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Maquoketa, Iowa
City
Maquoketa Middle School
Maquoketa Middle School
Nickname(s): Timber City
Motto: One of a Kind
Location of Maquoketa, Iowa
Location of Maquoketa, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
Counties Jackson
Incorporated 1838
Area
 • Total 4.37 sq mi (11.32 km2)
 • Land 4.33 sq mi (11.21 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
Elevation 702 ft (214 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 6,141
 • Estimate (2012) 6,083
 • Density 1,418.2/sq mi (547.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 52060
Area code(s) 563
FIPS code 19-49215
GNIS feature ID 0458789

Maquoketa /ˌməˈkktə/ is a city in Jackson county in the U.S. state of Iowa. Located on the Maquoketa River, it is the county seat of Jackson County.

U.S. Route 61 adjoins the city, which therefore benefits from 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 the city.

The population was 6,141 at the 2010 census.

History

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.

Demographics

Historical populations
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%
Est. 2015 5,989 −2.0%
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.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 6,112 people, 2,614 households, and 1,599 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,773.3 people per square mile (684.0/km²). There were 2,797 housing units at an average density of 811.5 per square mile (313.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.10% White, 0.16% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.34% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.

There were 2,614 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.8% were non-families. 34.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.1% 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 2.90.

Age spread: 24.4% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 21.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 87.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,984, and the median income for a family was $36,705. Males had a median income of $25,819 versus $19,421 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,360. About 9.1% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.6% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.

Geography

Maquoketa is located at (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.

Attractions

Hurstville Lime Kilns
Hurstville Lime Kilns
  • Maquoketa Caves State Park
  • Hurstville Lime Kilns, north of Maquoketa
  • Jackson County Iowa Historical Society
  • Clinton Engines Museum
  • 61 Drive-in theater One of the few remaining outdoor theaters in the United States.
  • The town also holds host to a historic district containing many great examples of Victorian architecture.

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.

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