Hiawatha, Iowa

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Hiawatha, Iowa
City
Hiawatha City Hall
Hiawatha City Hall
Flag of Hiawatha, Iowa
Flag
Official seal of Hiawatha, Iowa
Seal
Motto:
Say hello to a great place to
live, work and play
Location in the State of Iowa
Location in the State of Iowa
Detailed map of Hiawatha, Iowa
Detailed map of Hiawatha, Iowa
Coordinates: 42°2′40″N 91°40′52″W / 42.04444°N 91.68111°W / 42.04444; -91.68111Coordinates: 42°2′40″N 91°40′52″W / 42.04444°N 91.68111°W / 42.04444; -91.68111[1]
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Linn
Incorporated June 12, 1950[2]
Government
 • Type Mayor–Council
 • Mayor Thomas A. Theis
Area[3]
 • Total 4.23 sq mi (10.96 km2)
 • Land 4.23 sq mi (10.96 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 850 ft (260 m)
Population (2010)[4]
 • Total 7,024
 • Estimate (2012[5]) 7,135
 • Density 1,660.5/sq mi (641.1/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 52233
Area code(s) 319
FIPS code 19-35940
GNIS feature ID 0457418
Website www.hiawatha-iowa.com

Hiawatha is a city in Linn County, Iowa, United States. It is a suburb located north of Cedar Rapids and is part of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 7,024 in the 2010 census, an increase from 6,480 in 2000.[6]

History[edit]

In 1946, Fay Clark, an entrepreneur of several ventures located in Linn County north of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, had a vision of houses and a highway running through a new city. In 1950 Clark and another 45 residents signed a petition seeking to become the 17th incorporated town in Linn County. The town would be named after Clark’s trailer company. That same year he and Henry Katz of Marion established the Linn County Fire Association to help provide fire protection to rural communities. Clark served as mayor of Hiawatha from 1950 to 1958, and again from 1961 to 1963. Clark died in 1991 at the age of 84.[7]

Hiawatha residents celebrated the dedication of their new City Hall on May 17, 2008.[8]
Hiawatha celebrated its 60th Anniversary in May 2010.

Geography[edit]

Hiawatha's longitude and latitude coordinates in decimal form are 42.044409, -91.681025.[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.23 square miles (10.96 km2), all of it land.[3]

The elevation of Hiawatha is 850 feet (260 m) above sea level.[2]

Hiawatha's population density is estimated at 1884 people per square mile which is considered low for urban areas.[2]

Climate[edit]

Monthly Normal, Record High and Low Temperatures, and precipitation
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rec High °F 68 73 88 94 104 103 110 108 105 94 80 69
Norm High °F 28 35 47 62 73 82 85 83 76 64 46 33
Norm Low °F 12 18 25 39 50 60 64 62 54 42 30 17
Rec Low °F -27 -28 -17 3 24 36 42 37 22 -2 -10 -28
Precip (in) 1.13 1.10 2.08 3.46 4.50 4.80 4.47 4.73 3.79 2.58 2.50 1.48
Source: Weather.com[10]

Demographics[edit]

Hiawatha
historical populations
Census Pop.
1960 1,336
1970 2,416 80.8%
1980 4,885 102.2%
1990 4,986 2.1%
2000 6,480 30.0%
2010 7,024 8.4%
Iowa Data Center [6]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2010, there were 7,024 people, 3,071 households, and 1,796 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,660.5 inhabitants per square mile (641.1 /km2). There were 3,310 housing units at an average density of 782.5 per square mile (302.1 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.9% White, 5.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 2.2% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.8% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.

There were 3,071 households of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.0% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.5% were non-families. 33.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.89.

The median age in the city was 37 years. 23.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.7% were from 25 to 44; 26% were from 45 to 64; and 13.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.8% male and 51.2% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 6,480 people, 2,859 households, and 1,663 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,834.3 people per square mile (708.8/km²). There were 2,979 housing units at an average density of 843.3 per square mile (325.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.24% White, 2.16% African American, 0.31% Native American, 1.53% Asian, 0.37% from other races, and 1.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.33% of the population.

There were 2,859 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.6% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.8% were non-families. 33.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.89.

Age spread: 23.6% under the age of 18, 12.1% from 18 to 24, 35.4% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 9.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,799, and the median income for a family was $47,135. Males had a median income of $37,277 versus $25,394 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,664. About 3.4% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.6% of those under age 18 and 1.7% of those age 65 or over.

