Peterson, Iowa

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Peterson is a city in Clay County, Iowa, United States. The population was 372 at the 2000 census.



Peterson was established in 1856. In 1862 a fort was built in Peterson by settlers to defend against anticipated Dakota attacks during the Dakota War of 1862. The fort was never attacked. The blockhouse from this fort still stands near its original location at the corner of Second and Park. The Peterson Patriot has been in print since 1880. The Peterson sesquicentennial was celebrated August 3–5, 2006.[citation needed]


Peterson is located at 42°55′7″N 95°20′29″W / 42.91861°N 95.34139°W / 42.91861; -95.34139 (42.918490, -95.341502)[1]. It is situated near the Little Sioux River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 372 people, 181 households, and 106 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,208.6 people per square mile (463.3/km²). There were 200 housing units at an average density of 649.8/sq mi (249.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.08% of the population.

There were 181 households out of which 22.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 5.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.9% were non-families. 37.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 25.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.06 and the average family size was 2.68.

In the city the population was spread out with 19.1% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 21.2% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 30.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 96.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,000, and the median income for a family was $35,577. Males had a median income of $28,500 versus $20,179 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,932. About 2.9% of families and 10.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.7% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.

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