Maquoketa Middle School
One of a Kind
Location of Maquoketa, Iowa
|• Mayor||Don Schwenker|
|• Total||4.37 sq mi (11.32 km2)|
|• Land||4.33 sq mi (11.21 km2)|
|• Water||0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)|
|Elevation||702 ft (214 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1,418/sq mi (547.6/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0458789|
U.S. Route 61 adjoins the city, which therefore benefits from traffic between Dubuque and the Quad Cities. Iowa Highways 62 and 64 also pass through the city. Maquoketa Caves State Park is located a few miles northwest of the city.
The population was 6,141 at the 2010 census.
Maquoketa was originally called Springfield, and under the latter name was laid out in 1838. The present name, after the Maquoketa River, was adopted in 1844. The river's name derives from Maquaw-Autaw, which means "Bear River" in Meskwaki.
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As of the census of 2010, there were 6,141 people, 2,655 households, and 1,612 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,418.2 inhabitants per square mile (547.6/km2). There were 2,856 housing units at an average density of 659.6 per square mile (254.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.0% White, 0.7% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 1.3% Pacific Islander, 0.6% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.
There were 2,655 households of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.7% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.3% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.88.
The median age in the city was 41 years. 24.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.5% were from 25 to 44; 25.7% were from 45 to 64; and 19.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.2% male and 52.8% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 6,112 people, 2,614 households, and 1,599 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,773.3 people per square mile (684.0/km²). There were 2,797 housing units at an average density of 811.5 per square mile (313.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.10% White, 0.16% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.34% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.
There were 2,614 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.8% were non-families. 34.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.90.
Age spread: 24.4% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 21.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $28,984, and the median income for a family was $36,705. Males had a median income of $25,819 versus $19,421 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,360. About 9.1% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.6% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.
Maquoketa is located at  primarily in Jackson County.(42.066901, −90.666238),
Maquoketa is governed by the Mayor with city council form of government, with several departments, boards, and commissions.
The council votes on and passes motions, resolutions and ordinances. Resolutions are statements of policy and ordinances are the laws of the city. The votes of each council member are recorded in the minutes of the meeting. The council also approves expenditures and the budget, contracts, city policies and zoning changes.
The mayor is Don Schwenker. The mayor is the city's chief executive officer and presides over council meetings.
The city council members are (listed by seniority):
- Amy Moore (2010)
- Cory Simonson (2011)
- Joshua Collister (2012)
- Chuck Current (2015)
- Craig Orris (2015)
- Kevin Kuhlman (2015)
- Josh Smith (2016)
Maquoketa's day-to-day operations are run by the city manager, Brian Wagner. 
The Maquoketa Middle School is the oldest school building in Maquoketa due to it being built in 1922 after the previous structure burned down, formally a home to a junior high, high school and junior college. The school has approximately 375 students, grades 6 through 8, with a staff of over 60 educators and administrators.
Briggs Elementary School, built in 1954, is named after Ansel Briggs, the first Governor of Iowa, who was an early settler in Jackson County. The school has approximately 300 students, grades 3 through 5, with a staff of 35 educators and administrators.
Cardinal Elementary School, built in 1974, started as a school for grades 1 through 6. Gradual changes were made to the building and the grade levels taught. The decision to teach only kindergarten through 2nd grade was implemented at Cardinal in May 2002. The school has a staff of 37 educators and administrators.
Sunshine Preschool and Daycare is a nonprofit organization started in 1973. All children age 6 months up to 12 years of age including those with disabilities are accepted. Currently (see references) there are 145 children with 30 staff.
Clinton Community College added a Maquoketa campus right next to the Maquoketa High School. The campus is located at 501 W. Washington Street. The 11,000 square foot facility opened in 2009 and offers associate degrees and non-credit training. They also offer classes to high school students to supplement their high school education and give them an early start upon graduating from high school.
- Maquoketa Caves State Park
- Hurstville Lime Kilns, north of Maquoketa
- Jackson County Iowa Historical Society
- Clinton Engines Museum
- 61 Drive-in theater One of the few remaining outdoor theaters in the United States.
- The town also holds host to a historic district containing many great examples of Victorian architecture.
Despite its size, the town also attracts many presidential candidates. 2008 Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama visited the town twice during his campaign and again while president on August 16, 2011. The Old City Hall Gallery displays the oil paintings of International-known Maquoketa artist Rose Frantzen, whose exhibit "Portrait of Maquoketa", the oil paintings of 180 residents of Maquoketa, was once on display at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. It is now housed in the permanent collection of the Figge Art Museum  in Davenport, Iowa.
- Norris Brown, Senator from Nebraska
- Craig Callahan, professional basketball player
- James H. Cartwright, Illinois Supreme Court justice
- Betty Francis, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player
- Herbert E. Hitchcock, Senator from South Dakota
- Charles Wycliffe Joiner, US federal judge
- Matthew Luckiesh, physicist
- Junius Ralph Magee, former Methodist bishop
- Eben Martin, former US Representative
- Robert A. Millikan, Nobel Prize laureate
- Joseph Otting, businessman
- Sage Rosenfels, former quarterback in the NFL
- George Homer Ryan, former Governor of Illinois
- William Welch, originated the printing of high school diplomas
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- Chicago and North Western Railway Company (1908). A History of the Origin of the Place Names Connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railways. p. 98.
- "Maquoketa as the Centre of Trade". Maquoketa Jackson Sentinel. May 12, 1870.
- History of Jackson County, Iowa, Volume 1. S.J. Clarke Publishing Company. 1910. p. 557.
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- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "Official Maquoketa City Website". City Council. Archived from the original on November 19, 2010. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
- "Maquoketa Community School District". homepage. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
- "Maquoketa High School". homepage. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
- "Maquoketa Middle School". homepage. Archived from the original on May 10, 2011. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
- "Briggs Elementary School". homepage. Archived from the original on October 7, 2010. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
- "Cardinal Elementary School". homepage. Archived from the original on May 10, 2011. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
- "Sacred Heart Elementary School". homepage. Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
- "Private School Review". for Sacred Heart Elementary School. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
- "Little Shepherd Christian Preschool". homepage. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
- "Sunshine Preschool and Daycare". homepage. Archived from the original on July 28, 2011. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
- "Clinton Community College". homepage. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
- "61 DRIVE-IN theater". Business website. Retrieved November 21, 2010.
- "Portrait of Maquoketa".
- "Figge Art Museum".
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