Greene, Iowa

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Greene is a city in Butler County, Iowa, along the Shell Rock River, and along Butler County's northern border, where Butler and Floyd counties meet. The population was 1,099 at the 2000 census. Greene is the headquarters of the Iowa Northern Railway. The town was featured in King Corn, a 2007 documentary about corn and its effects on American food and agriculture industries.



The city was first called Elm Springs, but changed its name when Judge George Greene, president of the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern Railway, donated $1,200 for the establishment of a library.[citation needed]


Greene is located at 42°53′51″N 92°48′12″W / 42.8975°N 92.80333°W / 42.8975; -92.80333 (42.897416, -92.803206)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (3.0 km²), of which, 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (5.22%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,099 people, 508 households, and 308 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,003.7 people per square mile (389.3/km²). There were 562 housing units at an average density of 513.3/sq mi (199.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.36% White, 0.27% African American, 0.27% Asian, and 0.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.09% of the population.

There were 508 households out of which 23.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.2% were non-families. 36.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 26.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.80.

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