Melcher-Dallas, Iowa

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Melcher-Dallas is a city in Marion County, Iowa, United States. The population was 1,298 at the 2000 census.

Melcher and Dallas were separate cities until they merged into one city in 1986.



In 1919, the Red Rock Coal Company's mine near Melcher was the third largest coal mine in the state. This mine produced 187,427 tons of coal that year and employed 345 men.[1]


Melcher-Dallas is located at 41°13′36″N 93°14′23″W / 41.22667°N 93.23972°W / 41.22667; -93.23972 (41.226718, -93.239777)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,298 people, 517 households, and 359 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,297.1 people per square mile (501.2/km²). There were 565 housing units at an average density of 564.6/sq mi (218.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.69% White, 0.08% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.23% of the population.

There were 517 households out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 26.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.0% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.6 males.

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