Orange City, Iowa

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Orange City, Iowa
Sioux County Courthouse in Orange City
Sioux County Courthouse in Orange City
Location of Orange City, Iowa
Location of Orange City, Iowa
Orange City, Iowa is located in the United States
Orange City, Iowa
Orange City, Iowa
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 43°0′20″N 96°3′32″W / 43.00556°N 96.05889°W / 43.00556; -96.05889Coordinates: 43°0′20″N 96°3′32″W / 43.00556°N 96.05889°W / 43.00556; -96.05889
Country United States
State Iowa
CountySioux
IncorporatedFebruary 29, 1884[1]
Government
 • TypeMayor-council
 • MayorDeb De Haan
Area
 • Total4.33 sq mi (11.21 km2)
 • Land4.33 sq mi (11.21 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,444 ft (440 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total6,267
 • Density1,447.34/sq mi (558.82/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
51041
Area code(s)712
FIPS code19-59475
GNIS feature ID0459884
Websiteorangecityiowa.com

Orange City is a city in, and the county seat of, Sioux County, Iowa, United States.[3] Its population was 6,267 in the 2020 census, an increase from 5,582 in 2000.[4] Named after William of Orange,[5] the community maintains its Dutch settler traditions visibly, with Dutch storefront architecture and an annual Tulip Festival.[6]

History and culture[edit]

Orange City was first called Holland and was later renamed in honor of Dutch royalty. The city was founded in 1870 by settlers from Pella, Iowa looking for cheaper and better land.[7]

As the county seat of Sioux County, the city is the location of the Sioux County Courthouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[8]

Geography[edit]

Orange City is located at 43°0′20″N 96°3′32″W / 43.00556°N 96.05889°W / 43.00556; -96.05889 (43.005498, −96.058796).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.94 sq mi (10.20 km2), all land.[10]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880320
18901,246289.4%
19001,45716.9%
19101,374−5.7%
19201,63218.8%
19301,7275.8%
19401,92011.2%
19502,16612.8%
19602,70725.0%
19703,57232.0%
19804,58828.4%
19904,9407.7%
20005,58213.0%
20106,0047.6%
20206,2674.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[11][4]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[12] of 2010, 6,004 people, 1,905 households, and 1,405 families were living in the city. The population density was 1,523.9/sq mi (588.4/km2). The 2,004 housing units had an average density of 508.6/sq mi (196.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.2% White, 0.6% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.4% Asian, 3.4% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 7.0% of the population.

Of the 1,905 households, 33.8% had children under 18 living with them, 67.0% were married couples living together, 4.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.2% were not families. About 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.61, and the average family size was 3.08.

The median age in the city was 29.1 years; 23.1% of residents were under 18, 22.2% were between 18 and 24, 19.3% were from 25 to 44, 20.7% were from 45 to 64, and 14.7% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.3% male and 52.7% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[13] of 2000, 5,582 people, 1,719 households, and 1,285 families were living in the city. The population density was 1,808.5 people/sq mi (697.5/km2). The 1,805 housing units had an average density of 584.8/sq mi (225.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.51% White, 0.50% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.97% Asian, 0.61% from other races, and 0.36% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latino of any race were 1.13% of the population.

There were 1,719 households, out of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.8% were married couples living together, 4.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.2% were not families. About 23.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.58, and the average family size was 3.07.

In the city, the age distribution was 22.7% under 18, 24.9% from 18 to 24, 20.2% from 25 to 44, 16.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.7 males. For every 100 females 18 and over, there were 80.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,721, and for a family was $49,076. Males had a median income of $33,965 versus $21,130 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,413. About 4.4% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 10.7% of those age 65 or over.

Economy[edit]

Major companies headquartered in Orange City include Diamond Vogel, Pizza Ranch, and Revival Animal Health Systems.

