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Mitchellville, Iowa
Location of Mitchellville, Iowa
Location of Mitchellville, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
Counties Polk, Jasper
Area
 • Total 2.53 sq mi (6.55 km2)
 • Land 2.52 sq mi (6.53 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
974 ft (297 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,485
 • Density 985.33/sq mi (380.37/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50169
Area code(s) 515
FIPS code 19-52950
GNIS feature ID 0459156

Mitchellville is a city located in Polk and Jasper counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 2,485 at the time of the 2020 census.

Mitchellville is part of the Des MoinesWest Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The Iowa Correctional Institution for Women is located in Mitchellville.

History

Mitchellville was founded by Thomas Mitchell (1816-1894) in 1856 and it incorporated as a city on September 30, 1875. Mitchell's farm was later purchased by Polk County, becoming Thomas Mitchell Park. Mitchell was the first white settler in Polk County, Iowa.

Geography

Mitchellville is located at 41°40′2″N 93°21′37″W / 41.66722°N 93.36028°W / 41.66722; -93.36028 (41.667115, -93.360152).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.34 square miles (6.06 km2), of which, 2.33 square miles (6.03 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1880 745 —    
1890 704 −5.5%
1900 768 +9.1%
1910 869 +13.2%
1920 752 −13.5%
1930 702 −6.6%
1940 769 +9.5%
1950 906 +17.8%
1960 957 +5.6%
1970 1,341 +40.1%
1980 1,530 +14.1%
1990 1,670 +9.2%
2000 1,715 +2.7%
2010 2,254 +31.4%
2020 2,485 +10.2%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census
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Mitchellville Library

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,254 people, 651 households, and 430 families living in the city. The population density was 967.4 inhabitants per square mile (373.5/km2). There were 693 housing units at an average density of 297.4 per square mile (114.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.7% White, 5.8% African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.4% of the population.

There were 651 households, of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.9% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.12.

The median age in the city was 37.2 years. 20.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 35.2% were from 25 to 44; 25.3% were from 45 to 64; and 10.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 36.5% male and 63.5% female.

The 2010 census includes the prisoners of the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women, whereas the 2000 census did not. This accounts for the drastic change in male/female ratio between 2000 and 2010.

Education

Colfax–Mingo Community School District operates area public schools serving the Jasper County section. The Colfax and Mingo school districts consolidated on July 1, 1985.

Notable people

  • Clair Cameron Patterson (1922–1995), geochemist who determined the age of the Earth and discovered significant lead contamination from industry
  • J. J. Stiffler (1934–2019), electrical engineer and computer scientist
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