Thor, Iowa

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Thor, Iowa
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Location of Thor, Iowa
Coordinates: 42°41′19″N94°2′56″W / 42.68861°N 94.04889°W / 42.68861; -94.04889 Coordinates: 42°41′19″N94°2′56″W / 42.68861°N 94.04889°W / 42.68861; -94.04889
Country Flag of the United States.svg  United States
State Flag of Iowa.svg  Iowa
County Humboldt
Area
[1]
  Total1.00 sq mi (2.59 km2)
  Land1.00 sq mi (2.59 km2)
  Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
1,138 ft (347 m)
Population
 (2010) [2]
  Total186
  Estimate 
(2016) [3]
179
  Density186/sq mi (71.8/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
  Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50591
Area code(s) 515
FIPS code 19-77790
GNIS feature ID0462224

Thor is a city in Norway Township, Humboldt County, Iowa. The population was 186 at the 2010 census.

Norway Township, Humboldt County, Iowa Township in Iowa, United States

Norway Township is one of twelve townships in Humboldt County, Iowa, USA. As of the 2000 census, its population was 410.

2010 United States Census 23rd national census of the United States, taken in 2010

The 2010 United States Census is the twenty-third and most recent United States national census. National Census Day, the reference day used for the census, was April 1, 2010. The census was taken via mail-in citizen self-reporting, with enumerators serving to spot-check randomly selected neighborhoods and communities. As part of a drive to increase the count's accuracy, 635,000 temporary enumerators were hired. The population of the United States was counted as 308,745,538, a 9.7% increase from the 2000 Census. This was the first census in which all states recorded a population of over half a million people as well as the first in which all 100 largest cities recorded populations of over 200,000.

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History

The town of Thor is a farming community which was originally built up chiefly by Scandinavian immigrants. [4] Settlement of the township started in 1869 with the filing of a claim by Ole Willicksen, who was a native of Stavanger, Norway. In 1881, the town of Thor was laid out by the Western Town Lot Company. [5] [6] Thor was platted in 1882. [7] It was named after the mythical deity Thor in Old Norse mythology. [8]

Plat map showing a piece of land, drawn to scale, with details such as nearby properties, boundaries, land size, flood zones, the surrounding neighborhood, easements, and monuments

In the United States, a plat is a map, drawn to scale, showing the divisions of a piece of land. United States General Land Office surveyors drafted township plats of Public Lands Surveys to show the distance and bearing between section corners, sometimes including topographic or vegetation information. City, town or village plats show subdivisions into blocks with streets and alleys. Further refinement often splits blocks into individual lots, usually for the purpose of selling the described lots; this has become known as subdivision.

Thor Hammer-wielding Nordic god associated with thunder

In Germanic mythology, Thor is a hammer-wielding god associated with thunder, lightning, storms, oak trees, strength, the protection of mankind and also hallowing and fertility. Besides Old Norse Þórr, extensions of the god occur in Old English as Þunor and in Old High German as Donar. All forms of the deity stem from a Common Germanic *Þunraz.

Thor was formerly serviced by Iowa Highway 302, which was decommissioned in 1980. [9]

Geography

Thor is located at 42°41′19″N94°2′56″W / 42.68861°N 94.04889°W / 42.68861; -94.04889 (42.688687, -94.048902). [10]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.00 square mile (2.59 km2), all of it land. [1]

United States Census Bureau Bureau of the United States responsible for the census and related statistics

The United States Census Bureau is a principal agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System, responsible for producing data about the American people and economy. The Census Bureau is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and its director is appointed by the President of the United States.

Demographics

Historical populations
YearPop.±%
1900 274    
1910 271−1.1%
1920 285+5.2%
1930 257−9.8%
1940 264+2.7%
1950 271+2.7%
1960 234−13.7%
1970 212−9.4%
1980 200−5.7%
1990 205+2.5%
2000 174−15.1%
2010 186+6.9%
2016179−3.8%
Sources: [11] [12]
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census [13]

2010 census

As of the census [2] of 2010, there were 186 people, 73 households, and 49 families residing in the city. The population density was 186.0 inhabitants per square mile (71.8/km2). There were 80 housing units at an average density of 80.0 per square mile (30.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.2% White, 1.1% Asian, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.2% of the population.

Census Acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population

A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. This term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common censuses include traditional culture, business, supplies, and traffic censuses. The United Nations defines the essential features of population and housing censuses as "individual enumeration, universality within a defined territory, simultaneity and defined periodicity", and recommends that population censuses be taken at least every 10 years. United Nations recommendations also cover census topics to be collected, official definitions, classifications and other useful information to co-ordinate international practices.

Population density A measurement of population numbers per unit area or volume

Population density is a measurement of population per unit area, or exceptionally unit volume; it is a quantity of type number density. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and most of the time to humans. It is a key geographical term. In simple terms population density refers to the number of people living in an area per kilometer square.

There were 73 households of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.9% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.12.

The median age in the city was 32.7 years. 25.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 12.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 32.9% were from 25 to 44; 17.8% were from 45 to 64; and 11.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 52.2% male and 47.8% female.

2000 census

As of the census [14] of 2000, there were 174 people, 82 households, and 45 families residing in the city. The population density was 174.6 inhabitants per square mile (67.4/km2). There were 88 housing units at an average density of 88.3 per square mile (34.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White.

There were 82 households out of which 23.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 3.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.1% were non-families. 36.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.76.

In the city, the population was spread out with 21.8% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 28.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,000, and the median income for a family was $37,500. Males had a median income of $29,375 versus $23,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,410. About 9.5% of families and 10.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.0% of those under the age of eighteen and 24.1% of those sixty five or over.

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