Schaller, Iowa

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Schaller is a city in Sac County, Iowa, United States. The population was 779 at the 2000 census.



The town of Schaller, named after Phil Schaller, was incorporated in 1882. The town had been founded in August 1879 as a station for the railroad under construction. The economy then, as currently, was based on commercial support for surrounding farms. Settlers came mostly from Germany, England, Canada, New York, and eastern Iowa. Throughout the middle part of the twentieth century a major industry consisted of the packers of Bango and Jolly Time popcorn. The presence and size of these two companies encouraged the townspeople to call Schaller "The Popcorn Capital of the world." Popcorn is still a major area crop but the companies moved on to other locations in the 1980s. The railroad ceased operations and pulled up tracks in the 1970s. Transportation connections are by U.S. Route 20 and Iowa Highway 110. Corn (seed and feed), soy beans, and feeder cattle are the major products of the area.


Schaller is located at 42°29′50″N 95°17′39″W / 42.49722°N 95.29417°W / 42.49722; -95.29417 (42.497325, -95.294219)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 779 people, 321 households, and 216 families residing in the city. The population density was 619.4 people per square mile (238.7/km²). There were 347 housing units at an average density of 275.9/sq mi (106.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.82% White, 0.13% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 0.64% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.08% of the population.

There were 321 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.8% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were non-families. 28.7% 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 2.43 and the average family size was 2.97.

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