Dow City, Iowa

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Dow City is a city in Crawford County, Iowa, United States, along the Boyer River. The population was 503 at the 2000 census.[1] The name is that of one of its founders.[citation needed]



The community was founded in 1869 by Simon E. Dow and another person.[citation needed]

Dow City is the location of the historic Dow House, which was built in 1872.[2]


Dow City is located at 41°55′42″N 95°29′40″W / 41.92833°N 95.49444°W / 41.92833; -95.49444 (41.928195, -95.494475)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²), all of it land.

Dow City is located on US Route 30 and is thirty miles north of Interstate 80.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 503 people, 227 households, and 142 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,578.3 people per square mile (606.9/km²). There were 248 housing units at an average density of 778.2/sq mi (299.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.82% White, 1.19% Asian, 1.19% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.59% of the population.

There were 227 households out of which 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.4% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.75.

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