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Lost Nation, Iowa
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Location of Lost Nation, Iowa
Location of Lost Nation, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Clinton
Incorporated July 9, 1903
Area
 • Total 0.64 sq mi (1.66 km2)
 • Land 0.64 sq mi (1.66 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
755 ft (230 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 446
 • Estimate 
(2012)
437
 • Density 696.9/sq mi (269.1/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
52254
Area code(s) 563
FIPS code 19-46605
GNIS feature ID 0458634
Website www.lostnationiowa.org

Lost Nation is a city in Clinton County, Iowa, United States. The population was 446 at the 2010 census.

History

Lost Nation was platted in 1872. Lost Nation was named for the fact it was the second town started at this site; the first "lost" town had been decimated by disease.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.64 square miles (1.66 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1910 523 —    
1920 537 +2.7%
1930 493 −8.2%
1940 493 +0.0%
1950 557 +13.0%
1960 567 +1.8%
1970 547 −3.5%
1980 524 −4.2%
1990 467 −10.9%
2000 497 +6.4%
2010 446 −10.3%
2014 429 −3.8%
2015 424 −1.2%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census
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City Hall & Library

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 446 people, 201 households, and 120 families residing in the city. The population density was 696.9 inhabitants per square mile (269.1/km2). There were 221 housing units at an average density of 345.3 per square mile (133.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.1% White and 0.9% African American. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.

There were 201 households of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.3% were non-families. 36.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.85.

The median age in the city was 44.2 years. 23.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.8% were from 25 to 44; 29.3% were from 45 to 64; and 19.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.8% male and 52.2% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 497 people, 210 households, and 136 families residing in the city. The population density was 773.7 people per square mile (299.8/km²). There were 225 housing units at an average density of 350.3 per square mile (135.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.99% White, 0.20% Asian, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.80% of the population.

There were 210 households out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.4% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% were non-families. 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the city, the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 22.1% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 21.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 84.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.5 males.

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Gilroy Rustic Park

The median income for a household in the city was $31,354, and the median income for a family was $34,792. Males had a median income of $27,708 versus $20,714 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,933. About 15.4% of families and 15.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.2% of those under age 18 and 14.6% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

Annual events

Rustic Days

The annual Rustic Days in Lost Nation take place during the third weekend of July. Rustic Days include a Rustic Run, a parade, and a street dance.

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