Elma, Iowa

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Elma is a city in Howard County, Iowa, United States. The population was 598 at the 2000 census.



Elma is located at 43°14′44″N 92°26′19″W / 43.245649°N 92.438598°W / 43.245649; -92.438598 (43.245649, -92.438598).[1]

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.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 598 people, 242 households, and 150 families residing in the city. The population density was 464.5 people per square mile (179.0/km2). There were 264 housing units at an average density of 205.1/sq mi (79.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.33% White, 0.17% African American, 0.17% Native American, and 0.33% from two or more races.

There were 242 households out of which 24.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.0% were non-families. 34.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the city the population was spread out with 20.6% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 21.4% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 27.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 88.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,417, and the median income for a family was $40,417. Males had a median income of $26,250 versus $19,167 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,263. About 10.8% of families and 17.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.3% of those under age 18 and 26.2% of those age 65 or over.


The Elma Eagles Basketball Team made state basketball twice in the 1930s.

Jeff Skoda won state championship in wrestling in 1972 in the 112 weight class.


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