Anthon, Iowa

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Anthon is a city in Woodbury County in the U.S. state of Iowa. It is part of the Sioux City, IA–NESD Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 649 at the 2000 census.

Anthon was home to Charles Osborne, who had the hiccups continuously for 68 years, and was featured in the Guinness Book of World Records [1]. It was also home to eunuchoidal giant Bernard Coyne, who was over 8 feet (243 cm) tall.

Anthon was named for J.C. Anthon, a railroad engineer [2].



Anthon is located at 42°23′16″N 95°51′59″W / 42.38778°N 95.86639°W / 42.38778; -95.86639 (42.387737, -95.866362)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²), all of it land. The town is situated near the Little Sioux River.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 649 people, 291 households, and 176 families residing in the city. The population density was 909.7 people per square mile (352.9/km²). There were 310 housing units at an average density of 434.5/sq mi (168.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.38% White, 0.31% from other races, and 0.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.69% of the population.

There were 291 households out of which 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% were non-families. 37.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.95.

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