Chariton, Iowa

Chariton, Iowa
—  City  —
Lucas County Courthouse in Chariton
Location of Chariton, Iowa
Coordinates: 41°0′58″N 93°18′27″W / 41.01611°N 93.3075°W / 41.01611; -93.3075Coordinates: 41°0′58″N 93°18′27″W / 41.01611°N 93.3075°W / 41.01611; -93.3075
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Lucas
 - Total 3.7 sq mi (9.6 km2)
 - Land 3.7 sq mi (9.6 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,027 ft (313 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 4,573
 - Density 1,238.2/sq mi (478.1/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 50049
Area code(s) 641
FIPS code 19-12720
GNIS feature ID 0455350

Chariton is a city in and the county seat of Lucas County, Iowa, United States.[1] The population was 4,573 at the 2000 census. It is the primary distribution center for, and former corporate seat of, the Hy-Vee supermarket chain.



Chariton was a center for high quality watchmaking in the 1860s and into the 20th century.[2]

Hotel Charitone

Designed by local architect William L. Perkins and listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its role in the development of Chariton as a county seat, the Hotel Charitone is listed by the Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance as one of the most endangered sites in Iowa.[3]


Chariton's longitude and latitude coordinates
in decimal form are 41.016033, -93.307610. [4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.6 km2), all of it land.

Chariton is located at the exact half way point, on US 34 Bus. (Chariton, IA).svg U.S. Route 34 (runs east and west to each side of the state).

The Lucas County Courthouse is the highest point of elevation in the whole town and is located on the Missouri/Mississippi River Divide.[citation needed]


As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 4,573 people, 1,936 households, and 1,192 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,238.2 people per square mile (478.5/km²). There were 2,155 housing units at an average density of 583.5 per square mile (225.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.88% White, 0.15% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.26% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.87% of the population.

There were 1,936 households out of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.4% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 22.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 90.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,844, and the median income for a family was $37,935. Males had a median income of $32,265 versus $21,981 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,553. About 6.6% of families and 12.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.5% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over.

Parks and recreation

Red Haw State Park is located a mile east of Chariton. The park offers picnicking sites, shelters that can be reserved, camping and trails. The lake offers un-supervised swimming, fishing and electric trolling motor only boating.[6]


The Chariton School District is the only school district in the county since 2008, when the Russell School District closed. There are two elementary schools, Columbus Elementary (K-2 grades) and Van Allen Elementary (3-5 grades); one middle school, Chariton Middle School (6-8 grades); and one high school, Chariton High School (9-12).



Owned by the City of Chariton, the Chariton Municipal Airport has served the city and Lucas County since April 1947.[7][8]

Notable people

See also


External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Chariton (Iowa) — Chariton …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Chariton (Iowa) — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Chariton. 41° 00′ 58″ N 93° 18′ 27″ W …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Chariton (Iowa) — Para otros usos de este término, véase Chariton. Chariton Ciudad de los Estados Unidos …   Wikipedia Español

  • Chariton Masonic Temple — U.S. National Register of Historic Places …   Wikipedia

  • Chariton (disambiguation) — Chariton may refer to: Chariton, an ancient Greek author Chariton (name), a name, both given and family Chariton, Iowa Chariton River Chariton County Chariton Township, Appanoose County, Iowa Saint Chariton This disambiguation page lists articles …   Wikipedia

  • Chariton — ist der Name des antiken griechischen Dichters Chariton von Aphrodisias des russischen Physikers Juli Borissowitsch Chariton (1904–1996) von Chariton dem Bekenner († um 350), der als Begründer des christlichen Mönchtums in der Wüste Juda gilt… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Chariton High School — Coordinates: 41°01′08″N 93°18′25″W / 41.019°N 93.307°W / 41.019; 93.307 Chariton High School is located in Ch …   Wikipedia

  • Iowa District East (LCMS) — The Iowa District East is one of the 35 districts of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS), and covers the eastern half of the state of Iowa; the rest of the state forms the Iowa District West. The Iowa District East includes approximately… …   Wikipedia

  • Chariton School District — Chariton Community School District Type and location Type Public school district Grades K to 12 Region Lucas County, Iowa Country USA …   Wikipedia

  • Chariton Township, Appanoose County, Iowa — Chariton Township, Appanoose County   Township   …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.