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Norwalk, Iowa
Location of Norwalk, Iowa
Location of Norwalk, Iowa
Coordinates: 41°29′0″N 93°40′43″W / 41.48333°N 93.67861°W / 41.48333; -93.67861Coordinates: 41°29′0″N 93°40′43″W / 41.48333°N 93.67861°W / 41.48333; -93.67861
Country  United States
State  Iowa
Counties Polk, Warren
Area
 • Total 11.91 sq mi (30.84 km2)
 • Land 11.55 sq mi (29.92 km2)
 • Water 0.35 sq mi (0.92 km2)
Elevation
945 ft (288 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 12,799
 • Density 1,074.9/sq mi (415.01/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50211
Area code(s) 515 Exchange: 981
FIPS code 19-57675
GNIS feature ID 0459658

Norwalk is a city in Warren County, with some small portions extending into Polk County, in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 12,799 at the time of the 2020 census. The city is part of the Des MoinesWest Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area and is located just south of the Des Moines International Airport.

History

It is named after Norwalk, Ohio.

Geography

Norwalk's longitude and latitude coordinates in decimal form are 41.483403, -93.678515.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.09 square miles (28.72 km2), of which, 10.74 square miles (27.82 km2) is land and 0.35 square miles (0.91 km2) is water.

Norwalk holds the unofficial record for the largest amount of rainfall in a 24-hour period for any town in Iowa, with more than 9 inches falling June 9–10, 2011.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1900 287 —    
1910 315 +9.8%
1920 331 +5.1%
1930 336 +1.5%
1940 377 +12.2%
1950 435 +15.4%
1960 1,328 +205.3%
1970 1,745 +31.4%
1980 2,676 +53.4%
1990 5,726 +114.0%
2000 6,884 +20.2%
2010 8,945 +29.9%
2020 12,799 +43.1%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 8,945 people, 3,261 households, and 2,472 families living in the city. The population density was 832.9 inhabitants per square mile (321.6/km2). There were 3,450 housing units at an average density of 321.2 per square mile (124.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.9% White, 0.5% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.

There were 3,261 households, of which 43.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.1% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 24.2% were non-families. 20.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.13.

The median age in the city was 34.3 years. 30.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.6% were from 25 to 44; 24.6% were from 45 to 64; and 8.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.

Trivia

The Minneapolis-based band We Are the Willows has a song on their first full-length album, A Collection Of Sounds And Something Like The Plague, titled "Norwalk, Iowa".

Education

Local public schools in Norwalk are part of the Norwalk Community School District.

Notable people

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