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Hancock, Iowa
Post Office in Hancock, Iowa
Post Office in Hancock, Iowa
Location of Hancock, Iowa
Location of Hancock, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Pottawattamie
Township Valley
Area
 • Total 0.74 sq mi (1.92 km2)
 • Land 0.70 sq mi (1.83 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.09 km2)
Elevation
1,112 ft (339 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 200
 • Density 269.8/sq mi (104.17/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
51536
Area code(s) 712
FIPS code 19-34005
GNIS feature ID 0457227

Hancock is a city in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States, along the West Nishnabotna River. The population was 200 at the time of the 2020 census.

History

Hancock had its start in the year 1880 by the building of the Rock Island Railroad through that territory. It was named for its founder, F. H. Hancock.

Geography

Hancock is located at 41°23′26″N 95°21′47″W / 41.39056°N 95.36306°W / 41.39056; -95.36306 (41.390511, -95.362944).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.78 square miles (2.02 km2), of which, 0.75 square miles (1.94 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1890 167 —    
1900 276 +65.3%
1910 250 −9.4%
1920 276 +10.4%
1930 312 +13.0%
1940 256 −17.9%
1950 264 +3.1%
1960 252 −4.5%
1970 228 −9.5%
1980 254 +11.4%
1990 201 −20.9%
2000 207 +3.0%
2010 196 −5.3%
2020 200 +2.0%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census
HancockIowaPopPlot
The population of Hancock, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 196 people, 88 households, and 62 families living in the city. The population density was 261.3 inhabitants per square mile (100.9/km2). There were 95 housing units at an average density of 126.7 per square mile (48.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.9% White, 0.5% Native American, 2.0% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.6% of the population.

There were 88 households, of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 8.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.5% were non-families. 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.53.

The median age in the city was 48 years. 18.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23% were from 25 to 44; 32.1% were from 45 to 64; and 21.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.0% male and 50.0% female.

Education

The community is served by the AHSTW Community School District. It was in the Hancock-Avoca Community School District until July 1, 1996, when that district merged into the A-H-S-T Community School District. That one in turn merged into AHSTW on July 1, 2016.

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