Remsen, Iowa

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Remsen, Iowa
City
Location in Iowa
Location in Iowa
Coordinates: 42°48′47″N 95°58′18″W / 42.81306°N 95.97167°W / 42.81306; -95.97167Coordinates: 42°48′47″N 95°58′18″W / 42.81306°N 95.97167°W / 42.81306; -95.97167
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Plymouth
Incorporated 1889
Government
 • Type Mayor-council
 • Mayor Jeff Cluck
Area[1]
 • Total 1.27 sq mi (3.29 km2)
 • Land 1.27 sq mi (3.29 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,329 ft (405 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 1,663
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 1,649
 • Density 1,309.4/sq mi (505.6/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 51050
Area code(s) 712
FIPS code 19-66405
GNIS feature ID 0460584
Website City of Remsen

Remsen is a city in Plymouth County, Iowa, United States. The population was 1,663 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Remsen was named for Dr. William Remsen Smith, a pioneer Sioux City physician who became an extensive landowner in the area. Smith had a good friend who suggested the name Smithville, but Smith thought that there were too many Smiths in the world, and instead chose to give the town his middle name.

Remsen was platted by the Iowa Falls and Sioux City Railroad Town Land and Lot Company August 28, 1876, and was incorporated in the spring of 1889. The population in 1885 was given at 650, of whom 400 were American born.

Remsen was settled by mostly Luxembourg immigrants. Plagued by religious persecution, unwelcome Prussian military conscription and economic limitations, the early immigrants left their native land to start a new life in the land of opportunity now called Remsen.

Remsen citizens retained their Luxembourg traditions of deep religious faith and loyal, energetic, hard working and fun loving style. At the same time they contributed to their share in the building and development of America and were quick to respond whenever Uncle Sam called on his citizens for a service, always eager to do something for the land which gave them the opportunity to raise their families as free and independent American citizens.

During Prohibition, Remsen was a major player in the brewing, transporting and sale of illegal alcohol. Its location adjacent to larger midwestern cities and the amount of farmland between homes made it a perfect area to make moonshine. Much of the moonshine produced ended up in one of two other Iowa cities: Sioux City or Pocahontas.

Education[edit]

Remsen is very unusual for its small size having two K-12 school systems: Remsen-Union Public School and Remsen St. Mary's.

Geography[edit]

Remsen is located at 42°48′47″N 95°58′18″W / 42.81306°N 95.97167°W / 42.81306; -95.97167 (42.813118, -95.971673).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.27 square miles (3.29 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1890 580 —    
1900 835 +44.0%
1910 1,076 +28.9%
1920 1,144 +6.3%
1930 1,181 +3.2%
1940 1,196 +1.3%
1950 1,280 +7.0%
1960 1,338 +4.5%
1970 1,367 +2.2%
1980 1,592 +16.5%
1990 1,513 −5.0%
2000 1,762 +16.5%
2010 1,663 −5.6%
Source:"American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.  and Iowa Data Center

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,663 people, 645 households, and 436 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,309.4 inhabitants per square mile (505.6/km2). There were 704 housing units at an average density of 554.3 per square mile (214.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.2% White, 0.1% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9% of the population.

There were 645 households of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.4% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.11.

The median age in the city was 41.4 years. 27.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.8% were from 25 to 44; 24.7% were from 45 to 64; and 20.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.4% male and 52.6% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 1,762 people, 671 households, and 460 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,655.2 people per square mile (641.8/km²). There were 701 housing units at an average density of 658.5/sq mi (255.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.49% White, 0.06% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 0.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.34% of the population.

There were 671 households out of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.3% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families. 28.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.15.

28.9% were under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 17.6% from 45 to 64, and 24.0% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.5 males.

The median household income was $37,950 and the median family income was $48,250. Males had a median income of $32,841 versus $21,094 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,465. About 3.3% of families and 5.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.

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