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Ringsted, Iowa
Location of Ringsted, Iowa
Location of Ringsted, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Emmet
 • Total 1.00 sq mi (2.58 km2)
 • Land 1.00 sq mi (2.58 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,283 ft (391 m)
 • Total 365
 • Density 366.47/sq mi (141.55/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 712
FIPS code 19-67170
GNIS feature ID 0460640

Ringsted is a city in Emmet County, Iowa, United States. At the 2020 census, the population was 365.


Ringsted was platted in 1899. It was named after Ringsted, Denmark, the native home of an early settler.


Ringsted is located at 43°17′42″N 94°30′32″W / 43.29500°N 94.50889°W / 43.29500; -94.50889 (43.294961, -94.509027).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.08 square miles (2.80 km2), all of it land.


Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1910 313 —    
1920 599 +91.4%
1930 486 −18.9%
1940 508 +4.5%
1950 578 +13.8%
1960 559 −3.3%
1970 509 −8.9%
1980 557 +9.4%
1990 481 −13.6%
2000 436 −9.4%
2010 422 −3.2%
2020 365 −13.5%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 422 people, 193 households, and 113 families residing in the city. The population density was 390.7 inhabitants per square mile (150.9/km2). There were 221 housing units at an average density of 204.6 per square mile (79.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.6% White, 0.7% Native American, 0.9% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 193 households, of which 24.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.1% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.5% were non-families. 36.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.86.

The median age in the city was 43.3 years. 23.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.3% were from 25 to 44; 27.7% were from 45 to 64; and 20.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.4% male and 53.6% female.


The city is known for its Danish-American and Lutheran population. The St. Ansgar Danish Lutheran Church was organized by the city's original founders in 1882. In 1894, due to a theological debate about the word of God and activities such as dancing, the Danish Lutheran community was divided into two groups nicknamed "Happy Danes" and "Sad Danes". A folk dance trope called "The Happy Dancing Danes" gained local popularity in the 1940s, given this name because "Happy Danes" did not believe dancing was sinful. The congregations were reunited in 2007.


North Union Community School District operates public schools. It was established on July 1, 2014, by the merger of the Armstrong–Ringsted Community School District and the Sentral Community School District. The latter formed on July 1, 1979, with the merger of the Armstrong and Ringsted school districts.

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