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Mapleton, Iowa
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"Rural beauty with a touch of class"
Location of Mapleton, Iowa
Location of Mapleton, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Monona
 • Total 1.57 sq mi (4.07 km2)
 • Land 1.57 sq mi (4.07 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,138 ft (347 m)
 • Total 1,165
 • Density 741.09/sq mi (286.19/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 712
FIPS code 19-49170
GNIS feature ID 0458787

Mapleton is a city in Monona County, Iowa, United States. The population was 1,165 at the time of the 2020 census.


Mapleton was platted in 1877 when the railroad was extended to that point. It was named from its location near the Maple River.

Between 7:20 and 7:30 p.m. on April 9, 2011, a rated EF3 wedge tornado ripped through the western half of Mapleton. Early reports say that 50-60% of the town has been damaged or destroyed by the tornado which appeared to be 3/4ths of a mile wide. No serious injuries were reported. Businesses became damaged, several homes were destroyed.


Mapleton is located at 42°9′51″N 95°47′28″W / 42.16417°N 95.79111°W / 42.16417; -95.79111 (42.164049, -95.791110). It is situated on the Maple River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.60 square miles (4.14 km2), all of it land.


Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1880 379 —    
1890 782 +106.3%
1900 1,099 +40.5%
1910 1,100 +0.1%
1920 1,367 +24.3%
1930 1,622 +18.7%
1940 1,824 +12.5%
1950 1,857 +1.8%
1960 1,686 −9.2%
1970 1,647 −2.3%
1980 1,495 −9.2%
1990 1,294 −13.4%
2000 1,416 +9.4%
2010 1,224 −13.6%
2020 1,165 −4.8%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,224 people, 537 households, and 300 families residing in the city. The population density was 765.0 inhabitants per square mile (295.4/km2). There were 631 housing units at an average density of 394.4 per square mile (152.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.8% White, 0.9% African American, 1.0% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 537 households, of which 24.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.0% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.1% were non-families. 41.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 24.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the city was 49 years. 24.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16.6% were from 25 to 44; 25.1% were from 45 to 64; and 29.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.1% male and 52.9% female.


The Maple Valley–Anthon–Oto Community School District operates public schools serving the community.

Established in 1858, East Mapleton Township School was the first school in the area. The independent school district was established on May 5, 1880. A $2,200 bond approved by voters on June 15, 1880, resulted in the construction of a new school established on a site acquired for $200 on August 31, 1880. Another new building opened around 1903.

The Mapleton Consolidated School District, which operated the Mapleton Consolidated School, formed on July 12, 1916. The district purchased land for another new school, funded by a $95,000 bond that passed 280–70 on April 12, 1917, in August of the same year. The new school opened in October 1918. A vocational building funded by a $17,000 bond passed in 1926 finished construction in January 1927.

In 1955, Mapleton Community School District, as it was now known, absorbed the Ticonic Independent School District, serving Ticonic. An addition connecting both existing buildings in the Maple Valley School, funded by a $300,000 1957 bond, was completed in 1959. The school had 620 students and 39 teachers around that time.

The Mapleton Community School District merged into the Maple Valley Community School District in 1961. On July 1, 2012, the Maple Valley district consolidated with the Anthon–Oto Community School District to form the new Maple Valley–Anthon–Oto district.

Notable people

  • Garfield Wood, inventor, motorboat and hydroplane pioneer
  • Arthur Carhart, conservationist
  • John F. Raper Jr., United States Attorney for District of Wyoming
  • Rev. Vine Victor Deloria, first Episcopal priest of Native American heritage to serve in the Diocese of Iowa
  • Richard D. Kisling, 3rd Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force

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