Perry, Iowa

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Perry is a city in Dallas County, Iowa, United States, along the North Raccoon River. The population was 7,633 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Des MoinesWest Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Formerly a major railroad junction, Perry is home to the Historic Hotel Pattee, with themed rooms including many related to the railroad.



Perry is located at 41°50′24″N 94°6′0″W / 41.84°N 94.1°W / 41.84; -94.1 (41.840107, -94.099978)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.6 km²), of which, 3.7 square miles (9.6 km²) of it is land and 0.27% is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 7,633 people, 2,831 households, and 1,942 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,060.4 people per square mile (796.5/km²). There were 2,994 housing units at an average density of 808.2/sq mi (312.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 82.84% White, 1.06% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.75% Asian, 0.18% Pacific Islander, 13.19% from other races, and 1.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 24.54% of the population.

There were 2,831 households out of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.1% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.13.

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