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Moravia, Iowa
The Wabash Train Depot, built in 1903
The Wabash Train Depot, built in 1903
Location of Moravia, Iowa
Location of Moravia, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Appanoose
 • Total 1.18 sq mi (3.05 km2)
 • Land 1.18 sq mi (3.05 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
994 ft (303 m)
 • Total 637
 • Density 541.67/sq mi (209.16/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 641
FIPS code 19-53985
GNIS feature ID 0459222

Moravia is a city in Appanoose County, Iowa, United States. The population was 637 at the time of the 2020 census.


Moravia is named for the religious faith. Moravian families left Salem, North Carolina in 1849 to start a colony in the west. Money was sent to purchase forty acres of land for a town site by several benevolent Moravian sisters. It was their wish that town lots be sold and the money be used to build a Moravian Church.The families made the long journey to Iowa and acquired many acres of land.

The town site of Moravia was laid out on June 27, 1850 and was recorded July 15, 1851. The surveying was done using a pocket compass and tapeline for measuring instruments.The old ridge road from Unionville, Iowa to Moravia and west to Iconium, Iowa was the Mormon Trail of 1846 from Nauvoo, Illinois to Salt Lake, Utah.

Moravia observed its sesquicentennial anniversary (150th birthday) July 4, 2001. The sesquicentennial anniversary was celebrated with a giant birthday party with events scheduled all day. A Moravian Church was built and dedicated in 1851. The early Moravian Families honored the customs of the Moravian Church, which was founded in the country of Moravia in 1597.

Several of these customs are remembered and celebrated today in Moravia's annual events and festivals. Since the town was founded, it has experienced a rich tradition in the customs of the town's Moravian founders. The Moravia Tour of Homes is an example of a custom founded in the country of Moravia.

Christmas time was a time for Moravians to visit their neighbors and view their colorful Christmas decorations. This custom is remembered and practiced at Christmas time each year by The Moravia Tour of Homes. Another Moravian custom relived each year at Christmas time in Moravia is the Lovefest. The love fest is a traditional religious service with music provided, usually by local talent. Moravian refreshments are served in the tradition of the early Moravians.


Moravia is located at 40°53′26″N 92°48′57″W / 40.89056°N 92.81583°W / 40.89056; -92.81583 (40.890621, -92.815831).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.12 square miles (2.90 km2), all land.


Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1860 172 —    
1870 161 −6.4%
1880 173 +7.5%
1890 311 +79.8%
1900 632 +103.2%
1910 682 +7.9%
1920 837 +22.7%
1930 684 −18.3%
1940 731 +6.9%
1950 652 −10.8%
1960 621 −4.8%
1970 699 +12.6%
1980 706 +1.0%
1990 679 −3.8%
2000 713 +5.0%
2010 665 −6.7%
2020 637 −4.2%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 665 people, 301 households, and 176 families residing in the city. The population density was 593.8 inhabitants per square mile (229.3/km2). There were 325 housing units at an average density of 290.2 per square mile (112.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.5% White, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.2% of the population.

There were 301 households, of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.9% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.5% were non-families. 36.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.89.

The median age in the city was 42.1 years. 24.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.6% were from 25 to 44; 26.3% were from 45 to 64; and 21.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.7% male and 52.3% female.

Notable person

  • Molly Bolin Kazmer (Molly Van Benthuysen), professional women's basketball player with the Iowa Cornets of the Women's Professional Basketball League, grew up in Moravia and was a 1975 graduate of Moravia High School.

See also

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