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La Porte City, Iowa
La Porte City's City Hall
La Porte City's City Hall
Location of La Porte City, Iowa
Location of La Porte City, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Black Hawk
Area
 • Total 2.62 sq mi (6.79 km2)
 • Land 2.56 sq mi (6.62 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.17 km2)
Elevation
830 ft (253 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,284
 • Density 871.2/sq mi (336.38/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50651
Area code(s) 319
FIPS code 19-43365
GNIS feature ID 0458156

La Porte City is a city in Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. The population was 2,284 at the 2020 census. It is part of the WaterlooCedar Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

La Porte City was platted in 1855. It is named after La Porte, Indiana, the former home of one of its founders.

Geography

La Porte City is located at 42°18′49″N 92°11′18″W / 42.31361°N 92.18833°W / 42.31361; -92.18833 (42.313606, -92.188291).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.62 square miles (6.79 km2), of which, 2.55 square miles (6.60 km2) is land and 0.07 square miles (0.18 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1880 1,006 —    
1890 1,052 +4.6%
1900 1,419 +34.9%
1910 1,233 −13.1%
1920 1,443 +17.0%
1930 1,470 +1.9%
1940 1,594 +8.4%
1950 1,770 +11.0%
1960 1,953 +10.3%
1970 2,256 +15.5%
1980 2,324 +3.0%
1990 2,128 −8.4%
2000 2,275 +6.9%
2010 2,285 +0.4%
2020 2,284 −0.0%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census
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Main Street
Walnut and 3rd Streets, LaPorte City, Iowa - c. 1915
Walnut and 3rd Streets, circa 1915

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,285 people, 915 households, and 601 families living in the city. The population density was 896.1 inhabitants per square mile (346.0/km2). There were 996 housing units at an average density of 390.6 per square mile (150.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.8% White, 0.8% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.

There were 915 households, of which 34.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.3% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.04.

The median age in the city was 39.6 years. 27% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.9% were from 25 to 44; 24.4% were from 45 to 64; and 18.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.0% male and 53.0% female.

Education

Union Community School District serves the municipality. The district was established on July 1, 1993 by the merger of the La Porte City Community School District and the Dysart-Geneseo Community School District.

Notable people

  • Fran Allison, old-time radio and early TV personality
  • Patrick Bedard, automotive journalist and driver in the 1983 & 1984 Indianapolis 500
  • Peg Mullen (1917–2009), anti-war activist and writer.
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