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Russell, Iowa
Location of Russell, Iowa
Location of Russell, Iowa
Country United States
State Iowa
County Lucas
Incorporated April 25, 1887
Area
 • Total 1.02 sq mi (2.66 km2)
 • Land 1.02 sq mi (2.66 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,030 ft (314 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 472
 • Density 460.49/sq mi (177.75/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50238
Area code(s) 641
FIPS code 19-69285
GNIS feature ID 0460861

Russell is a city in Lucas County, Iowa, United States. The population was 472 in the 2020 census, a decline from the 559 population in 2000.

History

Russell was incorporated as a city on April 25, 1887.

Geography

Russell is located at 40°58′57″N 93°11′55″W / 40.98250°N 93.19861°W / 40.98250; -93.19861 (40.982388, -93.198642).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.04 square miles (2.69 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 175
1880 345 97.1%
1890 443 28.4%
1900 636 43.6%
1910 612 −3.8%
1920 633 3.4%
1930 571 −9.8%
1940 642 12.4%
1950 566 −11.8%
1960 577 1.9%
1970 591 2.4%
1980 593 0.3%
1990 531 −10.5%
2000 559 5.3%
2010 554 −0.9%
2020 472 −14.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 554 people, 212 households, and 146 families residing in the city. The population density was 532.7 inhabitants per square mile (205.7/km2). There were 250 housing units at an average density of 240.4 per square mile (92.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.9% White, 0.4% African American, 2.2% Native American, and 0.5% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.

There were 212 households, of which 34.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.1% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.10.

The median age in the city was 39.4 years. 29.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.7% were from 25 to 44; 23.7% were from 45 to 64; and 17.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.8% male and 50.2% female.

Notable people

  • Rich Arnold (born 1945), Iowa House Representative 1995–current (2011)
  • George McGill (1879–1963), United States Senator from Kansas 1930–39
  • Paul McKinley Iowa Senator 2001–current (2011)
  • In the 1970s, author Richard Bach used to fly through the Midwest in a biplane, landing at various small towns and selling airplane rides. At the beginning of his autobiographical book, "The Bridge Across Forever", Bach lands at Russell, Iowa and sells rides to some of the residents. At the end of the day, he suddenly realizes that he has nothing more to learn from barnstorming and that the rides he has sold earlier that day in Russell are the last rides he will ever sell again.
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