Avoca, Iowa

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Avoca, Iowa
Downtown Avoca, Iowa
Downtown Avoca, Iowa
Location of Avoca, Iowa
Location of Avoca, Iowa
Coordinates: 41°29′N 95°20′W / 41.483°N 95.333°W / 41.483; -95.333Coordinates: 41°29′N 95°20′W / 41.483°N 95.333°W / 41.483; -95.333
Country United States
State Iowa
CountyPottawattamie
Government
 • TypeMayor-council
 • MayorCaden Larson
Area
 • Total2.13 sq mi (5.52 km2)
 • Land2.13 sq mi (5.52 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
1,194 ft (364 m)
Population
 • Total1,506
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
1,513
 • Density707/sq mi (273.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
51521
Area code(s)712
FIPS code19-03970
GNIS feature ID0454290
WebsiteCity of Avoca

Avoca is a city in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. In 2010, 1,506 people lived there.

History[change | change source]

Avoca was created in 1869 when the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad built a railroad near the area.[4] It is named after Avoca in Ireland. It quickly became a regional service center for the nearby farms.[5]

Geography[change | change source]

Avoca is at 41°29′N 95°20′W / 41.483°N 95.333°W / 41.483; -95.333 (41.4790, -95.3373).[6] The city is between the West Nishnabotna River and its East Branch.

The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 2.13 square miles (5.52 km2). All of it is land.[1]

People[change | change source]

Historical populations
Year Population ±%
1900 1,627
1910 1,520 −6.6%
1920 1,482 −2.5%
1930 1,673 +12.9%
1940 1,598 −4.5%
1950 1,595 −0.2%
1960 1,540 −3.4%
1970 1,535 −0.3%
1980 1,650 +7.5%
1990 1,497 −9.3%
2000 1,610 +7.5%
2010 1,506 −6.5%
2016 1,513 +0.5%
Source:"American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

2010 census[change | change source]

In 2010, there were 1,506 people, 662 households, and 436 families living in the Avoca.[2] 98.8% of the people were White, 0.2% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9% of the people.

The median age in the city was 43.2 years old. 48.9% of the people were male, and 51.1% of the people were female.

Education[change | change source]

The community is served by the AHSTW Community School District.[8] It used to be in the Hancock-Avoca Community School District until July 1, 1996. This was when the district merged into the A-H-S-T Community School District. In turn, that merged into AHSTW on July 1, 2016.[9]

Famous People[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  3. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. History of Pottawattamie County, Iowa: Containing a History from the Earliest Settlement to the Present Time. O. L. Baskin & Company. 1883. p. 244.
  5. Pottawatamie Count Historical Society article on Avoca Archived March 30, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  6. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. "AHSTW." Iowa Department of Education. Retrieved on July 15, 2018.
  9. "REORGANIZATION & DISSOLUTION ACTIONS SINCE 1965-66." Iowa Department of Education. Retrieved on July 20, 2018.
  10. "FilmReference". Richard Beymer biography. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
  11. "People In The News". Associated Press. July 2, 1986. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  12. "Miller Center of Public Affairs University of Virginia". American President Woodrow Wilson/Edwin T. Meredith Secretary of Agriculture. Archived from the original on 17 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
  13. 'U.S. Attorney Turner dies of heart attack,' Des Moines Register, Bob Shaw, September 29, 1986, pg. 1. 11A

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