Thornton, Iowa

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Thornton, Iowa
Location of Thornton, Iowa
Location of Thornton, Iowa
Coordinates: 42°56′42″N 93°23′3″W / 42.94500°N 93.38417°W / 42.94500; -93.38417Coordinates: 42°56′42″N 93°23′3″W / 42.94500°N 93.38417°W / 42.94500; -93.38417
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Cerro Gordo
Area
 • Total 1.25 sq mi (3.24 km2)
 • Land 1.25 sq mi (3.24 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
1,188 ft (362 m)
Population
 (2010)[2]
 • Total 422
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
406
 • Density 337/sq mi (130.3/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50479
Area code(s) 641
FIPS code 19-77880
GNIS feature ID 0462227
Website http://www.thornton-iowa.com/

Thornton is a city in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, United States. The population was 422 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Mason City Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

Thornton is located at 42°56′42″N 93°23′3″W / 42.94500°N 93.38417°W / 42.94500; -93.38417 (42.944972, -93.384115).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.25 square miles (3.24 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1900 299 —    
1910 271 −9.4%
1920 317 +17.0%
1930 383 +20.8%
1940 398 +3.9%
1950 441 +10.8%
1960 449 +1.8%
1970 410 −8.7%
1980 442 +7.8%
1990 431 −2.5%
2000 422 −2.1%
2010 422 +0.0%
2016 406 −3.8%
Source:"American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 422 people, 188 households, and 125 families residing in the city. The population density was 337.6 inhabitants per square mile (130.3/km2). There were 204 housing units at an average density of 163.2 per square mile (63.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.6% White, 0.5% African American, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.

There were 188 households of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.5% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.72.

The median age in the city was 45.3 years. 20.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20% were from 25 to 44; 30.1% were from 45 to 64; and 20.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.5% male and 49.5% female.

Matt Ingebretson is the mayor of Thornton.

2000 census

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 422 people, 183 households, and 124 families residing in the city. The population density was 338.6 people per square mile (130.3/km²). There were 193 housing units at an average density of 154.8 per square mile (59.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.58% White, 0.24% Native American, 0.71% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population.

There were 183 households out of which 24.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.6% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.7% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.81.

Age spread: 21.3% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 19.0% from 45 to 64, and 25.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,125, and the median income for a family was $43,750. Males had a median income of $30,893 versus $19,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,622. About 5.0% of families and 11.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.1% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.

Education

It is part of the West Fork Community School District, formed in 2011 by the merger of the Sheffield-Chapin-Meservey-Thornton (SCMT) Community School District and the Rockwell-Swaledale Community School District.[7] Thornton became a part of the West Fork Schools whole grade-sharing partnership as of the 2008-2009 school year, prior to the formal district merger.[8] SCMT was formed in 2007 by the merger of the Meservey-Thornton Community School District and the Sheffield-Chapin Community School District.[7] Meservey-Thornton, in turn, formed in 1963 from the merger of the Thornton Community School District and the Meservey Community School District.[9]

Thornton Public Library serves the community.[10]

Thornton School

The school building served the community until 2007.[11] The mascot for secondary athletic teams was the Lancers.[12]

There was a prior school building that was destroyed in a fire. The new building opened in 1936 and received extra classrooms, office space, a gymnasium, and a library in a 1955 addition. The building initially served Thornton and its associated school district only, but after it merged into Meservey-Thornton in 1963 it began serving the consolidated district's senior high school students. Junior high school students were later moved to the building.[11] The Meservey School closed in 1983,[9] making the Thornton School K-12. High school students were moved out of the building as a result of the grade-sharing agreement between Meservey-Thornton and Sheffield-Chapin.[11] At that point the Lancers mascot was now only used at the middle school level.[12]

Due to declining enrollment, the former S-C, M-T, and neighboring Rockwell-Swaledale school districts entered a whole-grade sharing agreement to become the West Fork school system in 2008, with the "Warhawks" as the new mascot. The Thornton building closed after the 2007-08 season after 72 years of service, and all students now attend Sheffield and Rockwell. Each remaining school will have K - 3, Rockwell will house 4 - 8 and Sheffield 9 - 12. The school districts formally merged in 2011. On July 5, 2008, an all-school reunion was held to commemorate the closing of the Thornton School.[citation needed]

In 2007 the Lancers mascot was discontinued. The Thornton residents held a celebratory farewell parade at that time.[12] The school closed that in July 2008. The Thornton school was demolished in 2012 by the Dumont company Peterson Backhoe; the SCMT district chose demolition after a tentative agreement for another party to buy the building fell through in 2009.[11]

References

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  3. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ a b "REORGANIZATION & DISSOLUTION ACTIONS SINCE 1965-66." Iowa Department of Education. Retrieved on January 13, 2019.
  8. ^ Nicklay, Deb (2010-05-05). "RS-SCMT merger advances". Globe Gazette. Retrieved 2019-01-13. The two districts, which operate under the name West Fork, have been whole-grade sharing partners for two years.
  9. ^ a b "District History". West Fork Community School District. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  10. ^ "Thornton Public Library." City of Thornton. Retrieved on January 14, 2019.
  11. ^ a b c d "Thornton School being demolished". Globe Gazette. 2012-04-17. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  12. ^ a b c "Community History." City of Thornton. December 7, 2013. Retrieved on January 14, 2019.

External links

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