Steamboat Rock, Iowa

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Steamboat Rock is a city in Hardin County, Iowa, United States. The population was 336 at the 2000 census.



Steamboat Rock is located at 42°24′27″N 93°3′59″W / 42.4075°N 93.06639°W / 42.4075; -93.06639 (42.407607, -93.066276)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 336 people, 150 households, and 91 families residing in the city. The population density was 617.6 people per square mile (240.2/km²). There were 158 housing units at an average density of 290.4/sq mi (113.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.45% White, 0.89% African American, 0.60% Asian, 4.17% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.25% of the population.

There were 150 households out of which 25.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.3% were non-families. 35.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 21.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,125, and the median income for a family was $39,125. Males had a median income of $26,607 versus $25,156 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,777. About 12.9% of families and 14.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.6% of those under age 18 and 17.7% of those age 65 or over.


Steamboat Rock is a major producer of corn (for ethanol fuel) and producer of ethanol, which is made from corn. The city was covered on a segment of the 60 Minutes television news program on May 7, 2006, in regard to its production of ethanol. The long dormant railroad line through the town was reactivated in 2007 with the establishment of the Iowa River Railroad - a rail line that primarily serves the ethanol industry.

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