Parks and recreation[edit]

The city of Hiawatha maintains three parks.[12]

  • Guthridge Park  Located on Emmons Street between 7th and 10th
  • Tucker Park   Located on B Avenue
  • Clark Park Park Located off N. 18th Avenue

Nature trails[edit]

Cedar Valley Nature Trail

Located on Boyson Road in Hiawatha is a trailhead for the Cedar Valley Nature Trail. The trailhead is furnished with picnic tables, restrooms, maps and information about the trail, and parking.[13]

The main trail is a continuous path just under 52 miles (84 km) long running northwest from Hiawatha to Evansdale, Iowa with the first 4 miles (6.4 km) going north from Hiawatha is paved with asphalt. The first 16 miles (26 km) going south from Evansdale is also paved with asphalt, the remaining trail is crushed and packed limestone. The trail has wildflowers and pockets of native remnant prairie grasses that have been enlarged through the process of burning surrounding brush and non-native plants. The trail is also known to have abundant wildlife and birds to observe. Although a fee was charged on the southern part of the trail at one time, the entire trail is now free.[14]

Other trails

A connecting segment of trail continues south from the Cedar Valley Nature Trail head through Hiawatha to connect with the Cedar River trail a 12.6-mile (20.3 km) trail in neighboring Cedar Rapids.[15] The city also maintains smaller unconnected looped walking trails at all three city parks.[12]

Farmers market[edit]

The Hiawatha farmers market is located in the 10th avenue parking lot of Guthridge Park. For the 2011 year the market will be open beginning April 24 and running through October 30 on Sundays from 11:00am to 2:00pm (local time) . Depending on the day 25 or more entrepreneurs from the area set up their own displays and sell home grown and home made products. These include (but not limited) to fresh vegetables, fruits, and flowers, an assortment of baked products, preserved food products, arts, and crafts.[16]

Government[edit]

Hiawatha is governed by the Mayor with city council form of government, utilizing several departments, boards, and commissions.
The recently built City Hall (dedicated in 2007) is located at 101 Emmons Street Hiawatha, Iowa 52233. The building was designed to include not only the city government and various departments but also includes a Community center and public meeting rooms.[17]

Police department[edit]

The Hiawatha Police Department is located in the lower level of the City Hall building. The department has 14 full-time sworn officers, 2 reserve police officers and special agent “Reco” a K-9 unit. Special Agent "Mod" retired from the police department on March 21, 2012. Mod sadly passed away August 28, 2013.[18]

Fire department[edit]

The Hiawatha Fire Department is located at 60 10th Avenue Hiawatha, Iowa 52233. The department's personnel is structured with three paid full-time position; the Fire Chief and two Deputy Chiefs. The remaining positions are all volunteer and they include one Assistant Chief, four Lieutenants, and fifty firefighters. The Hiawatha Fire Department has the only fire-based ambulance service in the area. In 2013, HFD had 1077 fire and EMS runs!

Education[edit]

Being part of the Cedar Rapids metropolitan area Hiawatha citizens have access to all of the education opportunities that are available in the area. See the Cedar Rapids Education section for more details. Hiawatha is included in the Cedar Rapids Community School District system.

Public schools

Hiawatha Elementary School (home of the Cougars) is located at 603 Emmonds street in Hiawatha and opened its doors in 1958. Currently (see reference for date) the school has approximately 440 students in kindergarten through fifth grade and a staff of 70.[19]

Nixon Elementary School (home of the Bobcats) is located at 200 Nixon Drive in Hiawatha and opened its doors in 1970. The school's philosophy utilizes self-contained classrooms in kindergarten through fifth grade. Currently (see reference for date) Nixon has approximately 330 students and a staff of 58.[20]

Private schools

Essential Montessori School is located at 1350 Blairs Ferry Road Suite A. Currently (see reference for date) the school has an enrollment of 46 from prekindergarten to kindergarten.[21]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "City-Data website". Hiawatha-Iowa. Retrieved 2010-11-24. 
  3. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  5. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  6. ^ a b "Data from the 2010 Census". State Data Center of Iowa. Retrieved March 16, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Hiawatha Iowa Official Website". History. Retrieved 2010-11-10. 
  8. ^ "Hiawatha City Hall". Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  10. ^ "Weather.com Hiawatha". Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  12. ^ a b "Hiawatha Iowa Official Website". Parks and Recreation Department. Retrieved January 29, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Cedar Valley Nature Trail Hiawatha trailhead Map". Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. Retrieved January 29, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Cedar Valley Nature Trail". Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. Retrieved January 29, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Linn County Trails". Retrieved January 29, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Hiawatha Insights". Farmers Market Report. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  17. ^ "Hiawatha Iowa Official Website". Main page. Retrieved 2010-11-10. 
  18. ^ "Hiawatha Iowa Official Website". Police Department. Retrieved 2010-11-10. 
  19. ^ "Hiawatha Elementary School". Home page. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  20. ^ "Nixon Elementary School". Home page. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  21. ^ "Local School Directory". Essential Montessori School. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  22. ^ "Medaglia al parà, Obama chiama la Ederle". Il Giornale di Vicenza. September 10, 2010. Retrieved September 19, 2010. 
  23. ^ Jacobs, Jennifer (September 12, 2010). "Iowan downplays Medal of Honor designation". The Des Moines Register. Archived from the original on September 13, 2010. 
  24. ^ "Iowa House Republicans". Kraig Paulsen. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 

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