Templeton, Iowa

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Templeton is a city in Carroll County, Iowa, United States. The population was 334 at the 2000 census.



The city was founded in 1882 and is perhaps best known as the home of Templeton Rye, a "brand" of rye whiskey manufactured during the prohibition era that was very popular in Chicago, Omaha, and Kansas City speakeasies.[1] Many enterprising Carroll County farmers found this to be a viable way to supplement income during the Great Depression.


Templeton is located at 41°55′5″N 94°56′33″W / 41.91806°N 94.9425°W / 41.91806; -94.9425 (41.918073, -94.942540)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 334 people, 144 households, and 95 families residing in the city. The population density was 816.7 people per square mile (314.5/km²). There were 151 housing units at an average density of 369.2/sq mi (142.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.10% White, 0.30% African American and 0.60% Native American.

There were 144 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.4% were married couples living together, 4.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.0% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 19.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,500, and the median income for a family was $44,375. Males had a median income of $35,208 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,703. About 4.9% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 11.3% of those age 65 or over.

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