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Stratford, Iowa
City sign
City sign
Motto(s): 
The place to be
Location of Stratford, Iowa
Location of Stratford, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
Counties Hamilton, Webster
Area
 • Total 1.81 sq mi (4.70 km2)
 • Land 1.81 sq mi (4.70 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,109 ft (338 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 707
 • Density 389.53/sq mi (150.39/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50249
Area code(s) 515
FIPS code 19-75810
GNIS feature ID 0462029
Website www.stratfordiowa.com

Stratford is a city in Hamilton and Webster counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 707 at the time of the 2020 census.

History

Stratford was platted in 1880. It was named after Stratford-upon-Avon, in England. A post office has been in operation in Stratford since 1881. Stratford was actually first founded at Hook's Point, Hamilton County, Iowa. Stratford had a train coming through from 1880 until World War Two. Stratford has an independent school system with an elementary school located on the corner of Shakespeare Avenue and Dryden Street.

An F3 tornado struck Stratford on November 12, 2005.

Geography

Stratford's longitude and latitude coordinates
in decimal form are 42.270919, -93.926862.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.91 square miles (4.95 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1900 458 —    
1910 554 +21.0%
1920 694 +25.3%
1930 699 +0.7%
1940 712 +1.9%
1950 673 −5.5%
1960 703 +4.5%
1970 710 +1.0%
1980 806 +13.5%
1990 715 −11.3%
2000 746 +4.3%
2010 743 −0.4%
2020 707 −4.8%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census
Stratford Iowa 20090419 Library
Stratford Public Library
Stratford Iowa 20090419 Downtown
Downtown Stratford

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 743 people, 307 households, and 183 families living in the city. The population density was 389.0 inhabitants per square mile (150.2/km2). There were 334 housing units at an average density of 174.9 per square mile (67.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.2% White and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.

There were 307 households, of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.4% were non-families. 36.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the city was 46.3 years. 22.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.1% were from 25 to 44; 25.5% were from 45 to 64; and 26.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.

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