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Elkader is a city in Clayton County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after Abd-el-kader, Algerian national leader who led the Arab resistance movement against the French.

The latitude of Elkader is 42.853N. The longitude is -91.405W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 732 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 1,409.


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Median household income
Local
$32,857
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Elkader demographic reports
The community declined with the farm crisis of the 1980s. Stores and the downtown hotel closed; the Turkey River flooded, damaging Main Street businesses. Residents responded with a pep rally in the form of a Louisiana-style funeral, celebrating the "death of despair and launching a massive restoration project.
Local festivals include:
  • Heritage Days - Oct. 13-14, 2007
  • Sweet Corn Day - Aug. 11, 2007
  • Turkey River Rendezvous - Sept. 14-16, 2007
Dates often change. Check Elkader web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Big Springs Trout Hatchery
Historic sites and museums: Nature Center, Carter House Museum, Motor Mill Historic Site
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Record low: The state's lowest temperature on record was reported here on Feb. 3, 1996, at -47 degrees

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46% of Elkader residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Elkader ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Elkader was $16,785, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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20% of Elkader residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Elkader, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $224.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $697.


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Libraries in Elkader include Elkader Public Library ... View libraries

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Clayton County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Elkader political report.

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The average commute time for Elkader workers is 13 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

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