Whitten, Iowa

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Whitten is a city in Hardin County, Iowa, United States. The population was 160 at the 2000 census.



C.C. Whitten, an official for the Northwestern Railway System, bought 80 acres (320,000 m2) of land to establish a town in 1880. Whitten was incorporated in 1882 with a population of 350. By 1914, Whitten was proud of its church membership of 170, its schools, three general stores, a blacksmith shop, restaurant, bank, produce house, implement store, and two doctors. In fact, Whitten was never without a doctor until 1973 when Dr. George Blaha died after serving the community for 60 years.

In the early 20th century, the city experienced several devastating fires which destroyed much of the town. The city rebuilt very little. Today, Whitten is one of many small Iowa towns struggling to survive.

In the 1980s, Whitten saw a brief growth spurt due in part by the consolidation of the school with Conrad. However, because of Whitten's lack of industry, young people quickly left the town seeking better opportunities.


Whitten is located at 42°15′41″N 93°0′27″W / 42.26139°N 93.0075°W / 42.26139; -93.0075 (42.261478, -93.007387)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 160 people, 56 households, and 43 families residing in the city. The population density was 293.6 people per square mile (114.4/km²). There were 63 housing units at an average density of 115.6/sq mi (45.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.50% White, 1.25% Asian, and 1.25% from two or more races.

There were 56 households out of which 42.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.3% were married couples living together, 5.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.2% were non-families. 19.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.33.

In the city the population was spread out with 33.8% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.8 males.

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