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Pocahontas, Iowa
Pocahontas County Courthouse
Nickname(s): 
The Princess City
Location of Pocahontas, Iowa
Location of Pocahontas, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Pocahontas
Incorporated May 16, 1892
Area
 • Total 1.98 sq mi (5.12 km2)
 • Land 1.98 sq mi (5.12 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,220 ft (372 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,867
 • Density 944.84/sq mi (364.81/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50574
Area code(s) 712
FIPS code 19-63975
GNIS feature ID 0460342

Pocahontas is a city in and the county seat of Pocahontas County, Iowa, United States. The population was 1,867 in the 2020 census, a decline from the 1,970 population in 2000.

History

This city was named after the Native American princess from Jamestown, Virginia. Other geographical names in the county related to the colony at Jamestown are Rolfe, Powhatan Township and Varina.

Pocahontas was incorporated as a city on May 16, 1892.

April 9, 2011 Tornado

During the April 2011 Iowa-Wisconsin tornado outbreak, several tornadoes hit Pocahontas County and the surrounding area. No one was injured and there were no fatalities. The largest was an EF4 and touched-down West of town.

Geography

Pocahontas's longitude and latitude coordinates in decimal form are 42.734476, -94.673017.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.02 square miles (5.23 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 37
1900 625
1910 987 57.9%
1920 1,302 31.9%
1930 1,308 0.5%
1940 1,730 32.3%
1950 1,949 12.7%
1960 2,011 3.2%
1970 2,338 16.3%
1980 2,352 0.6%
1990 2,085 −11.4%
2000 1,970 −5.5%
2010 1,789 −9.2%
2020 1,867 4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,789 people, 852 households, and 493 families residing in the city. The population density was 885.6 inhabitants per square mile (341.9/km2). There were 953 housing units at an average density of 471.8 per square mile (182.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.3% White, 0.3% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.

There were 852 households, of which 21.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.0% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.1% were non-families. 39.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 22.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.04 and the average family size was 2.70.

The median age in the city was 51.1 years. 19.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16.6% were from 25 to 44; 29.5% were from 45 to 64; and 29.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.6% male and 53.4% female.

Education

Pocahontas Area Community School District operates public schools.

Infrastructure

Transportation

In 1900, a railroad came to Pocahontas. Air transportation for the town is provided by Pocahontas Municipal Airport (FAA Identifier POH), located approximately one mile northeast of the city. The airport has two runways, the first is designated 11/29, with a concrete surface 4100 x 60 ft (1250 x 18 m) and runway edge lights, the second is designated 18/36 with a turf surface 1998 x 135 ft (609 x 41 m) and is unlighted.

Notable people

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