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Richland, Iowa
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Location of Richland, Iowa
Location of Richland, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Keokuk
 • Total 1.03 sq mi (2.68 km2)
 • Land 1.03 sq mi (2.68 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
771 ft (235 m)
 • Total 542
 • Density 524.18/sq mi (202.33/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 319
FIPS code 19-66720
GNIS feature ID 0460617

Richland is a city in Keokuk County, Iowa, United States. The population was 542 at the time of the 2020 census.


Richland is located at 41°11′6″N 91°59′38″W / 41.18500°N 91.99389°W / 41.18500; -91.99389 (41.184899, -91.993871).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.77 square miles (1.99 km2), all of it land.


Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1880 254 —    
1890 531 +109.1%
1900 534 +0.6%
1910 613 +14.8%
1920 639 +4.2%
1930 713 +11.6%
1940 614 −13.9%
1950 591 −3.7%
1960 546 −7.6%
1970 595 +9.0%
1980 600 +0.8%
1990 522 −13.0%
2000 587 +12.5%
2010 584 −0.5%
2020 542 −7.2%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 584 people, 239 households, and 161 families living in the city. The population density was 758.4 inhabitants per square mile (292.8/km2). There were 262 housing units at an average density of 340.3 per square mile (131.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.5% White, 0.3% African American, 0.7% Native American, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.3% of the population.

There were 239 households, of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.4% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.6% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.01.

The median age in the city was 38.6 years. 27.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.6% were from 25 to 44; 22.7% were from 45 to 64; and 18.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.


It is in the Pekin Community School District. Pekin Community High School is the local high school.

Richland had its own elementary and secondary school, which was constructed in the 1920s. In 1959, after much local controversy, Richland was incorporated into the Pekin Community School System. The high schools in Richland, Ollie, Packwood, and Farson were closed, although the buildings associated with them continued to be used for elementary and junior high school students. All the high school students from these four towns, along with all the rural areas which had been associated with these separate school systems, were then educated at a new building located near Pekin.

In 1970, a further consolidation eliminated the local junior high schools and replaced them with a consolidated middle school in Packwood: all students in grades six through eight began to go to Packwood, and, thereafter, the Richland school building was used only for elementary students (kindergarten through fifth grade) from Richland and its associated rural areas, including Rubio. Elementary students from elsewhere in the district went to Ollie, and the Farson school was closed. In this consolidation, all middle school students went to Packwood.

In 1978, after completion of a new structure adjacent to the Pekin High School building, all students in the district began to go to classes there. The Packwood and Richland school buildings were then closed. Richland's building is the only one of the four local schools to still stand although is in a state of dilapidation and has not been used since May 1978, when the final group of students finished their academic year.

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