Employers in Orange City are:[14]

  • Diamond Vogel and Old Masters – >800 employees
  • Orange City Area Health System – 500 employees
  • Staples Promotional Products – 400 employees
  • Northwestern College – 300 employees
  • Revival Animal Health – 70 employees between its Orange City and Mapleton, Iowa facilities
  • CIVCO (Radiation Oncology division) – 270 employees worldwide
  • EZ-Liner – 50 employees
  • Silent Drive – 40 employees
  • Pizza Ranch – 30 office staff
  • AIM Aerospace – 110 employees
  • Van Beek Natural Science – 25 employees

Education[edit]

MOC-Floyd Valley Community School District is the local school district.[15] The district formed on July 1, 1994 with the merger of the Maurice-Orange City and Floyd Valley districts.[16] Public schools serving the community are Orange City Elementary School, MOC-Floyd Valley Middle School in Alton, and MOC-Floyd Valley High School in Orange City. The current Orange City Elementary building opened in the early 1920s.[17] As per the 2020 bond, it will be rebuilt.[18]

Private schools include Orange City Christian School, and Unity Christian High School in the War Eagle Conference.

Orange City is home to Northwestern College, a Christian liberal arts college affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. As of August 2011, 1,243 students were enrolled – 59% female and 41% male.[19]

It is also within 30 miles of Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, which was started in 1966 as a pilot program sponsored by the Department of Education in cooperation with the local high schools. It enrolls over 1,000 students per year (58% female, 42% male as of 2005).

Religion[edit]

Orange City is traditionally a Dutch Reformed community with several congregations from the Christian Reformed Church of North America, United Reformed Churches in North America, and Reformed Church in America denominations. The city also has congregations from the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, Southern Baptist Convention, Presbyterian Church in America, Episcopal, Christian and Missionary Alliance, and Evangelical Free Church of America denominations. A Catholic church is located in Alton, Iowa, 3 miles east of Orange City.[20]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Orange City, Iowa". City-Data. Retrieved March 13, 2014.
  2. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 16, 2022.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 3, 2015. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "2020 Census State Redistricting Data". census.gov. United states Census Bureau. Retrieved August 12, 2021.
  5. ^ "Orange City launches new branding initiative". Orange City Iowa. Archived from the original on April 2, 2012. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  6. ^ Laura MacFarquhar, "Our Town," The New Yorker, November 13, 2017.
  7. ^ Van Klompenburg, Carol; Crum, Doroty (1996). Dutch Touches, Recipes and Traditions. Penfield Press, Iowa. ISBN 1-57216-024-1.
  8. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 12, 2012. Retrieved May 11, 2012.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 11, 2012.
  13. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  14. ^ "Major Employers". Orange City Iowa. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  15. ^ "MOC-Floyd Valley" (PDF). Iowa Department of Education. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  16. ^ "REORGANIZATION & DISSOLUTION ACTIONS SINCE 1965-66" (PDF). Iowa Department of Education. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 9, 2019. Retrieved March 22, 2020.
  17. ^ Dockter, Mason (February 8, 2020). "MOC-Floyd Valley puts $37M elementary school bond measure before voters". Sioux City Journal. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  18. ^ Hayworth, Bret (March 3, 2020). "MOC-Floyd Valley voters pass $37M bond for elementary school in Orange City". Sioux City Journal. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  19. ^ "Northwestern Iowa". US News and World Reports - Best Midwest Colleges. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  20. ^ "Churches in Orange City". Orange City Iowa. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
  21. ^ "Nicholas John Collison". BASKETBALL-Reference. Retrieved May 13, 2011.
  22. ^ Gibson, Debra (Spring 2003). "Retirement" (PDF). Designews. Vol. 16. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 5, 2016. Retrieved January 23, 2012.
  23. ^ Iowa Court of Appeals
  24. ^ "Geertsmas move from Washington". Sioux Center News. August 31, 1988. Retrieved January 25, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  25. ^ "Tyler James Bio". TylerJames.com. Archived from the original on February 12, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
  26. ^ Hytrek, Nick (May 8, 2011). "Dutch photographer captures Orange City's heritage in book". Sioux City Journal. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
  27. ^ "NATIONAL CHAMPION: Mulder Wins 800 Meters". CBS Interactive/UNIPanthers. March 15, 2008. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved May 13, 2011.
  28. ^ "About Dr. Samuel Noordhoff". Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  29. ^ Votesmart.org.-Kenneth Veenstra

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