Athelstan, Iowa

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Athelstan is a former city in Taylor County, Iowa, United States, along the Platte River, and is also majority owned by the Young family. The population was 18 at the 2000 census. In 2004, after years of rural flight, the tiny city was disincorporated, ending its status as an officially recognized community.[1]



Athelstan is located at 40°34′22″N 94°32′33″W / 40.57278°N 94.5425°W / 40.57278; -94.5425 (40.572664, -94.542476)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city had a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²), all land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 18 people, 13 households, and 2 families residing in the city. The population density was 138.8 people per square mile (53.5/km²). There were 16 housing units at an average density of 123.4/sq mi (47.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White.

There were 13 households out of which none had children under the age of 18 living with them, 15.4% were married couples living together, and 84.6% were non-families. 61.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.38 and the average family size was 2.00.

In the city the population was spread out with 5.6% from 18 to 24, 22.2% from 25 to 44, 16.7% from 45 to 64, and 55.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 68 years. For every 100 females there were 200.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 200.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,750, and the median income for a family was $25,625. Males had a median income of $24,688 versus $0 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,737. There were no families and 31.6% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 50.0% of those over 64.

See also

Other discontinued cities in Iowa:

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