Polk City, Iowa

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Polk City, Iowa
Motto(s): 
A City For All Seasons
Location of Polk City, Iowa
Location of Polk City, Iowa
Coordinates: 41°46′14″N 93°42′57″W / 41.77056°N 93.71583°W / 41.77056; -93.71583Coordinates: 41°46′14″N 93°42′57″W / 41.77056°N 93.71583°W / 41.77056; -93.71583
Country United States
State Iowa
CountyPolk
Area
 • Total4.47 sq mi (11.58 km2)
 • Land4.32 sq mi (11.19 km2)
 • Water0.15 sq mi (0.39 km2)
Elevation
883 ft (269 m)
Population
 • Total3,418
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
4,428
 • Density791/sq mi (305.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50226
Area code(s)515
FIPS code19-64020
GNIS feature ID0460351

Polk City is a city in Polk County, Iowa, United States. The population was 4,646 in the 2017 census, an increase from 1,288 in 2010 census.[4] It is part of the Des MoinesWest Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Polk City is located along Saylorville Lake and near Big Creek State Park.

History[edit]

Polk City was settled in 1846 and incorporated as a city on March 13, 1875. It was an early contender for the seat of Polk County before Des Moines was ultimately chosen.[5] The city took its name from its location in Polk County.[6] Polk City is also known for having the only "town square" in all of Polk County.

Geography[edit]

Polk City is located at 41°46′14″N 93°42′57″W / 41.77056°N 93.71583°W / 41.77056; -93.71583 (41.770523, -93.715873).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.47 square miles (11.58 km2), of which, 4.32 square miles (11.19 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.39 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880443
18904460.7%
1900438−1.8%
1910310−29.2%
1920277−10.6%
19302956.5%
194034316.3%
1950336−2.0%
196056768.8%
197071526.1%
19801,658131.9%
19901,90815.1%
20002,34422.9%
20103,41845.8%
Est. 20164,428[3]29.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 3,418 people, 1,232 households, and 957 families residing in the city. The population density was 791.2 inhabitants per square mile (305.5/km2). There were 1,276 housing units at an average density of 295.4 per square mile (114.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.2% White, 0.8% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 1,232 households of which 43.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.3% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 22.3% were non-families. 17.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.11.

The median age in the city was 34.4 years. 30.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.7% were from 25 to 44; 25.4% were from 45 to 64; and 7.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.0% male and 50.0% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 2,344 people, 826 households, and 645 families residing in the city. The population density was 862.4 people per square mile (332.7/km²). There were 842 housing units at an average density of 309.8 per square mile (119.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.08% White, 0.30% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.34% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.68% of the population.

There were 826 households out of which 43.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.5% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.8% were non-families. 15.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.15.

28.5% are under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 33.8% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 8.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 99 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $58,000, and the median income for a family was $64,688. Males had a median income of $41,875 versus $27,863 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,476, and About 2.0% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and 15.6% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Polk City is home to North Polk West Elementary, which educates children age 3 through grade 4. Grade 5 students attend North Polk Central Elementary, 5-12 graders attend the North Polk Middle school and the North Polk High School both of which are in Alleman, Iowa, which is roughly 8.5 miles away.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. ^ "Data from the 2017 Census". State Data Center of Iowa. Retrieved March 22, 2011.
  5. ^ Henning, Barbara Beving Long; Patrice K. Beam (2003). Des Moines and Polk County: Flag on the Prairie. Sun Valley, California: American Historical Press. ISBN 1-892724-34-0.
  6. ^ 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. 114.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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