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Scranton, Iowa
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Location of Scranton, Iowa
Location of Scranton, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Greene
 • Total 1.86 sq mi (4.82 km2)
 • Land 1.86 sq mi (4.82 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,178 ft (359 m)
 • Total 511
 • Density 274.58/sq mi (106.00/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 712
FIPS code 19-71310
GNIS feature ID 0461492

Scranton is a city in Greene County, Iowa, United States. The population was 511 at the time of the 2020 census. It was named after Scranton, Pennsylvania.


Scranton was platted in 1869, shortly after the Cedar Rapids & Missouri River Railroad was built through that territory. It was named for Joseph H. Scranton from Scranton, Pennsylvania. Scranton was incorporated in 1880.

Scranton's water tower, built in 1897, is the oldest working water tower in Iowa and 9th oldest in the United States. A fire occurred at the tower in 1907, initially started to melt ice that had caused the town to be without water. Three men were injured attempting to put the fire out, although the tower itself did not suffer any major damage.


Scranton is located along U.S. Route 30 at 42°1′20″N 94°32′46″W / 42.02222°N 94.54611°W / 42.02222; -94.54611 (42.022197, -94.546047), in the valley of the North Raccoon River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.88 square miles (4.87 km2), all of it land.


Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1890 715 —    
1900 983 +37.5%
1910 845 −14.0%
1920 843 −0.2%
1930 1,058 +25.5%
1940 1,014 −4.2%
1950 891 −12.1%
1960 865 −2.9%
1970 751 −13.2%
1980 748 −0.4%
1990 583 −22.1%
2000 604 +3.6%
2010 557 −7.8%
2020 511 −8.3%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 557 people, 238 households, and 143 families residing in the city. The population density was 296.3 inhabitants per square mile (114.4/km2). There were 267 housing units at an average density of 142.0 per square mile (54.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.4% White, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 2.7% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.9% of the population.

There were 238 households, of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.9% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 3.06.

The median age in the city was 43.2 years. 23.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.2% 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 51.2% male and 48.8% female.


Annual events in Scranton include the Mid-Summer Festival, held in July, and a Christmas celebration.

Every 5 years the town holds an all school reunion. Next reunion will be in 2015.

Three churches exist in Scranton; St. Paul's Catholic Church, the United Methodist Church and the Church of Christ.


Residents are in the Greene County Community School District, which operates Greene County Elementary, Greene County Middle, and Greene County High schools in Jefferson.

It was part of the Scranton School District until July 1, 1992, when that district merged into the Jefferson–Scranton Community School District. It was a part of Jefferson–Scranton until it merged into the Greene County district on July 1, 2014.

Scranton formerly had a public school building of its own, which had a three-story section built in 1915. The school closed in 2008; the school district had notified the city government in 2006 so the city could plan for the future of the school. In 2010 the city government acquired the building, paying $1 for it, and converted it into a community center; the city government considered converting the school facility into an apartment block, but it determined it would have required too much money. The city government determined that it could not find a purpose for the 1913 section; therefore its razing occurred in 2012. The current Greene County district, as of 2014, rented the school gymnasium for athletic meetups.

Notable people

  • Bryce Paup, NFL player
  • Ruth Jackson (1902 – 1994), the first female board-certified orthopedic surgeon in the United States, was born on a farm near Scranton.
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