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DeWitt, Iowa
Aerial view of DeWitt
Aerial view of DeWitt
Location of DeWitt, Iowa
Location of DeWitt, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Clinton
Area
 • Total 6.23 sq mi (16.12 km2)
 • Land 6.22 sq mi (16.11 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
709 ft (216 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 5,514
 • Density 886.21/sq mi (342.17/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
52742
Area code(s) 563
FIPS code 19-21180
GNIS feature ID 0455826

DeWitt is a city in Clinton County, Iowa, United States. The population was 5,514 at the time of the 2020 census, which represented a 9.2% increase over that of 2000, making it the fastest growing city in Clinton County.

History

DeWitt, Iowa
Buildings along Sixth Avenue

DeWitt was platted in 1841. The city started under the name Vandenburg, but was later named after DeWitt Clinton (1769–1828), an early American politician who served as United States Senator and 7th Governor of New York.

Geography

DeWitt is located at 41°49′22″N 90°32′34″W / 41.82278°N 90.54278°W / 41.82278; -90.54278 (41.822684, -90.542643).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.98 square miles (15.49 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 1,749
1880 1,608 −8.1%
1890 1,359 −15.5%
1900 1,383 1.8%
1910 1,654 19.6%
1920 1,849 11.8%
1930 2,041 10.4%
1940 2,205 8.0%
1950 2,644 19.9%
1960 3,224 21.9%
1970 3,647 13.1%
1980 4,512 23.7%
1990 4,514 0.0%
2000 5,049 11.9%
2010 5,322 5.4%
2020 5,514 3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
DeWittIowaPopPlot
The population of DeWitt, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,322 people, 2,208 households, and 1,415 families residing in the city. The population density was 890.0 inhabitants per square mile (343.6/km2). There were 2,306 housing units at an average density of 385.6 per square mile (148.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.1% White, 0.8% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9% of the population.

There were 2,208 households, of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.9% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.99.

The median age in the city was 39.7 years. 25.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.1% were from 25 to 44; 26% were from 45 to 64; and 17.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.4% male and 52.6% female.

The median income for a household in the city was $44,720, and the median income for a family was $54,063. Males had a median income of $37,951 versus $25,457 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,717. About 2.8% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.

Education

DeWitt is home to the Central DeWitt Community School District. In addition to DeWitt, the nearby cities of Grand Mound, Low Moor, and Welton are also a part the school district. It was previously known as the Central Clinton Community School District until July 1, 2014.

St. Joseph Catholic Church operates a K-8 school. The Junior and High School portions was closed in the 1960s. The mascot for St. Joseph School is the Eagle.

Frances Banta Waggoner Community Library is the local community library.

Notable people

  • David C. Hilmers, NASA astronaut
  • JoAnna Lund, author and cook

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