Earlham, Iowa is a Great Place to Live

Welcome to Earlham – Iowa, home of the Earlham Cardinals and a vibrant local community. Our city has a bussling downtown area, great schools, a local grocery store, medical clinic, pharmacy, city parks, and friendly hometown people.

Important Phone Numbers
City of Earlham ( Water, Sewer, Garbage)515-758-2281
Earlham Community Schools (K-12)515-758-2214
Mid American (Electric, Natural Gas)888-427-5632
Lillie Plumbing (Local Plumbing & Heating) 515-758-2768
Earlham Advocate (local newspaper)515-778-8425
Earlham Medical Clinic 515-758-2907
Montross Pharmacy 515-758-2174
Earlham Bank 515-758-2251
Earlham Hardware 515-758-2101
Earlham Vet Clinic 515-758-2511
Mediacom (Cable, Phone, Internet) 515-508-0213
Qwest (Phone, Internet) 800-475-7526
Prairie-I-Net (Wireless Internet) 800-894-3868

A Short History of Earlham, Iowa
In 1853, Quaker families migrated from Indiana to settle in this area. Before then, the only inhabitants were trappers, traders, and Indians.

The town of Earlham dates its existence to the 1868 construction of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad through Iowa. Incorporated in 1870 with 222 citizens, Earlham was to be a key depot between Des Moines and Omaha.

The town’s name derives from the Earlham Hall of England, home of prominent 19th century Quakers and from Earlham College, a Friends school founded in 1847 in Richmond, Indiana.

Although Earlham did not become the rail hub envisioned by its founders, it thrived as a limestone quarrying area and retail center for the farming community. By 1879, three railcar loads of limestone were shipped out of Earlham’s quarries daily. The new town boasted general stores, blacksmith shops, a bank, drug store, hotel, butcher shop, restaurant, confectionary store and two milliners.

The 1900’s saw Earlham’s growth continue. Phone service came in 1902, electricity and municipal water in 1910. Auto dealerships arrived in 1910 to coexist with the livery barns. A theater, opera house and skating rink offered entertainment.

The father of famous actor John Wayne ran a drug and jewelry store here. This store and Wayne’s Earlham boyhood home stand today.

Earlham’s colorful past is preserved in the historic storefronts on Chestnut Street and in the lovely Victorian and Craftsman style homes gracing its residential streets.

Earlham Demographics
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,298 people, 491 households, and 352 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,336.9 people per square mile (516.7/km²). There were 520 housing units at an average density of 535.6/sq mi (207.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.31% White, 0.15% African American, 0.08% Native American, and 0.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.62% of the population.

There were 491 households out of which 39.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.9% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.3% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.5% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 32.7% from 25 to 44, 17.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 95.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $42,917, and the median income for a family was $54,519. Males had a median income of $32,262 versus $24,896 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,659. About 0.9% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.8% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.

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