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Lansing, Iowa
BlackHawkBridge1.jpg
Motto(s): 
Where eagles soar
Location of Lansing, Iowa
Location of Lansing, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Allamakee
Township Lansing
Area
 • Total 1.18 sq mi (3.06 km2)
 • Land 1.08 sq mi (2.79 km2)
 • Water 0.10 sq mi (0.27 km2)
Elevation
676 ft (206 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 968
 • Density 819.3/sq mi (316.34/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
52151
Area code(s) 563
FIPS code 19-43275
GNIS feature ID 0458225

Lansing is a city in Lansing Township, Allamakee County, Iowa, United States. The population was 968 at the time of the 2020 census.

History

Lansing, Iowa (1913)
Main Street in Lansing, 1913

Lansing was platted about 1851. The city was so named because the first settler was a native of Lansing, Michigan.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.18 square miles (3.06 km2), of which, 1.08 square miles (2.80 km2) is land and 0.10 square miles (0.26 km2) is water.

Mount Hosmer is located on the north end of Lansing.

Demographics

Lansing IA April 14 2001
Aerial view looking north, April 14, 2001, with Mississippi River at floodstage; the Black Hawk Bridge is visible; Big Lake is immediately north
Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1870 1,755 —    
1880 1,811 +3.2%
1890 1,668 −7.9%
1900 1,438 −13.8%
1910 1,542 +7.2%
1920 1,447 −6.2%
1930 1,321 −8.7%
1940 1,388 +5.1%
1950 1,536 +10.7%
1960 1,325 −13.7%
1970 1,227 −7.4%
1980 1,181 −3.7%
1990 1,007 −14.7%
2000 1,012 +0.5%
2010 999 −1.3%
2020 968 −3.1%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 999 people, 451 households, and 257 families living in the city. The population density was 925.0 inhabitants per square mile (357.1/km2). There were 598 housing units at an average density of 553.7 per square mile (213.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.8% White, 0.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 0.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.6% of the population.

There were 451 households, of which 22.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.5% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.0% were non-families. 37.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.74.

The median age in the city was 50.9 years. 17.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.4% were from 25 to 44; 30.8% were from 45 to 64; and 27% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.5% male and 50.5% female.

Transportation

Lansing, Iowa (2013)
Lansing across the Mississippi River

Lansing is served by Iowa Highway 9, which terminates on the Black Hawk Bridge leading to Wisconsin.

Mississippi River

Lansing is a river town, right on the main channel of the Mississippi River, and consequently has a resort-like feel from the seasonal recreational boaters.

Attractions

  • Old Stone School – Built in 1864
  • Commercial Fishing Museum – Displays Lansing's history as a fishing town including commercial fishing, the pearl button industry, and ice harvesting.
  • Blackhawk Bridge – Built in 1931
  • Mount Hosmer – Named after artist Harriet Hosmer after she climbed to the peak on a visit in 1851. Visitors can drive to the top where they can enjoy beautiful views of the Mississippi River and three states (Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin)
  • Mississippi Explorer – Enjoy a scenic guided boat ride on the Mississippi River
  • Allamakee County Historical Society Museum
  • Fish Farm Mounds
  • Lansing Fish Days
  • Village Creek Bible Camp

Education

The Eastern Allamakee Community School District operates local public schools.

  • New Albin Elementary School
  • Lansing Middle School
  • Kee High School

Notable people

  • James Isham Gilbert - Union general during Civil War; settled in Iowa in 1851 where he helped found the town of Lansing.
  • Edwin G. Krebs - co-recipient of 1992 Nobel Prize in Medicine.
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