Estherville, Iowa

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Estherville, Iowa
City
Public Library Estherville, Iowa
Public Library Estherville, Iowa
Location of Estherville, Iowa
Location of Estherville, Iowa
Coordinates: 43°24′16″N 94°50′1″W / 43.40444°N 94.83361°W / 43.40444; -94.83361Coordinates: 43°24′16″N 94°50′1″W / 43.40444°N 94.83361°W / 43.40444; -94.83361
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Emmet
Area[1]
 • Total 5.32 sq mi (13.78 km2)
 • Land 5.32 sq mi (13.78 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,296 ft (395 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 6,360
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 6,221
 • Density 1,195.5/sq mi (461.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 51334
Area code(s) 712
FIPS code 19-25860
GNIS feature ID 0456397
Website http://www.cityofestherville.org

Estherville is a city in Emmet County, Iowa, United States. The population was 6,360 in the 2010 census, a decline from 6,656 in the 2000 census.[4][5] It is the county seat of Emmet County.[6] Estherville is home to the main campus of Iowa Lakes Community College.

History[edit]

Estherville was laid out in the late 1850s, and the town was incorporated in 1881.[7] The city was named after Esther A. Ridley, one of the first white female settlers in the area.[8]

Geography[edit]

Estherville's longitude and latitude coordinates
in decimal form are 43.404375, -94.833592.[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.32 square miles (13.78 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Estherville historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1880 138 —    
1890 1,475 +968.8%
1900 3,237 +119.5%
1910 3,404 +5.2%
1920 4,699 +38.0%
1930 4,940 +5.1%
1940 5,651 +14.4%
1950 6,719 +18.9%
1960 7,927 +18.0%
1970 8,108 +2.3%
1980 7,518 −7.3%
1990 6,720 −10.6%
2000 6,656 −1.0%
2010 6,360 −4.4%
Iowa Data Center [5]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 6,360 people, 2,607 households, and 1,546 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,195.5 inhabitants per square mile (461.6 /km2). There were 2,892 housing units at an average density of 543.6 per square mile (209.9 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.6% White, 0.8% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 5.4% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.0% of the population.

There were 2,607 households of which 28.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.1% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.7% were non-families. 35.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.95.

The median age in the city was 37.2 years. 23.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 12.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.3% were from 25 to 44; 23.9% were from 45 to 64; and 18% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.3% male and 49.7% female.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,279, and the median income for a family was $41,042. Males had a median income of $27,500 versus $20,441 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,488. About 5.0% of families and 8.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.4% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.

Economy[edit]

  • A NASCAR wheel manufacturer/supplier, Aero Racewheels, is located in Estherville.[10]

Meteorite[edit]

A piece of the stony-iron mesosiderite
found near Estherville
Estherville 1879 meteorite, at the Smithsonian
See also: meteorite falls

On May 10, 1879, a 455 pound meteorite fell to earth in Emmet County a few miles north of Estherville, and has become known as the Estherville Meteorite. When it struck it buried itself 15 feet in the ground. It is made of mesosiderite. Portions of the meteorite are on display in the Estherville Public Library, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the Museum Reich der Kristalle in Munich and the Naturhistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria.

Notable people[edit]

In the media[edit]

  • "The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth," a documentary that aired on the History Channel, claims that an Estherville man was lynched after stating he was "happy" over the death of Abraham Lincoln. The man's name was never given.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  4. ^ "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Data from the 2010 Census". State Data Center of Iowa. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  7. ^ History of Emmet County and Dickinson County, Iowa. Pioneer Publishing Company. 1917. pp. 128–129. 
  8. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 121. 
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  10. ^ Wheel manufacturers set tougher-than-required standards.
  11. ^ Kay Halloran (Kathleen Chapman)
  12. ^ "WOODS, Frank Plowman". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved March 19, 2011. 

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