Iowa Falls, Iowa

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Iowa Falls, Iowa
City
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Nickname(s): The Scenic City
Location of Iowa Falls, Iowa
Location of Iowa Falls, Iowa
Coordinates: 42°31′N 93°16′W / 42.517°N 93.267°W / 42.517; -93.267Coordinates: 42°31′N 93°16′W / 42.517°N 93.267°W / 42.517; -93.267
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Hardin
Area[1]
 • Total 5.44 sq mi (14.09 km2)
 • Land 5.36 sq mi (13.88 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.21 km2)
Elevation 1,106 ft (337 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 5,238
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 5,146
 • Density 977.2/sq mi (377.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 50126
Area code(s) 641
FIPS code 19-38640
GNIS feature ID 0457829
Website www.cityofiowafalls.com

Iowa Falls is a city in Hardin County, Iowa, United States. Iowa Falls is the home of Ellsworth Community College. It is also a regional transportation center, located along U.S. Routes 20 and 65 and the Canadian National and Union Pacific Railroads. The population was 5,238 at the 2010 census. A landmark in the city is its movie theater. Built as the Metropolitan Opera House in 1899, it presented plays, operas, and vaudeville in the town during the first half of the twentieth century, and today is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

History[edit]

Iowa Falls was laid out and platted in 1856.[4] It was named from the falls on the Iowa River.[5]

The Illinois Central Railroad was built through Iowa Falls in 1866.[6]

Geography[edit]

Iowa Falls is located at 42°31′N 93°16′W / 42.517°N 93.267°W / 42.517; -93.267 (42.5221, -93.2673).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.44 square miles (14.09 km2), of which, 5.36 square miles (13.88 km2) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.21 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1880 955 —    
1890 1,796 +88.1%
1900 2,840 +58.1%
1910 2,797 −1.5%
1920 3,954 +41.4%
1930 4,112 +4.0%
1940 4,425 +7.6%
1950 4,900 +10.7%
1960 5,565 +13.6%
1970 6,454 +16.0%
1980 6,174 −4.3%
1990 5,435 −12.0%
2000 5,193 −4.5%
2010 5,238 +0.9%
Source:"American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.  and Iowa Data Center

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 5,238 people, 2,207 households, and 1,295 families residing in the city. The population density was 977.2 inhabitants per square mile (377.3/km2). There were 2,462 housing units at an average density of 459.3 per square mile (177.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.0% White, 2.7% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 1.0% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.9% of the population.

There were 2,207 households of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.0% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.3% were non-families. 37.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.81.

The median age in the city was 40.9 years. 21.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 12.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.2% were from 25 to 44; 23.6% were from 45 to 64; and 22.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.2% male and 51.8% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 5,193 people, 2,215 households, and 1,331 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,043.1 people per square mile (402.6/km²). There were 2,412 housing units at an average density of 484.5 per square mile (187.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.34% White, 1.21% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.42% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.04% of the population.

There were 2,215 households out of which 25.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.9% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.81.

Age spread: 20.3% under the age of 18, 13.0% from 18 to 24, 22.2% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 23.1% that were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 89.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,141, and the median income for a family was $42,279. Males had a median income of $31,216 versus $21,004 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,330. About 7.1% of families and 10.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.5% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.

Radio stations[edit]

KIFG (Iowa River Radio) 95.3 FM, 1510 AM

Cable broadcasting[edit]

An over-the-air cable system existed in Iowa Falls, similar to one in Iron Mountain, Michigan. A list of channels and what they rebroadcast:

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

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. ^ History of Hardin County, Iowa. Union Publishing Company. 1883. p. 732. 
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 165. 
  6. ^ Moir, William J. (1911). Past and Present of Hardin County, Iowa. Unigraphic. p. 250. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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