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Maquoketa, Iowa
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Location of Maquoketa, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
Counties Jackson
Incorporated January 27, 1857
 • Total 4.54 sq mi (11.76 km2)
 • Land 4.52 sq mi (11.70 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
702 ft (214 m)
 • Total 6,128
 • Density 1,356.65/sq mi (523.78/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 563
FIPS code 19-49215
GNIS feature ID 0458789

Maquoketa is a city in Jackson County, Iowa, United States. Located on the Maquoketa River, it is the county seat of Jackson County.

U.S. Route 61 adjoins the city, which therefore hosts traffic between Dubuque and the Quad Cities. Iowa Highways 62 and 64 also pass through the city. Maquoketa Caves State Park is located a few miles northwest of Maquoketa.

The population was 6,128 at the time of the 2020 census.


Maquoketa was originally called Springfield, and under the latter name was laid out in 1838. The present name, after the Maquoketa River, was adopted in 1844.

The Davenport and St. Paul Railroad was extended to Maquoketa in 1870 prompting growth. The county seat was transferred from Andrew to Maquoketa in 1873.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 168
1860 1,090 548.8%
1870 1,756 61.1%
1880 2,467 40.5%
1890 3,077 24.7%
1900 3,777 22.7%
1910 3,570 −5.5%
1920 3,626 1.6%
1930 3,595 −0.9%
1940 4,076 13.4%
1950 4,307 5.7%
1960 5,909 37.2%
1970 5,677 −3.9%
1980 6,313 11.2%
1990 6,130 −2.9%
2000 6,112 −0.3%
2010 6,141 0.5%
2020 6,128 −0.2%
Iowa Data Center

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 6,141 people, 2,655 households, and 1,612 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,418.2 inhabitants per square mile (547.6/km2). There were 2,856 housing units at an average density of 659.6 per square mile (254.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.0% White, 0.7% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 1.3% Pacific Islander, 0.6% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.

There were 2,655 households, of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.7% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.3% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.88.

The median age in the city was 41 years. 24.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.5% were from 25 to 44; 25.7% were from 45 to 64; and 19.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.2% male and 52.8% female.


Maquoketa is located at 42°4′1″N 90°39′58″W / 42.06694°N 90.66611°W / 42.06694; -90.66611 (42.066901, −90.666238), primarily in Jackson County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.37 square miles (11.32 km2), of which, 4.33 square miles (11.21 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.


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Despite its size, the town also attracts many Presidential candidates. 2008 Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama visited the town twice during his campaign and again while President on August 16, 2011. The Old City Hall Gallery displays the oil paintings of International-known Maquoketa artist Rose Frantzen, whose exhibit "Portrait of Maquoketa", the oil paintings of 180 residents of Maquoketa, was once on display at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.


Public schools

The Maquoketa Community School District, in partnership with the community, oversees the public school system of education for the city of Maquoketa and the surrounding area.

The Maquoketa High School, home of the Cardinals, has enrollment of approximately 620 students, grades 9 through 12, with a staff of over 50 educators and administrators.

The Maquoketa Middle School is the oldest school building in Maquoketa due to it being built in 1922 after the previous structure burned down, formally a home to a junior high, high school and junior college. The school has approximately 375 students, grades 6 through 8, with a staff of over 60 educators and administrators.

Briggs Elementary School, built in 1954, is named after Ansel Briggs, the first Governor of Iowa, who was an early settler in Jackson County. The school has approximately 300 students, grades 3 through 5, with a staff of 35 educators and administrators.

Cardinal Elementary School, built in 1974, started as a school for grades 1 through 6. Gradual changes were made to the building and the grade levels taught. The decision to teach only kindergarten through 2nd grade was implemented at Cardinal in May 2002. The school has a staff of 37 educators and administrators.


Sacred Heart Elementary School is a Catholic school teaching preschool through the sixth grade. The current school enrollment (see references) has 132 students and 20 staff.


The Little Shepherd Preschool operates in the lower levels of the First Lutheran Church of Maquoketa.

Sunshine Preschool and Daycare is a nonprofit organization started in 1973. All children age 6 months up to 12 years of age including those with disabilities are accepted. Currently (see references) there are 145 children with 30 staff.


Clinton Community College added a Maquoketa campus right next to the Maquoketa High School. The 11,000 square foot facility opened in 2009 and offers associate degrees and non-credit training. They also offer classes to high school students to supplement their high school education.

Notable people

Sage Rosenfels
  • Norris Brown, Senator from Nebraska
  • Craig Callahan, professional basketball player
  • James H. Cartwright, Illinois Supreme Court justice
  • Betty Francis, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player
  • Herbert E. Hitchcock, Senator from South Dakota
  • Charles Wycliffe Joiner, US federal judge
  • Matthew Luckiesh, physicist
  • Junius Ralph Magee, former Methodist bishop
  • Eben Martin, former US Representative
  • Robert A. Millikan, Nobel Prize laureate
  • Joseph Otting, Businessman and 31st Comptroller of the Currency
  • Sage Rosenfels, former quarterback in the NFL
  • George Homer Ryan, former Governor of Illinois
  • William Welch, originated the printing of high school diplomas

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