Odebolt, Iowa

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Odebolt is a city in Sac County, Iowa, United States. The population was 1,153 at the 2000 census.



While the etymology of Odebolt's unusual name is unquestioned — being named after the Odebolt Creek — the etymology of the creek's name is disputed. It has been ascribed to a story of a French fur trapper and to multiple stories of a bolt falling in the creek.[1]


Odebolt is located at 42°18′37″N 95°15′5″W / 42.31028°N 95.25139°W / 42.31028; -95.25139 (42.310416, -95.251354)[2]. Odebolt Creek arises near here, flows through Ida Grove, then into the Maple River.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,153 people, 467 households, and 296 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,102.7 people per square mile (424.0/km²). There were 518 housing units at an average density of 495.4/sq mi (190.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.22% white.

There were 467 households out of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.1% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.6% were non-families. 34.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 22.8% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 30.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,208, and the median income for a family was $40,917. Males had a median income of $30,000 versus $18,438 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,971. About 7.6% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.9% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.


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