
Grundy CenterIowaPopPlot
The population of Grundy Center, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 2,706 people in 1,162 households, including 739 families, in the city. The population density was 1,069.6 inhabitants per square mile (413.0/km2). There were 1,256 housing units at an average density of 496.4 per square mile (191.7/km2). The racial makup of the city was 98.6% White, 0.2% African American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.4%.

Of the 1,162 households 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.8% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.4% were non-families. 32.4% of households were one person and 17.1% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.86.

The median age was 42.9 years. 22.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.1% were from 25 to 44; 25.3% were from 45 to 64; and 22.7% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.3% male and 53.7% female.

Education

Grundy Center Community School District operates area public schools.

Notable people

  • Robert Hugh Willoughby, classical flutist
  • Ed Wilson, chief meteorologist for WHO-DT
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