Worthington, Iowa

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Worthington, Iowa
City
Location of Worthington, Iowa
Location of Worthington, Iowa
Coordinates: 42°23′48″N 91°7′10″W / 42.39667°N 91.11944°W / 42.39667; -91.11944Coordinates: 42°23′48″N 91°7′10″W / 42.39667°N 91.11944°W / 42.39667; -91.11944
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Dubuque
Area[1]
 • Total 0.39 sq mi (1.01 km2)
 • Land 0.39 sq mi (1.01 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 919 ft (280 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 401
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 399
 • Density 1,028.2/sq mi (397.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 52078
Area code(s) 563
FIPS code 19-87060
GNIS feature ID 0463210

Worthington is a city in Dubuque County, Iowa, United States. The population was 401 at the 2010 census, up from 381 at the 2000 census. Iowa Highway 136's route takes it through Worthington, which is north of Cascade and south of Dyersville.

History[edit]

The land on which Worthington is currently located was originally purchased by David Lovelace from the United States Government. The Dubuque South-Western Railroad — the local branch of the Chicago-Milwaukee and St. Paul lines — was contracted to establish a line from Farley to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In 1858, an Englishman named Amos Worthington came to the area to establish a general store. By November 1858 the area became an unincorporated town known as the village of Worthington. By May of the following year regular rail service was established. A plat of Worthington was established with the Dubuque county recorder in 1858.

In 1861, Worthington sold his store to a William Moore and left for Cincinnati, Ohio. Eventually this store became known as the Heffner and Lattner Store. Settlers also began arriving in the area, with a number of people setting up businesses.

Soon a Baptist church was established in Worthington, with James Hill as Pastor. In 1868 Father Kortenkamp of St. Francis parish in Dyersville, Iowa decided that Worthington was large enough to merit its own Catholic parish, and St. Paul's Catholic Church was begun.

On October 1, 1892, a number of local citizens filed a petition in the District Court of Iowa in and for Dubuque County asking for Worthington to be formally incorporated as a town. On November 23, the court called for village inhabitants Peter Baum, W. Lattner, G.A. Dando, Louis Hoppleu, and Theodore Ament to act as commissioners. As commissioners they were to call for a special election of all qualified people in the proposed area to vote on the matter of being incorporated. This election was held on January 2, 1893. There were 42 votes cast — 32 were for the proposal and ten were against. Eight days later, on January 10, 1893, the Clerk of the District Court reported that the election was held.

The notice of the incorporation election was posted in the Dyersville Commercial for several weeks, with the last notice being published on February 17, 1893. Then on March 6, 1893 the results of the election were formally certified by the District Court Clerk — finalizing the incorporation of Worthington, Iowa. The formal date of incorporation of Worthington was set as January 2, 1893 when the special election had taken place.

Geography[edit]

Worthington is located at 42°23′48″N 91°7′10″W / 42.39667°N 91.11944°W / 42.39667; -91.11944 (42.396745, -91.119529).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.39 square miles (1.01 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
Year Pop.   ±%  
1900 288 —    
1910 314 +9.0%
1920 341 +8.6%
1930 335 −1.8%
1940 326 −2.7%
1950 337 +3.4%
1960 360 +6.8%
1970 365 +1.4%
1980 432 +18.4%
1990 439 +1.6%
2000 381 −13.2%
2010 401 +5.2%
Source:"American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.  and Iowa Data Center

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 401 people, 160 households, and 109 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,028.2 inhabitants per square mile (397.0 /km2). There were 162 housing units at an average density of 415.4 per square mile (160.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.5% White, 0.2% African American, and 1.2% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.

There were 160 households of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.9% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.05.

The median age in the city was 38.9 years. 26.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.6% were from 25 to 44; 27.9% were from 45 to 64; and 13% 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[5] of 2000, there were 381 people, 144 households, and 112 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,228.9 people per square mile (474.5/km²). There were 147 housing units at an average density of 474.1 per square mile (183.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.48% White, 0.52% from other races.

There were 144 households out of which 39.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.6% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.2% were non-families. 20.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was US$36,250, and the median income for a family was $42,500. Males had a median income of $29,167 versus $18,846 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,119. About 4.1% of families and 3.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 11.6% of those age 65 or over.

Notables[edit]

In Mike Mullins first novel "AshFall". Worthington is one of the main characters stops along the way during his journey.

Matt Tobin, OT, Philadelphia Eagles is from Worthington, Iowa

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. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.