Rippey, Iowa

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Rippey is a city in Greene County, Iowa, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 319.



Rippey is located at 41°56′2″N 94°12′4″W / 41.93389°N 94.20111°W / 41.93389; -94.20111 (41.933800, -94.201189)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.2 km²), all of it land.


In the late 1800s, Rippey and Angus, 4 miles to the south east, were the centers of coal mining in Greene County. The Keystone Coal Company opened three mines in Angus between 1878 and 1887; the last of these was worked out by 1887. Between 1882 and 1887, the Standard Mine also operated in the region.[2] Keystone opened new mines south of Rippey into the 20th century, where they were joined by the Snake Creek Coal company and the Buckeye coal company. One mine, with a 125 foot shaft, was located a short distance from the Rippey railroad station.[3]


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 319 people, 125 households, and 91 families residing in the city. The population density was 378.7 people per square mile (146.6/km²). There were 138 housing units at an average density of 163.8/sq mi (63.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.55% White, 0.31% African American, 0.94% from other races, and 2.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.08% of the population.

There were 125 households out of which 38.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.2% were non-families. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city the population was spread out with 31.0% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 114.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.0 males.

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