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Iowa, Louisiana
Town
Town of Iowa
Location of Iowa in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Iowa in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Calcasieu
Area
 • Total 3.43 sq mi (8.89 km2)
 • Land 3.40 sq mi (8.80 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
Elevation
20 ft (6 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 3,436
 • Density 1,011.78/sq mi (390.64/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 337
FIPS code 22-37445

Iowa is a town in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 2,996 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Lake Charles Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

The history of this region is filled with stories of the early Midwestern settlers from Kansas, Illinois and Iowa, of the Acadians (Cajuns), and of Jean Lafitte's pirates. The community of Iowa was developed in the mid-19th century.

The railroad that cut through this country brought settlers who were lured to the prairie land for rice farming, cattle raising and later oil fields. Much of southwest Louisiana was developed by the North American Land and Timber Co. Seaman A. Knapp, president of the Iowa State College of Agriculture, was engaged in 1885 to demonstrate the suitability of the region for rice production. Knapp attracted a number of Iowans to settle the area. The settlers were lured to this area by advertisements published in newspapers in the midwestern states.

Iowa experienced a growth boom when oil was struck in 1930 and oil companies came to try their luck in the Iowa oil and gas fields. Even though this was the Great Depression era, Iowa thrived as more men came to work in the oil fields.

Today, oil continues to be a vital part of the town's economy, as are farming and cattle.

The town of "Iowa" is actually pronounced with the long A sound at the end, opposed to the pronunciation of the state of Iowa.

Geography

Iowa is located along the eastern edge of Calcasieu Parish at 30°14′15″N 93°0′51″W / 30.23750°N 93.01417°W / 30.23750; -93.01417 (30.237433, -93.014191). The eastern border of the town is the Jefferson Davis Parish line.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town of Iowa has a total area of 3.17 square miles (8.22 km2), of which 3.15 square miles (8.15 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.07 km2), or 0.80%, is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 1,857
1970 1,944 4.7%
1980 2,437 25.4%
1990 2,588 6.2%
2000 2,663 2.9%
2010 2,996 12.5%
2020 3,436 14.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Iowa racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 2,082 60.59%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,059 30.82%
Native American 11 0.32%
Asian 19 0.55%
Pacific Islander 5 0.15%
Other/Mixed 172 5.01%
Hispanic or Latino 88 2.56%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,436 people, 1,211 households, and 812 families residing in the town.

Transportation

U.S. Route 90 passes through the center of town as 4th Street, and Interstate 10 passes along the northern edge, with access from exits 43 and 44. The southern terminus of U.S. Route 165 is at US 90 on the eastern town border. Lake Charles is 13 miles (21 km) to the west via Highways 90 or 10, and Lafayette is 63 miles (101 km) to the east. US 165 leads 85 miles (137 km) northeast to Alexandria.

Notable person

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