University Heights, Iowa

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University Heights, Iowa
City
Melrose Triangle
Melrose Triangle
Official seal of University Heights, Iowa
Seal
Motto: The Height of Good Living
Location of University Heights, Iowa
Location of University Heights, Iowa
Coordinates: 41°39′13″N 91°33′29″W / 41.65361°N 91.55806°W / 41.65361; -91.55806Coordinates: 41°39′13″N 91°33′29″W / 41.65361°N 91.55806°W / 41.65361; -91.55806
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Johnson
Incorporated 1935
Government
 • Type Mayor-council government
 • Mayor Louise From
Area[1]
 • Total 0.27 sq mi (0.70 km2)
 • Land 0.27 sq mi (0.70 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 764 ft (233 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 1,051
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 1,098
 • Density 3,892.6/sq mi (1,502.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 52246
Area code(s) 319
FIPS code 19-79770
GNIS feature ID 0462482
Website http://www.university-heights.org/

University Heights is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. It part of the Iowa City, Iowa Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,051 at the 2010 census. It is an enclave surrounded by Iowa City, located near the campus of the University of Iowa. University Heights is very close to Kinnick Stadium.

According to The Gazette (Cedar Rapids), University Heights has a reputation among area motorists as a speed trap.[4]

History[edit]

University Heights City Hall

At the turn of the 20th century, the area of present day University Heights was known as West Lucas Township and consisted of several small farms and properties. At that time, the University of Iowa and Iowa City at large had not yet expanded westward past the Iowa River.

In the early 1920s, brothers Lee and George Koser began purchasing and developing the land that became the city of University Heights, anticipating the westward expansion of the University and the city. With the construction of the University's General Hospital in 1928 and Kinnick Stadium in 1929, those predictions came true. By 1933, the City of Iowa City began annexing land on the west side of the river and in 1935, the city of University Heights was incorporated. By the 1960s, most of the remaining lots west of Sunset St. were developed and the land surrounding University Heights had been annexed by Iowa City, limiting future growth.[5]

Geography[edit]

University Heights is located at 41°39′13″N 91°33′29″W / 41.65361°N 91.55806°W / 41.65361; -91.55806 (41.653666, -91.558167).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.27 square miles (0.70 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical Populations
Year Pop.   ±%  
1940 261 —    
1950 446 +70.9%
1960 841 +88.6%
1970 1,265 +50.4%
1980 1,069 −15.5%
1990 1,042 −2.5%
2000 987 −5.3%
2010 1,051 +6.5%
Source:"American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.  and Iowa Data Center

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,051 people, 474 households, and 251 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,892.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,502.9 /km2). There were 512 housing units at an average density of 1,896.3 per square mile (732.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.5% White, 1.0% African American, 3.3% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.8% of the population.

There were 474 households of which 21.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 47.0% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.78.

The median age in the city was 30.5 years. 17.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 17.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 32.3% were from 25 to 44; 21.5% were from 45 to 64; and 11.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.6% male and 49.4% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 987 people, 467 households, and 254 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,626.3 people per square mile (1,411.4/km²). There were 477 housing units at an average density of 1,752.5 per square mile (682.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.95% White, 0.91% African American, 1.22% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.62% of the population.

There were 467 households out of which 22.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.9% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.6% were non-families. 35.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.74.

18.1% are under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 36.1% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 101.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $48,929, and the median income for a family was $79,044. Males had a median income of $48,542 versus $36,397 for females. The per capita income for the city was $32,484. About 4.6% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.0% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Special election[edit]

In 2009, the developer Jeff Maxwell proposed a large development to be built on the present site of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.[8] The proposal was considered by the zoning commission and disapproved. It was sent to the city council which also disapproved the proposed rezoning. The 2009 city election reflected the high level of interest in the development as ten candidates ran for the city council and voters turned out in record numbers.[9]

Four of the five council members elected subsequently supported the Maxwell development. One of them, Amy Moore, resigned from the city council and was replaced by Jim Lane by appointment. A petition for a special election obtained more than the minimum signatures. The two candidates in the January 11th election were Jim Lane, the appointed incumbent, and Rosanne Hopson, a longtime resident.[10]

The final turnout of 495 set a record for city elections in University heights. Hopson received 262 votes (53%) and Lane received 233 (47%).[10]

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. ^ Raasch, Jeff. "University Heights embraces ’speed trap’ reputation" "The Gazette" 2009-07-16 Accessed 2010-09-08
  5. ^ "The Height of Good Living, 2035: A Comprehensive Plan for the City of University Heights, Iowa.". City of University Heights, Iowa. 2006-11-01. Retrieved 2008-07-22. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ Maxwell. "Rezoning Application". Application for rezoning of St. Andrew site. 
  9. ^ Johnson County Auditor. "Election Returns". University Heights election returns. 
  10. ^ a b Johnson County Auditor. "2011 Special Election". University Heights Special Election. 

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