Laurens, Iowa
Get Laurens, Iowa essential facts below, Events, or join the Laurens, Iowa discussion. Add Laurens, Iowa to your PopFlock.com topic list for future reference or share this resource on social media.
Laurens, Iowa
Laurens, Iowa
Location of Laurens, Iowa
Location of Laurens, Iowa
Coordinates: 42°50?50?N 94°50?58?W / 42.84722°N 94.84944°W / 42.84722; -94.84944Coordinates: 42°50?50?N 94°50?58?W / 42.84722°N 94.84944°W / 42.84722; -94.84944
Country United States
State Iowa
CountyPocahontas
Area
 o Total0.73 sq mi (1.90 km2)
 o Land0.73 sq mi (1.90 km2)
 o Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,309 ft (399 m)
Population
 o Total1,258
 o Estimate 
(2019)[3]
1,120
 o Density1,530.05/sq mi (590.71/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 o Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50554
Area code(s)712
FIPS code19-43725
GNIS feature ID0458243

Laurens is a city in Pocahontas County, Iowa, United States. The population was 1,258 at the 2010 census.

History

Laurens was platted in 1881. Laurens was named in honor of Henry and John Laurens, father and son, two French Huguenots who became residents of Charleston, South Carolina, and who were patriotic and loyal to the Colonial cause during the Revolution.[4]

Geography

Laurens is located at 42°50?50?N 94°50?58?W / 42.84722°N 94.84944°W / 42.84722; -94.84944 (42.847105, -94.849542).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.73 square miles (1.89 km2), all land.[6]

Demographics

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 1,258 people in 571 households, including 332 families, in the city. The population density was 1,723.3 inhabitants per square mile (665.4/km2). There were 677 housing units at an average density of 927.4 per square mile (358.1/km2). The racial makup of the city was 97.5% White, 0.3% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.6% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4%.[2]

Of the 571 households 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.9% were non-families. 36.8% of households were one person and 16.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.80.

The median age was 45.6 years. 22% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.6% were from 25 to 44; 29.5% were from 45 to 64; and 21.2% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.

2000 census

At the 2000 census there were 1,476 people in 656 households, including 400 families, in the city. The population density was 1,999.4 people per square mile (770.1/km2). There were 711 housing units at an average density of 963.1 per square mile (371.0/km2). The racial makup of the city was 98.68% White, 0.14% Native American, 0.41% Asian, and 0.75% from two or more races. 1.08% of the population were Hispanic [0.01% Brazilian] [0.02 French] or Latino of any race.[8] Of the 656 households 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.0% were non-families. 36.9% of households were one person and 22.0% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.84.

24.0% are under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 25.5% 65 or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.3 males.

The median household income was $33,188 and the median family income was $43,661. Males had a median income of $31,063 versus $19,716 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,711. About 4.8% of families and 7.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.0% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Laurens is home to the Laurens-Marathon Community School District.[9] It was a part of the Laurens Community School District until its consolidation into Laurens-Marathon on July 1, 1976.[10] All grades are located in one building in Laurens. In 2000 the enrollment was 423 for all grades, and there were about 40 full-time teaching staff.[] High school students from Laurens-Marathon have attended Pocahontas Area High School since 2017.[11]

Laurens in popular culture

Laurens was the home of Alvin Straight, a 73-year-old man famous for travelling 240 miles (390 km) on a lawnmower. His story was made into the film The Straight Story (1999) directed by David Lynch, starring Richard Farnsworth (Nominated for Oscar), and Sissy Spacek; the film was partly made in Laurens. "Laurens, Iowa" is also the title of an instrumental song in the film soundtrack.[12]

Sister city

Laurens, France, became a sister city to Laurens, Iowa during the preparations for the 2007 quasquicentennial (125th anniversary).

Notable people

  • Jesse Schmidt, record breaking wide receiver for the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League.
  • Alvin Straight, a 73-year-old man famous for travelling 240 miles on a lawnmower. His story was made into the film The Straight Story.
  • Becky Stoner, Miss Iowa USA in 1969.
  • Fred C. Gilchrist, served as a member of the Iowa House of Representatives for one term, in 1902-1904. He also served as president of the board of education of Laurens from 1905 to 1928. Returning to legislative service, he served the Iowa Senate from 1923 to 1931. Between 1930 and 1944, Gilchrist served seven terms as a Republican U.S. Representative from Iowa.
  • Adrian Lynch, was a professional baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Browns of the American League, breaking into the big leagues on August 4, 1920. Playing in only five games, his record was 2-0 with a 5.24 ERA.

References

External links



  This article uses material from the Wikipedia page available here. It is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

Laurens,_Iowa
 



 



 
Music Scenes