Zearing, Iowa

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Zearing is a city in Story County, Iowa, United States. The population was 617 at the 2000 census.



Zearing was formed out of Lincoln Township, being founded on October 17, 1881 and incorporated on February 6, 1883. It was named for William Mitchell Zearing, a judge from Chicago who donated a bell to the first church in the community.


The city celebrates Zearing Days Celebration festival during the last weekend in July.[1][2]


Zearing is served by the Colo-NESCO Community School District. Zearing's facility houses the middle school (grades 5-8). The district's central office is based in McCallsburg, along with an elementary school (K-4). Colo also has an elementary school, as well as the district's high school (grades 9-12).


Zearing is located at 42°9′42″N 93°17′53″W / 42.16167°N 93.29806°W / 42.16167; -93.29806 (42.161561, -93.298038)[3]. Zearing is located 10 miles north of US Hwy 30 along US Hwy 65, 14 miles east of Interstate 35 on Story Co Rd E-18 (130th Street).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 617 people, 229 households, and 158 families residing in the city. The population density was 828.4 people per square mile (321.9/km²). There were 249 housing units at an average density of 334.3/sq mi (129.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.57% White, 0.16% African American, 0.81% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.65% of the population.

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