Ayrshire, Iowa

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Ayrshire is a city in Palo Alto County, Iowa, United States. The population was 202 at the 2000 census.



Ayrshire was incorporated on 20 September 1895.[citation needed] In 1972, the town drew national attention for having the youngest mayor in America. Jody Smith was nineteen when he was elected mayor.[1]


Ayrshire is located at 43°2′19″N 94°50′5″W / 43.03861°N 94.83472°W / 43.03861; -94.83472 (43.038506, -94.834712)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 202 people, 89 households, and 55 families residing in the city. The population density was 970.6 people per square mile (371.4/km²). There were 98 housing units at an average density of 470.9/sq mi (180.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White.

There were 89 households out of which 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.9% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.2% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 21.8% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 20.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 87.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,500, and the median income for a family was $30,893. Males had a median income of $26,750 versus $15,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,371. None of the families and 4.8% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 7.1% of those over 64.


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