Chariton, Iowa

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Chariton is a city in and the county seat of Lucas County, Iowa, United States.[1] The population was 4,573 at the 2000 census. It is the primary distribution center for, and former corporate seat of, the Hy-Vee supermarket chain.



Chariton is located at 41°0′58″N 93°18′27″W / 41.01611°N 93.3075°W / 41.01611; -93.3075 (41.016033, -93.307610)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.6 km²), all of it land.

It is the exact half way point, on U.S. Route 34 (runs east and west to each side of the state). The courthouse is the highest point of elevation in the whole town and is located on the Missouri/Mississippi River Divide.[citation needed]


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 4,573 people, 1,936 households, and 1,192 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,238.2 people per square mile (478.5/km²). There were 2,155 housing units at an average density of 583.5/sq mi (225.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.88% White, 0.15% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.26% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.87% of the population.

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