Aredale, Iowa

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Aredale is a city in Butler County, Iowa, United States. The population was 89 at the 2000 census.



The town of Aredale owes its conception to cheese. The area surrounding the town had seen increasing settlement since the 1860s, and in 1890, the local dairy farmers pooled their resources to create a cheese making factory, which eventually helped the town develop enough to warrant the community its own post office and thus township rights.

The name Aredale is derived from a variation on the Pennsylvania town of Airville, from which several Aredale residents had emigrated. The plat was recorded on June 28, 1900 by the Iowa and Minnesota Town Site Company. June 28 later was observed as Field Day by residents, and featured a town celebration and a baseball game visited by hundreds of people from nearby towns.

Soon the town featured a number of competing lumberyards and stockyards, and the Aredale Savings and Loan was constructed in 1901. That same year, the First Methodist Church was organized, and purchased the Coldwater Methodist Church building, which was then moved in town. It was destroyed by fire in 1923 and replaced by a new building.

In 1953, a train wreck destroyed the town depot, and no new one was forthcoming.


Aredale is located at 42°50′6″N 93°0′17″W / 42.835°N 93.00472°W / 42.835; -93.00472 (42.834907, -93.004744)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 89 people, 36 households, and 23 families residing in the city. The population density was 89.0 people per square mile (34.4/km²). There were 42 housing units at an average density of 42.0/sq mi (16.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.88% White, and 1.12% from two or more races.

There were 36 households out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.1% were non-families. 36.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 27.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.09.

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