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Palo, Iowa
—  City  —
Location of Palo, Iowa
Coordinates: 42°3′44″N 91°47′35″W / 42.06222°N 91.79306°W / 42.06222; -91.79306
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Linn
 - Total 1.3 sq mi (3.2 km2)
 - Land 1.3 sq mi (3.2 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 741 ft (226 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 614
 - Density 490.4/sq mi (189.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 52324
Area code(s) 319
FIPS code 19-61230
GNIS feature ID 0460004

Palo is a city in Linn County, Iowa, United States. The population was 614 at the 2000 census; a special census in 2006 counted 899 residents.[1] It is part of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Palo is located near the Duane Arnold Energy Center, the only nuclear power plant in Iowa, and the Pleasant Creek State Recreation Park.



Palo is located at 42°3′44″N 91°47′35″W / 42.06222°N 91.79306°W / 42.06222; -91.79306 (42.062201, -91.793126)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 614 people, 247 households, and 170 families residing in the city. The population density was 490.4 people per square mile (189.7/km²). There were 251 housing units at an average density of 200.5/sq mi (77.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.70% White, 0.16% African American, 0.16% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.65% of the population.

There were 247 households out of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.5% were married couples living together, 4.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 31.6% from 25 to 44, 28.3% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $53,558, and the median income for a family was $58,571. Males had a median income of $39,167 versus $24,044 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,429. About 1.1% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 18.6% of those age 65 or over.

2008 flooding

Palo suffered severe damage during the Iowa Flood of 2008. The nuclear power plant wasn't harmed, but the phone service was cut off. Eventually the entire city underwent a mandatory evacuation.


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