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Runnells, Iowa
Location of Runnells, Iowa
Location of Runnells, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Polk
Government
 • Type Mayor/Council
Area
 • Total 0.41 sq mi (1.07 km2)
 • Land 0.41 sq mi (1.07 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
807 ft (246 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 457
 • Density 1,103.86/sq mi (426.23/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50237
Area code(s) 515
FIPS code 19-69240
GNIS feature ID 0460848

Runnells is a city in the southeastern corner of Polk County, Iowa, United States. The population was 457 at the time of the 2020 census. It is part of the Des MoinesWest Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Runnells incorporated as a city on May 21, 1903. It was named for John S. Runnells, a former editorial writer for the Iowa State Register and private secretary for Governor Samuel Merrill.

Geography

Runnells is located at 41°30′45″N 93°21′25″W / 41.51250°N 93.35694°W / 41.51250; -93.35694 (41.512450, -93.357063).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.43 square miles (1.11 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1910 428 —    
1920 369 −13.8%
1930 367 −0.5%
1940 388 +5.7%
1950 307 −20.9%
1960 322 +4.9%
1970 354 +9.9%
1980 377 +6.5%
1990 306 −18.8%
2000 352 +15.0%
2010 507 +44.0%
2020 457 −9.9%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 507 people, 179 households, and 135 families living in the city. The population density was 1,179.1 inhabitants per square mile (455.3/km2). There were 187 housing units at an average density of 434.9 per square mile (167.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.0% White, 0.2% African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 179 households, of which 45.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.5% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 24.6% were non-families. 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.34.

The median age in the city was 31.9 years. 33.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 31.4% were from 25 to 44; 18.7% were from 45 to 64; and 10.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.3% male and 48.7% female.

Notable person

  • Dennis Keeney grew up on the Keeney Place/ family farm near Runnells
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