Marathon, Iowa

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Marathon is a city in Buena Vista County, Iowa, United States. The population was 302 at the 2000 census. The food writer Richard Olney grew up in Marathon.


Marathon is located at 42°51′36″N 94°58′54″W / 42.86°N 94.98167°W / 42.86; -94.98167 (42.860021, -94.981731)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 302 people, 138 households, and 77 families residing in the city. The population density was 412.7 people per square mile (159.7/km²). There were 162 housing units at an average density of 221.4/sq mi (85.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.01% White, 0.33% Native American, 1.66% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.65% of the population.

There were 138 households out of which 18.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.1% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.2% were non-families. 38.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 3.3% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 24.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $20,982, and the median income for a family was $26,042. Males had a median income of $23,750 versus $17,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,751. About 19.0% of families and 22.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.4% of those under the age of eighteen and 17.2% of those sixty five or over.


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