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Schaller, Iowa
—  City  —
Location of Schaller, Iowa
Coordinates: 42°29′50″N 95°17′39″W / 42.49722°N 95.29417°W / 42.49722; -95.29417
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Sac
Area
 - Total 1.3 sq mi (3.3 km2)
 - Land 1.3 sq mi (3.3 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,411 ft (430 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 779
 - Density 619.4/sq mi (239.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 51053
Area code(s) 712
FIPS code 19-71085
GNIS feature ID 0465956

Schaller is a city in Sac County, Iowa, United States. The population was 779 at the 2000 census.

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History

The town of Schaller, named after Phil Schaller, was incorporated in 1882. The town had been founded in August 1879 as a station for the railroad under construction. The economy then, as currently, was based on commercial support for surrounding farms. Settlers came mostly from Germany, England, Canada, New York, and eastern Iowa. Throughout the middle part of the twentieth century a major industry consisted of the packers of Bango and Jolly Time popcorn. The presence and size of these two companies encouraged the townspeople to call Schaller "The Popcorn Capital of the world." Popcorn is still a major area crop but the companies moved on to other locations in the 1980s. The railroad ceased operations and pulled up tracks in the 1970s. Transportation connections are by U.S. Route 20 and Iowa Highway 110. Corn (seed and feed), soy beans, and feeder cattle are the major products of the area.

Geography

Schaller is located at 42°29′50″N 95°17′39″W / 42.49722°N 95.29417°W / 42.49722; -95.29417 (42.497325, -95.294219)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 779 people, 321 households, and 216 families residing in the city. The population density was 619.4 people per square mile (238.7/km²). There were 347 housing units at an average density of 275.9/sq mi (106.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.82% White, 0.13% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 0.64% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.08% of the population.

There were 321 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 23.6% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 19.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 100.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,365, and the median income for a family was $40,268. Males had a median income of $26,964 versus $17,875 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,520. About 2.6% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.2% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.

References

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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