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Epworth, Iowa
Motto(s): 
"A Great Place To Live!"
Location in the State of Iowa
Location in the State of Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Dubuque
Area
 • City 1.78 sq mi (4.60 km2)
 • Land 1.78 sq mi (4.60 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,043 ft (318 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • City 2,023
 • Density 1,136.52/sq mi (439.78/km2)
 • Metro
92,384
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
52045
Area code(s) 563
FIPS code 19-25725
GNIS feature ID 0456385
Website Official site of the City of Epworth, Iowa

Epworth is a city in Dubuque County, Iowa, United States. It is part of the Dubuque, Iowa Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,023 at the 2020 census, up from 1,428 in 2000.

History

Epworth was platted in 1855. It was named from the town of Epworth, Lincolnshire, England, the birthplace of John Wesley. Epworth was incorporated as a city on November 20, 1879,

Geography

Epworth is located at 42°26′45″N 90°55′52″W / 42.44583°N 90.93111°W / 42.44583; -90.93111 (42.445773, -90.931231).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.56 square miles (4.04 km2), all land.

Epworth is located along U.S. Route 20, and is about 12 miles west of Dubuque.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1890 348 —    
1900 549 +57.8%
1910 520 −5.3%
1920 468 −10.0%
1930 464 −0.9%
1940 454 −2.2%
1950 536 +18.1%
1960 698 +30.2%
1970 1,132 +62.2%
1980 1,380 +21.9%
1990 1,303 −5.6%
2000 1,428 +9.6%
2010 1,860 +30.3%
2020 2,023 +8.8%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census
EpworthIowaPopPlot
The population of Epworth, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,860 people, 643 households, and 488 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,192.3 inhabitants per square mile (460.3/km2). There were 651 housing units at an average density of 417.3 per square mile (161.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.9% White, 0.8% African American, 4.8% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 0.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.4% of the population.

There were 643 households, of which 39.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.8% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 24.1% were non-families. 19.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.13.

The median age in the city was 33.1 years. 28.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.1% were from 25 to 44; 23.6% were from 45 to 64; and 9.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.5% male and 48.5% female.

Economy

Epworth is the now the fifth-largest city in Dubuque County with spacious, new subdivisions housing many new residents, a significant portion of whom work in Dubuque, Iowa or elsewhere outside the community. The 11.3% increase in population from 2000 to 2006 places Epworth above the 90th percentile in population growth among municipalities nationwide.

Education

Public schools

All public school students living in Epworth are zoned to schools in the Western Dubuque Community School District. Elementary school students are zoned to Epworth Elementary School (in Epworth) for grades K-5. Middle school students are zoned to Drexler Middle School (in nearby Farley), and high school students are zoned to Western Dubuque High School, which is also in Epworth.

Private schools

Like many other rural communities in Iowa, Epworth also has a private school. Seton Catholic Elementary School- Epworth is one of three buildings that comprise Seton Catholic Elementary School, and is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dubuque. For grades 1–2, students go to the building in Epworth, for grades 3–5, students attend the building in nearby Peosta, Iowa, and for grades 6–8, students go to the building in nearby Farley. For high school, parochial students attend Beckman High School in Dyersville, Iowa or Wahlert High School in Dubuque, Iowa.

Colleges and universities

Epworth is home to Divine Word College, which is a Roman Catholic seminary.

Notable people

  • Henry Waechter (1959– ) former NFL lineman, 1985 Chicago Bears, Super Bowl XX player
  • Thomas J. Wickham Jr. (1968– ) Parliamentarian for the U.S. House of Representatives since 2012
  • Tom Hancock (1948-2016) former Iowa state senator.
  • Elohim (musician) - Electropop recording artist, DJ, producer and singer-songwriter.
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