West Union, Iowa
West Union, Iowa
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Location of West Union, Iowa
|• Total||2.78 sq mi (7.20 km2)|
|• Land||2.78 sq mi (7.20 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,188 ft (362 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||894/sq mi (345.3/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0462922|
Originally called Knob Prairie, it was founded by William Wells, naming it for his hometown, also called West Union, in Ohio.
West Union is located at (42.962035, -91.810055).
West Union is the home of the North Fayette Valley Community School District, which comprises the communities of West Union; Clermont; Elgin; Wadena; Hawkeye; Fayette, the unincorporated town of Alpha and the surrounding rural areas.
North Fayette and Valley Community Schools combined services in 2013 with the high school in West Union and the middle school in Elgin. The new school's mascot is called the Tigerhawks, due to the merging of the schools mascots, the Valley Tigers and the North Fayette Hawks. This agreement came about as a result of low enrollment and less state aid. This agreement will last until the 2015-2016 school year, unless the two districts' school boards decide to end it early. At the end of the 2015-16 school year, the school boards can decide to either: continue the whole-grade sharing agreement, end the agreement and go back to the North Fayette and Valley school districts, or officially consolidate the two districts.
In July, 2018, after overwhelming majorities from both districts agreed to it, the district officially became North Fayette Valley.
|West Union historical population|
|Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.|
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,486 people, 1,106 households, and 626 families residing in the city. The population density was 894.2 inhabitants per square mile (345.3/km2). There were 1,240 housing units at an average density of 446.0 per square mile (172.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.4% White, 1.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 0.6% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.
There were 5,106 households of which 24.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.0% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.4% were non-families. 38.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.80.
The median age in the city was 42.4 years. 21.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.1% were from 25 to 44; 24.9% were from 45 to 64; and 22.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.5% male and 50.5% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,549 people, 1,107 households, and 660 families residing in the city. The population density was 947.8 people per square mile (365.9/km²). There were 1,198 housing units at an average density of 445.4 per square mile (172.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.41% White, 0.24% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.71% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.37% of the population.
There were 1,107 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.9% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.3% were non-families. 36.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.87.
Age spread: 22.6% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 22.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $34,515, and the median income for a family was $45,128. Males had a median income of $30,246 versus $20,677 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,937. About 6.0% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.9% of those under age 18 and 17.5% of those age 65 or over.
It is a part of the North Fayette Valley Community School District. It was previously a part of the North Fayette Community School District, which merged into the North Fayette Valley district on July 1, 2018.
- Addie Dickman Miller, College founder and inventor
- Lucien Lester Ainsworth (1831–1902), U.S. Representative from Iowa's 3rd congressional district
- Robert B. Kamm, former President of Oklahoma State University–Stillwater
- Paul Peek, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court
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