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Jesup, Iowa
"The right place"
Location of Jesup, Iowa
Location of Jesup, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
Counties Buchanan, Black Hawk
 • Total 1.83 sq mi (4.75 km2)
 • Land 1.83 sq mi (4.75 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
984 ft (300 m)
 • Total 2,508
 • Density 1,367.5/sq mi (528.00/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 319
FIPS code 19-39585
GNIS feature ID 0457950

Jesup is a city in Buchanan County and partly in Black Hawk County in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 2,508 at the time of the 2020 census. It was named for Morris Ketchum Jesup, president of the Dubuque and Sioux City Railroad.

The Black Hawk County portion of Jesup is part of the WaterlooCedar Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The community of Jesup has undergone many changes in recent years. With new subdivisions, the population for the small community is on the rise due to the town's proximity to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Metropolitan Area metropolitan area.


Jesup's longitude and latitude coordinates
in decimal form are 42.475920, -92.062668.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.78 square miles (4.61 km2), all of it land.

The city center is located in Perry Township in Buchanan County.


Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1880 569 —    
1890 573 +0.7%
1900 690 +20.4%
1910 697 +1.0%
1920 774 +11.0%
1930 736 −4.9%
1940 902 +22.6%
1950 1,158 +28.4%
1960 1,488 +28.5%
1970 1,662 +11.7%
1980 2,343 +41.0%
1990 2,121 −9.5%
2000 2,212 +4.3%
2010 2,520 +13.9%
2020 2,508 −0.5%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,520 people, 982 households, and 719 families living in the city. The population density was 1,415.7 inhabitants per square mile (546.6/km2). There were 1,015 housing units at an average density of 570.2 per square mile (220.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.2% White, 0.3% African American, 0.2% Asian, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 982 households, of which 38.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.8% were non-families. 22.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 2.99.

The median age in the city was 35.8 years. 27.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25% were from 25 to 44; 25.6% were from 45 to 64; and 13.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.


The Jesup Community School District operates a local school that covers grade pre-k through 12th. The district covers a large area of Buchanan and Black Hawk counties. The school district includes the nearby unincorporated communities of Littleton, Wise, and Shady Grove in Buchanan County, and Barclay, Canfield, Jubilee, and Spring Creek in Black Hawk County. Also, the Jesup Community School District has three Amish schools located north of the town serving the large population of rural Amish children. The public school has an ICN (Iowa Communication Networking) room that allows students and members of the community to take college courses through Hawkeye Community College. The school's growth in recent years caused the development of plans for a new elementary, early childhood center, and middle school, now completed.

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