Van Meter, Iowa

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Van Meter, Iowa
City
Motto: "Tradition with a Vision"[1]
Location of Van Meter, Iowa
Location of Van Meter, Iowa
Coordinates: 41°31′53″N 93°57′19″W / 41.53139°N 93.95528°W / 41.53139; -93.95528Coordinates: 41°31′53″N 93°57′19″W / 41.53139°N 93.95528°W / 41.53139; -93.95528
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Dallas
Area[2]
 • Total 1.30 sq mi (3.37 km2)
 • Land 1.28 sq mi (3.32 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation 873 ft (266 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 1,016
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 1,094
 • Density 793.8/sq mi (306.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 50261
Area code(s) 515
FIPS code 19-80445
GNIS feature ID 0462534
Website City of Van Meter, Iowa Website

Van Meter is a city in Dallas County, Iowa, along the Raccoon River. The population was 1,073 as of 2011 and is part of the Des Moines–West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Van Meter was laid out as a town in 1869.[5] It was named for Jacob Rhodes Van Meter, a local settler.[6]

Van Meter was incorporated on December 29, 1877.[7]

Geography[edit]

Van Meter's longitude and latitude coordinates in decimal form are 41.531505, -93.955338).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.30 square miles (3.37 km2), of which, 1.28 square miles (3.32 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.[2]

Van Meter is situated west of Des Moines, just south of Interstate 80.

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
Year Pop.   ±%  
1880 376 —    
1890 467 +24.2%
1900 407 −12.8%
1910 386 −5.2%
1920 358 −7.3%
1930 400 +11.7%
1940 436 +9.0%
1950 364 −16.5%
1960 385 +5.8%
1970 464 +20.5%
1980 747 +61.0%
1990 751 +0.5%
2000 866 +15.3%
2010 1,016 +17.3%
Source:"American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.  and Iowa Data Center

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 1,016 people, 382 households, and 280 families residing in the city. The population density was 793.8 inhabitants per square mile (306.5 /km2). There were 415 housing units at an average density of 324.2 per square mile (125.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.9% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.6% Asian, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.6% of the population.

There were 382 households of which 45.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 14.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.7% were non-families. 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.09.

The median age in the city was 35.5 years. 31.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.4% were from 25 to 44; 26.4% were from 45 to 64; and 8.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.5% male and 50.5% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 866 people, 326 households, and 237 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,450.3 people per square mile (557.3/km²). There were 342 housing units at an average density of 572.8 per square mile (220.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.15% White, 0.23% African American, 0.69% Asian, 0.23% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.39% of the population.

There were 326 households out of which 41.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.2% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.0% were non-families. 20.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.5% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 33.4% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 8.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $50,625, and the median income for a family was $59,000. Males had a median income of $37,895 versus $26,023 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,272. About 0.8% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture[edit]

The Bob Feller Museum opened on June 10, 1995, in honor of Bob Feller, a National Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher and a native of Van Meter.

On November 11, 2006, Veterans Day, ground was broken for an Iowa Veterans Cemetery at a site located near Van Meter. Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack was among those who helped dedicate the cemetery.

Notable people[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "City of Van Meter, Iowa". City of Van Meter, Iowa. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  4. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  5. ^ The History of Dallas County, Iowa: Containing a History of the County, Its Cities, Towns, &c. Higginson Book Company. 1879. p. 483. 
  6. ^ "Profile for Van Meter, Iowa, IA". ePodunk. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Van Meter, Iowa". City-Data,com. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  10. ^ "Bob Feller". Find A Grave. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 

External links[edit]