Spencer, Iowa

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Spencer is a city in the state of Iowa (United States), and the county seat of Clay County [1]. It is located at the confluence of the Little Sioux and Ocheyedan Rivers. The population was 11,317 at the 2000 census. Spencer is famous as the home of the Clay County Fair, held annually in September, averaging over 300,000 visitors each year. The town's (now-deceased) library cat, Dewey Readmore Books, is known throughout the world [2].

Spencer was ranked 10th best place to live in the United States by Relocate-America.com's "America's Top 100 Places to Live for 2007."



Spencer is located at 43°8′43″N 95°8′50″W / 43.14528°N 95.14722°W / 43.14528; -95.14722 (43.145318, -95.147209)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.2 square miles (26.3 km²), of which, 10.1 square miles (26.2 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.49%) is water.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 11,317 people, 4,842 households, and 3,011 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,118.1 people per square mile (431.8/km²). There were 5,151 housing units at an average density of 508.9/sq mi (196.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.57% White, 0.14% African American, 0.13% Native American, 1.11% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.43% of the population.

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