Graettinger, Iowa

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Graettinger is a city in Palo Alto County, Iowa, United States. The population was 900 at the 2000 census.



The city was built by German settlers who came first to Graettinger.[citation needed]

Graettinger is the location of the oldest Labor Day celebration in the state of Iowa. Each year, the town celebrates with a parade, carinaval, street dance, variety show, queen coronation, raffle drawing and various other events.[citation needed]


Graettinger is located at 43°14′17″N 94°45′4″W / 43.23806°N 94.75111°W / 43.23806; -94.75111 (43.238180, -94.751217)[1] near the Des Moines River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 900 people, 396 households, and 241 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,174.8 people per square mile (451.3/km²). There were 430 housing units at an average density of 561.3/sq mi (215.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.78% White, 0.11% African American, 0.56% Native American, and 0.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.89% of the population.

There were 396 households out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.1% were non-families. 35.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 19.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 87.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.4 males.

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