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Tabor, Iowa
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Location of Tabor, Iowa
Location of Tabor, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
Counties Fremont, Mills
 • Total 1.29 sq mi (3.35 km2)
 • Land 1.29 sq mi (3.35 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,253 ft (382 m)
 • Total 1,014
 • Density 784.83/sq mi (303.08/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 712
FIPS code 19-76935
GNIS feature ID 0462169

Tabor is a city in Fremont County and extends northward into Mills County in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 928 at the time of the 2020 census.


Tabor is located at 40°53′48″N 95°40′21″W / 40.89667°N 95.67250°W / 40.89667; -95.67250 (40.896605, -95.672368).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.29 square miles (3.34 km2), all of it land.


Tabor College in Iowa
Tabor College, ca. 1893

In 1852 the city of Tabor was founded by several Christian clergymen, who were also active abolitionists, (George Gaston, Samuel A. Adams, and Rev. John Todd) and their families. They chose to settle in what is now Tabor in order to found a Christian college, which eventually became Tabor College. The founders "were impressed with this high location and mutually selected the name "Tabor" after the Biblical name of Mount Tabor, a mountain near Nazareth, the town of Jesus' childhood." In the 1850s the abolitionist John Brown kept a store of weapons in Tabor, and met here with other supporters to plan his raids in Kansas and Virginia, including the Raid on Harpers Ferry. The town was the home of many abolitionists, including John Todd, a 'conductor' on the Underground Railroad and co-founder of Tabor College. Tabor College was located in the city from 1853 to 1927 before it closed its doors for financial reasons. The college's buildings housed German P.O.W.s during World War II. The only building remaining from the college has now been subdivided into apartments.


Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1870 310 —    
1880 320 +3.2%
1890 503 +57.2%
1900 934 +85.7%
1910 909 −2.7%
1920 1,186 +30.5%
1930 1,017 −14.2%
1940 976 −4.0%
1950 869 −11.0%
1960 909 +4.6%
1970 957 +5.3%
1980 1,088 +13.7%
1990 994 −8.6%
2000 993 −0.1%
2010 1,040 +4.7%
2020 928 −10.8%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census, there were 1,040 people, 418 households and 272 families living in the city. The population density was 806.2 per square mile (311.3/km2). There were 451 housing units at an average density of 349.6 per square mile (135.0/km2). The racial makeup was 98.5% White, 0.7% African American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.

There were 418 households, of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.9% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15% 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 2.95.

The median age was 44.3 years. 23.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.3% were from 25 to 44; 27.1% were from 45 to 64; and 22.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.3% male and 51.7% female.

National Historic Places and attractions

  • Todd House (1853), home of abolitionist John Todd and Underground Railroad station, now a museum
  • Hunter School (1901), one room school house
  • Tabor Antislavery Historic District (1853), series of abolitionist related buildings and places


Fremont–Mills Community School District operates public schools.

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