Bertram, Iowa

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Bertram is a city in Linn County, Iowa, United States. The population was 681 at the 2000 census, although the official population was later revised to 263 when officials discovered that 418 students living in a Cornell College dormitory in nearby Mount Vernon had incorrectly been reported as living in Bertram.[1]

Bertram is part of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Bertram is located at 41°57′00″N 91°32′04″W / 41.950036°N 91.534363°W / 41.950036; -91.534363 (41.950036, -91.534363).[2]

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.

Located on the Union Pacific Railroad main line (former Chicago and North Western Railway), which has a nearby large trestle over Big Creek, the city is primarily a bedroom community of Cedar Rapids.[citation needed] Bertram is also close to Palisades-Kepler State Park.[citation needed]


As of the incorrect census[3] of 2000, there were 681 people, 98 households, and 76 families residing in the city. The population density was 533.5 people per square mile (205.4/km2). There were 101 housing units at an average density of 79.1/sq mi (30.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.18% White, 1.91% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.47% of the population.

There were 98 households out of which 20.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.4% were married couples living together, 3.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.4% were non-families. 18.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.66.

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