Jamaica, Iowa

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Jamaica is a city in Guthrie County, Iowa, United States. The population was 237 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Des MoinesWest Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Jamaica is located at 41°51′N 94°18′W / 41.85°N 94.3°W / 41.85; -94.3 (41.8465, -94.3074)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 237 people, 102 households, and 57 families residing in the city. The population density was 518.1 people per square mile (198.9/km²). There were 114 housing units at an average density of 249.2/sq mi (95.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.73% White, 1.27% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.27% of the population.

There were 102 households out of which 24.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.0% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.1% were non-families. 36.3% 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 2.32 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 88.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,417, and the median income for a family was $41,875. Males had a median income of $27,917 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,850. About 8.8% of families and 14.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.9% of those under the age of eighteen and 5.3% of those sixty five or over.

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