Douds, Iowa

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Douds is a census-designated place (CDP) in Van Buren County, Iowa, United States. The population was 165 at the 2000 census.



Douds was platted in the 1860s by brothers Eliab and David Doud. Douds was never officially incorporated as a town, but has a Post Office and its own zip code. On the southern bank of the Des Moines River lies Douds' "Twin City", Leando. Leando is the elder, but smaller of the two towns. Leando was settled in the 1830s and was originally called Portland. In the original deed it was stipulated by the Doud brothers that there was to be no buying or selling of intoxicating liquors in the town.

This was upheld until the 1990s when Rob Moore began selling alcohol in his grocery store. Until the construction of the first iron bridge (1898) the towns of Douds and Portland saw much rivalry. Douds is home to Douds Stone Inc. which operates from one of the largest underground limestone mines in the state of Iowa. Farmers and Traders Savings Bank (founded 1910) is located in Douds, and is one of the few banks to survive the Great Depression. Now considered one community, (Douds and Leando) Douds hosts its annual Field Day on the last full weekend in June.


Douds is located at 40°50′22″N 92°5′8″W / 40.83944°N 92.08556°W / 40.83944; -92.08556 (40.839571, -92.085476)[1], in the Northwestern portion of Van Buren County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 km²), of which, 2.2 square miles (5.7 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (3.91%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 165 people, 81 households, and 46 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 74.7 people per square mile (28.8/km²). There were 90 housing units at an average density of 40.8/sq mi (15.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 98.79% White and 1.21% Asian.

There were 81 households out of which 24.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.6% were married couples living together, and 43.2% were non-families. 40.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 27.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.04 and the average family size was 2.76.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 21.8% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 22.4% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 26.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.7 males.

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