Adel, Iowa

Adel, Iowa

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Adel, Iowa
settlement_type = City
nickname =
motto =

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mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location of Adel, Iowa

mapsize1 = 250px
map_caption1 = Detailed map of Adel

subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name =
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 =
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Dallas
government_footnotes =
government_type = Mayor-council government
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Jim Peters
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established_title = Incorporated
established_date = 1847

area_footnotes =
unit_pref = Imperial
area_magnitude =
area_total_km2 = 8.5
area_land_km2 = 8.5
area_water_km2 = 0.0
area_total_sq_mi = 3.3
area_land_sq_mi = 3.3
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0

population_as_of = 2000
population_footnotes =
population_total = 3435
population_density_km2 = 405.4
population_density_sq_mi = 1050.1

timezone = Central (CST)
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
elevation_footnotes =
elevation_m = 272
elevation_ft = 892
latd = 41 |latm = 37 |lats = 0 |latNS = N
longd = 94 |longm = 1 |longs = 18 |longEW = W

postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 50003
area_code = 515
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 19-00505
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0454097
website =
footnotes =

Adel is a city along the North Raccoon River in Dallas County in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 3,435 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Dallas CountyGR|6 and the birthplace of 1939 Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick.

Adel is part of the Des Moines–West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Originally called Penoach, Adel was Incorporated in 1847, and changed it's name sometime in 1849, although no specific information can be located within the city records. The town is situated on the west bank of the North Racoon River, and at the time of its founding, along the only county road, making Adel the oldest town within Dallas County. [ [ pgs.435-450 - 1879 History of Dallas County, Iowa ] ]

In 1855 there were about twenty-five houses in Adel, and only three stores. From that time onward, the city began to grow at a faster rate.

Situated along the river, Adel had a good supply of water-power for a flour mill. It was to be situated on a section of property owned by Noeingerl Cantrel & Co. J. H. Strong of Des Moines, and H. H. Moffatt built the mill in 1856-57 at a cost of $20,000. The dam was constructed with about eight feet of head water.

The mill was kept in good repair, able to average from twelve to fifteen bushels per hour, with a capability of thirty per hour.

An item of historical interest occurred on March 6, 1895. Two men entered town in a buggy and attempted to rob the bank. They shot a teller, who, though wounded, managed to close the vault and turn the tumblers, preventing the thieves from taking off with a substantial amount. George Clark, a lawyer, had an office on the second floor. As Clark descended the stairs, a robber fired his gun. However, the weapon misfired, sparing Clark's life, who went on to be elected as lieutenant governor for four years and governor from 1913-1917. Adel Bank Robery] George Clark]

Adel's history was enhanced when the city decided to keep its brick streets. In addition, the Dallas County Courthouse, an edifice dedicated in 1902 at a cost of about $109,000, sits center stage, dominating downtown Adel. [ [ Out and About Iowa - Adel » The Iowa Journal » Iowa Public Television ] ] The image to the left gives a good view of the French architecture with the accompanying rounded corners and windows.

“In that era it was a competition almost between the counties to erect an edifice that would be of importance and of character to their becoming of age.” Mark A. Hanson, Dallas County Supervisor

Adel also boasts as the birth place of Nile Kinnick, 1939 Heiseman Trophy winner from the University of Iowa.


Adel is located at coor dms|41|37|0|N|94|1|18|W|city (41.616773, -94.021731)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.5 km²), of which, 3.3 square miles (8.5 km²) of it is land and 0.30% is water.


Historical populations
title = Historical Populations
type = USA
align = right
1860| 466
1870| 711
1880| 989
1890| 995
1900| 1213
1910| 1289
1920| 1455
1930| 1669
1940| 1740
1950| 1799
1960| 2060
1970| 2419
1980| 2846
1990| 3304
2000| 3435
footnote=Source:cite web|url=|publisher=United States Census Bureau|title=American FactFinder and [ Iowa Data Center]
As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 3,435 people, 1,369 households, and 898 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,050.1 people per square mile (405.6/km²). There were 1,419 housing units at an average density of 433.8/sq mi (167.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.76% White, 0.15% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.52% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.28% of the population.

There were 1,369 households out of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.4% were non-families. 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.5% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,423, and the median income for a family was $47,065. Males had a median income of $34,234 versus $26,516 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,743. About 3.1% of families and 4.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 8.5% of those age 65 or over.


External links

* [ City website]
* [ City history]
* [ City Information]

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