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West Point, Iowa
West Point, Iowa
West Point, Iowa
Motto(s): 
"Home of the Sweet Corn Festival"[1]
Location of West Point, Iowa
Location of West Point, Iowa
Coordinates: 40°43′2″N 91°27′6″W / 40.71722°N 91.45167°W / 40.71722; -91.45167Coordinates: 40°43′2″N 91°27′6″W / 40.71722°N 91.45167°W / 40.71722; -91.45167
Country United States
State Iowa
CountyLee
Area
 • Total0.61 sq mi (1.58 km2)
 • Land0.61 sq mi (1.58 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
768 ft (234 m)
Population
 • Total966
 • Estimate 
(2016)[4]
954
 • Density1,584/sq mi (611.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
52656-52657
Area code(s)319
FIPS code19-84585
GNIS feature ID0462900
WebsiteCity of West Point, Iowa

West Point is a city in Lee County, Iowa, United States. The population was 966 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Fort MadisonKeokuk, IA-MO Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

West Point was incorporated on March 25, 1858.[5] The name of West Point was chosen by officers of the garrison at Fort Des Moines (Montrose).[6]

Geography[edit]

West Point's latitude and longitude coordinates in decimal form are 40.717249, -91.451672.[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.61 square miles (1.58 km2), all of it land.[2]

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
YearPop.±%
1850546—    
1870794+45.4%
1880704−11.3%
1890498−29.3%
1900654+31.3%
1910570−12.8%
1920591+3.7%
1930536−9.3%
1940543+1.3%
1950662+21.9%
1960758+14.5%
19701,045+37.9%
19801,133+8.4%
19901,079−4.8%
2000980−9.2%
2010966−1.4%
2016954−1.2%
Source:"American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 966 people, 432 households, and 267 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,583.6 inhabitants per square mile (611.4/km2). There were 452 housing units at an average density of 741.0 per square mile (286.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.1% White, 0.3% African American, 0.1% Asian, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 432 households of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.6% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.2% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.71.

The median age in the city was 44.2 years. 20.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.6% were from 25 to 44; 26.3% were from 45 to 64; and 22.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.2% male and 52.8% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 980 people, 426 households, and 264 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,687.8 people per square mile (652.4/km²). There were 450 housing units at an average density of 775.0 per square mile (299.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.90% White, 0.10% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.51% of the population.

There were 426 households out of which 26.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.8% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the city, the population was spread out with 20.6% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 24.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $38,409, and the median income for a family was $50,724. Males had a median income of $36,797 versus $22,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $27,289. About 4.6% of families and 4.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.9% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Fort Madison Community School District serves the city;[10] its high school is Fort Madison High School.

The Roman Catholic Holy Trinity Catholic Schools maintains an elementary campus in West Point; the secondary school is in Fort Madison, and there are early childhood campuses in Fort Madison and St. Paul.[11] Previously the Marquette Catholic School System maintained its high school and administrative offices in West Point;[12] in 2005 it merged into the Holy Trinity system.[13]

Sweet Corn Festival[edit]

West Point is home to Iowa's Largest Sweet Corn Festival. The first festival was in August 1958. There are nearly 25,000 visitors during the four-day event and over 17 tons of sweet corn. The festival includes free sweet corn and stage entertainment, arts and crafts, bingo, 5K and 10K run, queen crowning, tractor pull, city parade, and teen dance.[14]

Notable people[edit]

  • Mikaela Foecke, Gatorade National High School Volleyball Player of the Year in 2014, and 2015 NCAA Championship MVP playing for Nebraska.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "City of West Point, Iowa". City of West Point, 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 and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "West Point, Iowa". City-Data.com. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
  6. ^ The History of Lee County, Iowa. Western Historical Company. 1879. p. 665.
  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.
  10. ^ "Fort Madison." Iowa Department of Education. Retrieved on September 16, 2018.
  11. ^ "Contact Us." Holy Trinity Catholic Schools. Retrieved on September 16, 2018.
  12. ^ "Marquette (Catholic)." Great River Area Education Agency 16. February 22, 1997. Retrieved on September 17, 2018.
  13. ^ Klosterman, Celine (2010-12-15). "Holy Trinity Catholic Schools looking for new principal". The Catholic Messenger. Retrieved 2018-09-16.
  14. ^ http://www.iowabeautiful.com/southeast-iowa-tourism/567-sweet-corn-festival-west-point-iowa.html
  15. ^ "Mikaela Foecke bio".

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