Location of Pleasantville, Iowa
|• Total||2.54 sq mi (6.58 km2)|
|• Land||2.53 sq mi (6.55 km2)|
|• Water||0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)|
|Elevation||915 ft (279 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||1,699|
|• Density||669.6/sq mi (258.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0460321|
Pleasantville was surveyed and established as a town on August 1, 1849 on land then owned by William Wesley Jordan. Previous to the ownership of Mr. Jordan, the land comprising the original town plot of Pleasantville changed hands for one horse and $30.
A petition for incorporation was filed in District Court on June 11, 1872 with an election subsequently held in which there were 46 votes in favor and 16 votes against.
The completion of the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad Line through Pleasantville in 1879 caused an increase in development and Pleasantville became one of the active business centers in Marion County and the principal shipping point between Knoxville and Des Moines.
The earliest population figures available begin in 1900 with 738 residents.
The first school was built in the fall of 1847, and in 1868, the school district joined with the Masonic Lodge in building a three story brick building that remained a school facility until 1992. Today, the Pleasantville School district consists of three buildings, an elementary, a middle school, and a high school.
Pleasantville was released in the United States on October 23, 1998. As a promotional tie-in for this release an online competition gave entrants the chance to visit Pleasantville, Iowa. The Chamber of Commerce website is also titled "The Real Pleasantville" in another nod to this connection.
Pleasantville is located at (41.387772, -93.268680).
|Source:"American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. and Iowa Data Center|
The current Marion County Attorney, Ed Bull, and Sheriff Jason Sandholdt and their families call Pleasantville home.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,694 people, 674 households, and 426 families residing in the city. The population density was 669.6 inhabitants per square mile (258.5 /km2). There were 719 housing units at an average density of 284.2 per square mile (109.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.8% White, 0.3% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.
There were 674 households of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.7% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.8% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.12.
The median age in the city was 36 years. 27.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.6% were from 25 to 44; 22.7% were from 45 to 64; and 15.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,539 people, 615 households, and 394 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,322.4 people per square mile (512.3/km2). There were 662 housing units at an average density of 568.8 per square mile (220.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.38% White, 0.06% African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.49% of the population.
There were 615 households out of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.8% were non-families. 32.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.11.
29.1% wre under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $40,000, and the median income for a family was $48,295. Males had a median income of $35,551 versus $25,948 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,279. About 3.8% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.5% of those under age 18 and 20.0% of those age 65 or over.
Marion County farmer with mule-drawn wagon, about 1926
- "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
- "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-23.
- "New Line Cinema Offers Internet Browsers a Chance to Live in 'Pleasantville'". Retrieved 2008-01-11.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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