Eldora, Iowa

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Eldora is a city in Hardin County, Iowa, United States. The population was 3,035 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Hardin County[1]. Eldora is located adjacent to the Iowa River and Pine Lake State Park. The city is most famous for the filming of the 1996 movie Twister on location. The climactic final scene was shot in a house in Eldora which can be toured today. The city is the location of the State Training School for Boys, a school for male juvenile delinquents.[2]



Eldora is located at 42°21′37″N 93°6′5″W / 42.36028°N 93.10139°W / 42.36028; -93.10139 (42.360155, -93.101325)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.3 square miles (11.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 3,035 people, 1,193 households, and 742 families residing in the city. The population density was 698.4 people per square mile (269.4/km²). There were 1,314 housing units at an average density of 302.4/sq mi (116.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.49% White, 1.32% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.69% Asian, 0.23% Pacific Islander, 1.55% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.97% of the population.

There were 1,193 households out of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.8% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.6% 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 2.89.

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