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Cresco, Iowa
City
Howard County Courthouse in Cresco
Howard County Courthouse in Cresco
Motto: "Iowa's Year Round Play Ground"
Location of Cresco, Iowa
Location of Cresco, Iowa
Country United States
State Iowa
County Howard
Incorporated June 6, 1868
Area
 • Total 3.35 sq mi (8.68 km2)
 • Land 3.35 sq mi (8.68 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,293 ft (394 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,868
 • Estimate (2012) 3,886
 • Density 1,154.6/sq mi (445.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 52136
Area code(s) 563
FIPS code 19-17220
GNIS feature ID 0455712
Website Cresco Iowa Website

Cresco is a city in Howard County, Iowa, United States. The population was 3,868 in the 2010 census, a decline from 3,905 in 2000 census. It is the county seat of Howard County.

History

Cresco was platted in 1866 at the time the railroad was expanding into the area. Cresco is a Latin phrase meaning "I grow". Cresco was incorporated on June 6, 1868,

Geography

Cresco's longitude and latitude coordinates in decimal form are 43.374491, −92.115121.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.35 square miles (8.68 km2), all of it land.

Climate

Cresco experiences a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb) with long, cold, snowy winters and very warm, humid summers.

Climate data for Cresco
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 54
(12.2)
63
(17.2)
83
(28.3)
91
(32.8)
91
(32.8)
100
(37.8)
102
(38.9)
101
(38.3)
98
(36.7)
92
(33.3)
75
(23.9)
62
(16.7)
102
(38.9)
Average high °F (°C) 21.5
(-5.83)
27.6
(-2.44)
40.0
(4.44)
55.6
(13.11)
68.7
(20.39)
78.3
(25.72)
81.9
(27.72)
79.7
(26.5)
71.6
(22)
59.2
(15.11)
41.4
(5.22)
26.7
(-2.94)
54.35
(12.417)
Average low °F (°C) 2.8
(-16.22)
9.4
(-12.56)
21.9
(-5.61)
34.0
(1.11)
45.8
(7.67)
55.5
(13.06)
59.6
(15.33)
57.3
(14.06)
47.9
(8.83)
36.2
(2.33)
23.5
(-4.72)
9.4
(-12.56)
33.61
(0.894)
Record low °F (°C) −35
(-37.2)
−36
(-37.8)
−29
(-33.9)
−1
(-18.3)
23
(-5)
34
(1.1)
40
(4.4)
34
(1.1)
24
(-4.4)
10
(-12.2)
−16
(-26.7)
−30
(-34.4)
−36
(-37.8)
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.02
(25.9)
0.88
(22.4)
2.21
(56.1)
3.52
(89.4)
3.92
(99.6)
4.65
(118.1)
4.54
(115.3)
5.17
(131.3)
3.69
(93.7)
2.40
(61)
2.36
(59.9)
1.27
(32.3)
35.63
(905)
Snowfall inches (cm) 10.0
(25.4)
6.9
(17.5)
6.4
(16.3)
2.5
(6.4)
trace 0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.4
(1)
4.9
(12.4)
9.0
(22.9)
40.1
(101.9)
Source: NOAA

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 912
1880 1,875 105.6%
1890 2,018 7.6%
1900 2,806 39.0%
1910 2,658 −5.3%
1920 3,195 20.2%
1930 3,069 −3.9%
1940 3,530 15.0%
1950 3,638 3.1%
1960 3,809 4.7%
1970 3,927 3.1%
1980 3,860 −1.7%
1990 3,669 −4.9%
2000 3,905 6.4%
2010 3,868 −0.9%
Est. 2015 3,833 −0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,868 people, 1,660 households, and 962 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,154.6 inhabitants per square mile (445.8/km2). There were 1,821 housing units at an average density of 543.6 per square mile (209.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.3% White, 0.4% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 1,660 households of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.0% were non-families. 36.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.3% 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 2.95.

The median age in the city was 39.8 years. 25.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.2% were from 25 to 44; 23.6% were from 45 to 64; and 19.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.0% male and 52.0% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,905 people, 1,652 households, and 1,004 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,184.1 people per square mile (456.9/km²). There were 1,791 housing units at an average density of 543.1 per square mile (209.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.77% White, 0.23% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.03% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.72% of the population.

There were 1,652 households out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.2% were non-families. 35.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.95.

Age spread: 25.6% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 18.5% from 45 to 64, and 22.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 88.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,236, and the median income for a family was $43,682. Males had a median income of $30,088 versus $21,444 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,190. About 2.1% of families and 6.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.2% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

Museums and other points of interest

The Mighty Howard County Fair is held annually in Cresco every June. 2014 was the 121st year that the fair was held.

Cresco Community Theatre is a non-profit organization open to anyone with an idea or the desire to contribute. The decision of which shows to be produced on the Cresco stage are reached by the contributing members, and range from famously named productions to the locally written plays.

Cresco is home to the Glen Brand Wrestling Hall of Fame of Iowa that had its first inductee banquet in 1970. As of April 2010 there are 97 members who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of amateur wrestling.

Although Cresco is no longer on a railroad line, it is home to a restored Milwaukee Road FP7 diesel engine which is known as the Heritage Train and displayed in Beadle Park at the center of the city on Highway 9. Cresco is also headquarters for Featherlite Trailers.

The Cresco post office contains a mural, Iowa Farming, painted in 1937 by Richard Haines. Murals were produced from 1934 to 1943 in the United States through the Section of Painting and Sculpture, later called the Section of Fine Arts, of the Treasury Department. The mural recalls his earliest days in Marion, Iowa depicting a farm scene with horses, cows, pigs, chickens, and family members performing chores as a mother reads a letter just delivered by the postal service.

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