Early, Iowa

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Early, Iowa
Early iowa.jpg
Motto: "Crossroads Of The Nation"[1]
Location of Early, Iowa
Location of Early, Iowa
Coordinates: 42°27′43″N 95°9′5″W / 42.46194°N 95.15139°W / 42.46194; -95.15139Coordinates: 42°27′43″N 95°9′5″W / 42.46194°N 95.15139°W / 42.46194; -95.15139
Country United States
State Iowa
CountySac
Area[2]
 • Total0.39 sq mi (1.01 km2)
 • Land0.39 sq mi (1.01 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation1,345 ft (410 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total557
 • Estimate (2012[4])545
 • Density1,428.2/sq mi (551.4/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code50535
Area code(s)712
FIPS code19-23475
GNIS feature ID0456107
WebsiteCity of Early, Iowa
 
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Early, Iowa
Early iowa.jpg
Motto: "Crossroads Of The Nation"[1]
Location of Early, Iowa
Location of Early, Iowa
Coordinates: 42°27′43″N 95°9′5″W / 42.46194°N 95.15139°W / 42.46194; -95.15139Coordinates: 42°27′43″N 95°9′5″W / 42.46194°N 95.15139°W / 42.46194; -95.15139
Country United States
State Iowa
CountySac
Area[2]
 • Total0.39 sq mi (1.01 km2)
 • Land0.39 sq mi (1.01 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation1,345 ft (410 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total557
 • Estimate (2012[4])545
 • Density1,428.2/sq mi (551.4/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code50535
Area code(s)712
FIPS code19-23475
GNIS feature ID0456107
WebsiteCity of Early, Iowa

Early is a city in Sac County, Iowa, United States. The population was 557 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Early was incorporated on May 22, 1883,[5] and is named after D.C. Early, a local settler.[6]

Geography[edit]

Early is located at 42°27′43″N 95°9′5″W / 42.46194°N 95.15139°W / 42.46194; -95.15139 (42.461903, -95.151290).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.39 square miles (1.01 km2), all of it land.[2]

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
YearPop.  ±%  
1890277—    
1900579+109.0%
1910500−13.6%
1920568+13.6%
1930632+11.3%
1940644+1.9%
1950742+15.2%
1960824+11.1%
1970727−11.8%
1980670−7.8%
1990649−3.1%
2000605−6.8%
2010557−7.9%
Source:"American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.  and Iowa Data Center

Early's "claim to fame" is that it is the Crossroads of the Nation, because Highway 71 and Highway 20 cross each other there.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 557 people, 246 households, and 146 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,428.2 inhabitants per square mile (551.4 /km2). There were 287 housing units at an average density of 735.9 per square mile (284.1 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.2% White, 1.4% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.5% Pacific Islander, 3.1% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.5% of the population.

There were 246 households of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.6% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.7% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.95.

The median age in the city was 40.9 years. 25.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24% were from 25 to 44; 27.7% were from 45 to 64; and 16.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.4% male and 50.6% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 605 people, 258 households, and 166 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,532.3 people per square mile (599.0/km²). There were 293 housing units at an average density of 742.1 per square mile (290.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.03% White, 0.66% African American, 0.17% Native American, 2.31% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.13% of the population.

There were 258 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.2% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.97.

27.8% were under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 18.5% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 86.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,972, and the median income for a family was $40,521. Males had a median income of $27,778 versus $18,929 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,317. About 8.1% of families and 12.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.0% of those under age 18 and 9.4% of those age 65 or over.

Song[edit]

Sign welcoming visitors to Early

The city is the topic of the song "Early", by folk musician Greg Brown. It appears on his album 44 & 66, released in 1980.

Murder of Dustin Wehde[edit]

In August 2011, Tracey Ann Richter was charged with first-degree murder… and was convicted by a jury in November 2011. On June 1, 2012, Dateline NBC aired a two-hour episode titled "Twisted" about the 2001 shooting death of Early resident Dustin Wehde. Tracey Richter, a neighbor of Wehde's, was convicted of first-degree murder on 7 November 2011 and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole [Case No. FECR011900]. Richter appealed her the conviction.[9][10] In December 2011, Richter made her first appeal which did not yet allow new evidence to be presented... contending the evidence was insufficient to rebut her defense of justification, the trial court abused its discretion in excluding the psychological testimony of her expert, and she was denied the effective assistance of counsel when her attorney failed to challenge the weight of the evidence.[citation needed] On Wed Jan 9th, 2013 The Iowa Court of Appeals upheld the first-degree murder conviction of Tracey Ann Richter.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "City of Early, Iowa". City of Early, Iowa. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  4. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  5. ^ "Early, Iowa". City-Data.com. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Profile for Early, Iowa, IA". ePodunk. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  9. ^ "In Dateline NBC interview Richter denies plot to murder Wehde". KTIV.com. June 1, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Murder victim’s mother on ‘Today’". KTIV.com. June 1, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  11. ^ Miller, Ashley (11 January 2013). "Appeals court denies Richter's murder appeal". Pilot Tribune. Archived from the original on 3 Apirl 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 

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