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Wapello, Iowa
Downtown Wapello
Downtown Wapello
Location of Wapello, Iowa
Location of Wapello, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Louisa
Area
 • Total 1.29 sq mi (3.35 km2)
 • Land 1.25 sq mi (3.24 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.11 km2)
Elevation
584 ft (178 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,084
 • Density 1,664.54/sq mi (642.46/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
52653
Area code(s) 319
FIPS code 19-82200
GNIS feature ID 0462662

Wapello is a city in and the county seat of Louisa County, Iowa, United States. The population was 2,084 at the time of the 2020 census.

Wapello is part of the Muscatine Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Wapello was platted in the late 1830s.

The city's namesake is Wapello, a Meskwaki chief.

Geography

Wapello is located at 41°10′47″N 91°11′18″W / 41.17972°N 91.18833°W / 41.17972; -91.18833 (41.179610, -91.188407).

Wapello, Iowa (9181534856)
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According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.34 square miles (3.47 km2), of which, 1.29 square miles (3.34 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water. Wapello is on the Iowa River.

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1850 336 —    
1860 821 +144.3%
1870 870 +6.0%
1880 928 +6.7%
1890 1,009 +8.7%
1900 1,398 +38.6%
1910 1,326 −5.2%
1920 1,480 +11.6%
1930 1,502 +1.5%
1940 1,603 +6.7%
1950 1,755 +9.5%
1960 1,745 −0.6%
1970 1,873 +7.3%
1980 2,011 +7.4%
1990 2,013 +0.1%
2000 2,124 +5.5%
2010 2,067 −2.7%
2020 2,084 +0.8%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,067 people, 825 households, and 544 families living in the city. The population density was 1,602.3 inhabitants per square mile (618.7/km2). There were 889 housing units at an average density of

689.1 per square mile (266.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.2% White, 0.5% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 3.4% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.2% of the population.

There were 825 households, of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.1% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.02.

The median age in the city was 40 years. 25.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.2% were from 25 to 44; 26% were from 45 to 64; and 17.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.1% male and 50.9% female. Zach Odle & Zach Grimm are both from Wapello.

Education

The Wapello Community School District operates area public schools.

Notable person

  • Edwin Richley Hicklin, United States federal judge
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