Epworth, Iowa

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Epworth, Iowa
City
Motto: "A Great Place To Live!"[1]
Location in the State of Iowa
Location in the State of Iowa
Coordinates: 42°26′45″N 90°55′52″W / 42.44583°N 90.93111°W / 42.44583; -90.93111Coordinates: 42°26′45″N 90°55′52″W / 42.44583°N 90.93111°W / 42.44583; -90.93111
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Dubuque
Area[2]
 • City 1.56 sq mi (4.04 km2)
 • Land 1.56 sq mi (4.04 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,043 ft (318 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • City 1,860
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 1,913
 • Density 1,192.3/sq mi (460.3/km2)
 • Metro 92,384
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 52045
Area code(s) 563
FIPS code 19-25725
GNIS feature ID 0456385
Website Official site of the City of Epworth, Iowa
Population history of Epworth, Iowa (1940-2006).

Epworth is a city in Dubuque County, Iowa, United States. It is part of the Dubuque, Iowa Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,860 at the 2010 census, up from 1,428 at the 2000 census.

History[edit]

Epworth was platted in 1855. It was named from the town of Epworth, Lincolnshire, England, the birthplace of John Wesley.[5][6][7] Epworth was incorporated as a city on November 20, 1879,[8]

Geography[edit]

Epworth is located at 42°26′45″N 90°55′52″W / 42.44583°N 90.93111°W / 42.44583; -90.93111 (42.445773, -90.931231).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.56 square miles (4.04 km2), all land.[2]

Epworth is located along U.S. Route 20, and is about 12 miles west of Dubuque.

Demographics[edit]


Historical populations
Year Pop.   ±%  
1890 348 —    
1900 549 +57.8%
1910 520 −5.3%
1920 468 −10.0%
1930 464 −0.9%
1940 454 −2.2%
1950 536 +18.1%
1960 698 +30.2%
1970 1,132 +62.2%
1980 1,380 +21.9%
1990 1,303 −5.6%
2000 1,428 +9.6%
2010 1,860 +30.3%
Source:"American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.  and Iowa Data Center


2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 1,860 people, 643 households, and 488 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,192.3 inhabitants per square mile (460.3 /km2). There were 651 housing units at an average density of 417.3 per square mile (161.1 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.9% White, 0.8% African American, 4.8% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 0.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.4% of the population.

There were 643 households of which 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.8% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 24.1% were non-families. 19.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.13.

The median age in the city was 33.1 years. 28.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.1% were from 25 to 44; 23.6% were from 45 to 64; and 9.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.5% male and 48.5% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 1,428 people, 476 households, and 364 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,089.8 people per square mile (420.9/km²). There were 500 housing units at an average density of 381.6 per square mile (147.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.21% White, 0.49% African American, 0.07% Native American, 5.18% Asian, 0.49% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.63% of the population.

There were 476 households out of which 45.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.1% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.5% were non-families. 19.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.24.

28.1% are under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 113.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 121.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,938, and the median income for a family was $47,321. Males had a median income of $35,144 versus $20,234 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,869. About 3.5% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.

Economy[edit]

Epworth is the now the fifth-largest city in Dubuque County with spacious, new subdivisions housing many new residents, a significant portion of whom work in Dubuque, Iowa or elsewhere outside the community. The 11.3% increase in population from 2000 to 2006 places Epworth above the 90th percentile in population growth among municipalities nationwide.

Government[edit]

In the Iowa General Assembly, Epworth is represented by Senator Tom Hancock (D-Epworth) in the Iowa Senate, and Representative Ray Zirkelbach (D-Monticello) in the Iowa House of Representatives. At the federal level, it is within Iowa's 1st congressional district, represented by Bruce Braley (D-Waterloo) in the U.S. House of Representatives. Epworth, and all of Iowa, are represented by U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R) and Tom Harkin (D).

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

All public school students living in Epworth are zoned to schools in the Western Dubuque Community School District. Elementary school students are zoned to Epworth Elementary School (in Epworth) for grades K-5. Middle school students are zoned to Drexler Middle School (in nearby Farley, Iowa), and high school students are zoned to Western Dubuque High School, which is also in Epworth.

Private schools[edit]

Like many other rural communities in Iowa, Epworth also has a private school. Seton Catholic Elementary School- Epworth is one of three buildings that comprise Seton Catholic Elementary School, and is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dubuque. For grades 1-2, students go to the building in Epworth, for grades 3-5, students attend the building in nearby Peosta, Iowa, and for grades 6-8, students go to the building in nearby Farley. For high school, parochial students attend Beckman High School in Dyersville, Iowa or Wahlert High School in Dubuque, Iowa.

Colleges and universities[edit]

Epworth is home to Divine Word College, which is a Roman Catholic seminary.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official site of the City of Epworth, Iowa". http://ci.epworth.ia.us/. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  4. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 120. 
  6. ^ "Profile for Epworth, Iowa, IA". ePodunk. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ The History of Dubuque County, Iowa, Containing a History of the County, Its Cities, Towns, &c. Western Historical. 1880. p. 727. 
  8. ^ "Epworth, Iowa". City-Data.com. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ "PLAYERS - Henry Waechter". National Football League. Retrieved May 8, 2011. 

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