Tama, Iowa

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Tama is a city in Tama County, Iowa, United States. The population was 2,731 at the 2000 census. Tama is located a few miles from the Meskwaki Settlement, Iowa's only significant Native American community. Tama was located on the historic Lincoln Highway and is home to an original Lincoln Highway bridge, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tama is named for Taimah, the 19th century Meskwaki leader.

Tama is situated two miles south of Toledo, the county seat. The two towns are close enough to have nearly grown together over the years.



Tama is located at 41°57′58″N 92°34′30″W / 41.96611°N 92.575°W / 41.96611; -92.575 (41.966149, -92.574990)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.2 km²), of which, 3.0 square miles (7.8 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (4.73%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,731 people, 1,065 households, and 723 families residing in the city. The population density was 905.1 people per square mile (349.2/km²). There were 1,173 housing units at an average density of 388.7/sq mi (150.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.04% White, 0.40% African American, 4.80% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 5.24% from other races, and 2.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.63% of the population.

There were 1,065 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 28.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.08.

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