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Dunkerton, Iowa
Dunkerton High School
Dunkerton High School
Location of Dunkerton, Iowa
Location of Dunkerton, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Black Hawk
Area
 • Total 1.14 sq mi (2.95 km2)
 • Land 1.13 sq mi (2.93 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation
955 ft (291 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 842
 • Density 738.60/sq mi (285.42/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50626
Area code(s) 319
FIPS code 19-22845
GNIS feature ID 0456065

Dunkerton is a city in Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. The population was 842 at the time of the 2020 census. It is part of the WaterlooCedar Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

In 1853, two brothers, James and John Dunkerton, walked from Dubuque, Iowa, to stake out a claim of land near Lester. This claim became the town known as Lesterton, and later Dunkerton. In 1854, John died and was buried in the small cemetery which now holds 4 generations of Dunkertons. James remained and built up his land. On December 25, 1854, he married Christiana Hodges. At 60 years of age, James and his eldest son, sold a portion of their land to the railroad, requesting that the railroad be extended to Iowa. This act enabled the present City of Dunkerton to be established.

Attractions

The Dunkerton Bridge is a piece of history, spanning over Crane Creek from the city to the Charma Park. The pedestrian bridge, built in 1909, is still usable today.

In honor of Dunkerton's Veterans, the city has put up a brand new memorial. It is located on Canfield Rd. and Main St. and is the beginning to the city project of turning the flood zone into beautiful park areas.

Arts and culture

Dunkerton celebrates "Dunkerton Days" in late July, with a car show, a parade, mud volleyball tournament, fishing derby and bike races among other local activities. The highlight of Dunkerton Days is the fireworks show which brings many people from surrounding areas.

Dunkerton Public Library

After many years of city planning and fundraising, the Dunkerton Public Library was rebuilt out of the flood zone and opened its doors in December, 2010. The new facility includes computers, expanded inventory, and a special children's section.

Geography

Dunkerton is located at 42°34′6″N 92°9′36″W / 42.56833°N 92.16000°W / 42.56833; -92.16000 (42.568329, -92.160075).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.99 square miles (2.56 km2), of which, 0.98 square miles (2.54 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1900 217 —    
1910 276 +27.2%
1920 295 +6.9%
1930 327 +10.8%
1940 360 +10.1%
1950 409 +13.6%
1960 507 +24.0%
1970 563 +11.0%
1980 718 +27.5%
1990 746 +3.9%
2000 749 +0.4%
2010 852 +13.8%
2020 842 −1.2%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census
DunkertonIowaPopPlot
The population of Dunkerton, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 852 people, 327 households, and 237 families residing in the city. The population density was 869.4 inhabitants per square mile (335.7/km2). There were 338 housing units at an average density of 344.9 per square mile (133.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.1% White, 1.1% African American, 0.7% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.6% of the population.

There were 327 households, of which 38.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.6% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.5% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.13.

The median age in the city was 35.3 years. 29.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.7% were from 25 to 44; 25.3% were from 45 to 64; and 10.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.2% male and 51.8% female.

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