Buffalo Center is a city in Winnebago County, Iowa, United States. The population was 905 at the 2010 census. Its ZIP code is 50424.
Buffalo Center was platted in 1892. It was incorporated as a city in 1894.
Buffalo Center is located at 43°23′11″N 93°56′54″W (43.386497, -93.948241).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.07 square miles (2.77 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2010, there were 905 people, 405 households, and 242 families residing in the city. The population density was 845.8 inhabitants per square mile (326.6/km2). There were 465 housing units at an average density of 434.6 per square mile (167.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.1% White, 0.6% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 2.1% from other races, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.0% of the population.
There were 405 households of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.4% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.2% were non-families. 37.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 23% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.81.
The median age in the city was 48.3 years. 23.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 17.9% were from 25 to 44; 24% were from 45 to 64; and 30.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.6% male and 53.4% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 963 people, 432 households, and 269 families residing in the city. The population density was 879.3 people per square mile (338.0/km²). There were 467 housing units at an average density of 426.4 per square mile (163.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.44% White, 0.31% Asian, 1.04% from other races, and 0.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.60% of the population.
There were 432 households out of which 22.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.4% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% were non-families. 35.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.70.
19.6% are under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 17.0% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 36.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $30,694, and the median income for a family was $43,333. Males had a median income of $33,542 versus $21,875 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,944. About 6.5% of families and 9.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.6% of those under age 18 and 12.9% of those age 65 or over.
Buffalo Center has a high school, North Iowa Community School located in the town. It was the first consolidated school west of the Mississippi River. North Iowa Community School consists of students from three other surrounding communities: Lakota, Rake, and Thompson. The school mascot is the North Iowa Bison.