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Marathon, Iowa
Location of Marathon, Iowa
Location of Marathon, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Buena Vista
Area
 • Total 0.75 sq mi (1.94 km2)
 • Land 0.75 sq mi (1.94 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,391 ft (424 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 230
 • Density 307.1/sq mi (118.56/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50565
Area code(s) 712
FIPS code 19-49260
GNIS feature ID 0458792

Marathon is a city in Buena Vista County, Iowa, United States. The population was 230 at the time of the 2020 census. The food writer Richard Olney grew up in Marathon.

Every year in June in Marathon, a marathon and 5k are held. The Marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

History

A post office called Marathon has been in operation since 1882. The name of the city commemorates the Battle of Marathon.

Geography

Marathon is located at 42°51′36″N 94°58′54″W / 42.86000°N 94.98167°W / 42.86000; -94.98167 (42.860021, -94.981731).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.74 square miles (1.92 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1900 659 —    
1910 532 −19.3%
1920 520 −2.3%
1930 573 +10.2%
1940 597 +4.2%
1950 565 −5.4%
1960 516 −8.7%
1970 447 −13.4%
1980 442 −1.1%
1990 320 −27.6%
2000 302 −5.6%
2010 237 −21.5%
2020 230 −3.0%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 237 people in 121 households, including 62 families, in the city. The population density was 320.3 inhabitants per square mile (123.7/km2). There were 150 housing units at an average density of 202.7 per square mile (78.3/km2). The racial makup of the city was 98.7% White, 0.4% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5%.

Of the 121 households 17.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.8% were married couples living together, 3.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 48.8% were non-families. 44.6% of households were one person and 21.5% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 1.96 and the average family size was 2.69.

The median age was 49.5 years. 19.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.3% were from 25 to 44; 34.9% were from 45 to 64; and 22.4% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.5% male and 48.5% female.

Education

Marathon is within the Laurens–Marathon Community School District. It was a part of the Marathon Community School District until its consolidation into Laurens–Marathon on July 1, 1976. High school students from Laurens–Marathon have attended Pocahontas Area High School since 2017.

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