Early is a city in Sac County, Iowa, United States. The population was 557 at the 2010 census.
Early was incorporated on May 22, 1883, and is named after D.C. Early, a local settler.
Early is located at 42°27′43″N 95°9′5″W (42.461903, -95.151290).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.39 square miles (1.01 km2), all land.
Early's "claim to fame" is that it is the Crossroads of the Nation, because U.S. Highway 71 and U.S. Route 20 intersect there.
As of the census of 2010, there were 557 people, 246 households, and 146 families living in the city. The population density was 1,428.2 inhabitants per square mile (551.4/km2). There were 287 housing units at an average density of 735.9 per square mile (284.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.2% White, 1.4% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.5% Pacific Islander, 3.1% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.5% of the population.
There were 246 households of which 27.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.6% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.7% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older.