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Mount Ayr, Iowa
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Location of Mount Ayr, Iowa
Location of Mount Ayr, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Ringgold
 • Total 2.72 sq mi (7.05 km2)
 • Land 2.70 sq mi (6.99 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
1,217 ft (371 m)
 • Total 1,623
 • Density 601.11/sq mi (232.10/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 641
FIPS code 19-54480
GNIS feature ID 0459275

Mount Ayr is a city in Ringgold County, Iowa, United States. The population was 1,623 at the time of the 2020 census. It is the county seat of Ringgold County. Mount Ayr is a rural community in southwestern Iowa, 22 miles west of Interstate 35 on State Highway 2. Mount Ayr was founded in 1875 and the community was named in honor of poet Robert Burns’ birthplace in Ayr, Scotland. The “mount” was added to indicate its location on the highest point of land in the area.


Mount Ayr's longitude and latitude coordinates in decimal form are 40°42′51″N 94°14′13″W / 40.714210°N 94.236892°W / 40.714210; -94.236892.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.69 square miles (6.97 km2), of which, 2.67 square miles (6.92 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.


Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1870 422 —    
1880 1,275 +202.1%
1890 1,265 −0.8%
1900 1,729 +36.7%
1910 1,646 −4.8%
1920 1,738 +5.6%
1930 1,704 −2.0%
1940 1,930 +13.3%
1950 1,793 −7.1%
1960 1,738 −3.1%
1970 1,762 +1.4%
1980 1,938 +10.0%
1990 1,796 −7.3%
2000 1,822 +1.4%
2010 1,691 −7.2%
2020 1,623 −4.0%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,691 people, 746 households, and 437 families residing in the city. The population density was 633.3 inhabitants per square mile (244.5/km2). There were 822 housing units at an average density of 307.9 per square mile (118.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.1% White, 0.1% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 746 households, of which 24.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.9% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.4% were non-families. 37.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 24.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.80.

The median age in the city was 49.5 years. 19.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.5% were from 25 to 44; 26.6% were from 45 to 64; and 29.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 44.5% male and 55.5% female.

Arts and culture


The Mount Ayr Public Library is a Carnegie Library and has a microfiche film collection dating back to 1838 and a specialized genealogy room.

Parks and recreation

Local places for recreation include:

  • Judge Lewis Recreational Park, the city park
  • Poe Hollow Park & Ringgold Trailway
  • Sun Valley Lake and Resort, including a golf course and boating facilities
  • Fife's Grove and Loch Ayr, including a park and lake


Judge Lewis Field, that is located 2 miles South East of Mount Ayr 40°42′23″N 94°13′13″W / 40.70639°N 94.22028°W / 40.70639; -94.22028 and FAA Identified as 1Y3, is a small airport serving single-engine aircraft, operated by the city of Mount Ayr. The airport has a single gravel runway that is 2,600 feet (790 m) long by 40 feet (12 m) wide.



Mount Ayr is the home of the Mount Ayr Community School District, which serves Mount Ayr, Beaconsfield, Benton, Delphos, Ellston, Kellerton, Maloy, Redding, Tingley, and portions of Clearfield.

Mount Ayr has one high school (grades 7-12) and one elementary school (grades K-6), as well as a preschool and alternative high school. Enrollment averages around 50 students in each class. The drama department of Mount Ayr Community High School (MACHS) has produced several students who have played at district and state competitions.

Education statistics

For population 25 years and over in Mount Ayr:

  • High school or higher: 81.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 16.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.2%

Notable people

  • Peggy Whitson (born 1960) first female NASA Chief Astronaut.
  • Duane Miller (born 1947) professional football player and Drake football record-holder.
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