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De Witt is a city in Clinton County, Iowa, United States. The population was 5,322 at the 2010 census, which is a 5.2% increase from the 2000 census, making it the fastest growing city in Clinton County.

De Witt, Iowa
Aerial view of De Witt
Aerial view of De Witt
Location of De Witt, Iowa
Location of De Witt, Iowa
Coordinates: 41°49′22″N 90°32′34″W / 41.82278°N 90.54278°W / 41.82278; -90.54278Coordinates: 41°49′22″N 90°32′34″W / 41.82278°N 90.54278°W / 41.82278; -90.54278
Country United States
State Iowa
 • Total5.98 sq mi (15.49 km2)
 • Land5.98 sq mi (15.49 km2)
 • Water00 sq mi (0 km2)
709 ft (216 m)
 • Total5,322
 • Estimate 
 • Density890/sq mi (343.6/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)563
FIPS code19-21180
GNIS feature ID0455826



Buildings along Sixth Avenue

De Witt was platted in 1841.[4] The city started under the name Vandenburg, but was later[5] named after DeWitt Clinton (1769–1828), an early American politician who served as United States Senator and 7th Governor of New York.[6]

Ralph Waldo Emerson gave a lyceum lecture at De Witt in January 1866.[7]


De Witt is located at 41°49′22″N 90°32′34″W / 41.82278°N 90.54278°W / 41.82278; -90.54278 (41.822684, -90.542643).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.98 square miles (15.49 km2), all of it land.[1]


Census Pop.
Est. 20165,233[3]−1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

2010 censusEdit

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 5,322 people, 2,208 households, and 1,415 families residing in the city. The population density was 890.0 inhabitants per square mile (343.6/km2). There were 2,306 housing units at an average density of 385.6 per square mile (148.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.1% White, 0.8% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9% of the population.

There were 2,208 households of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.9% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.99.

The median age in the city was 39.7 years. 25.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.1% were from 25 to 44; 26% were from 45 to 64; and 17.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.4% male and 52.6% female.

The median income for a household in the city was $44,720, and the median income for a family was $54,063. Males had a median income of $37,951 versus $25,457 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,717. About 2.8% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.


De Witt is governed by a mayor and five-member council. The mayor is Don Thiltgen[10], and the city council is currently composed of Luanne Smith (First Ward), Steve Hasenmiller (Second Ward), Verlyn Scheckel Dawn Marcus (At-Large), (At-Large) and Kurt Ketelsen (At-Large).[11]


De Witt is served by the Union Pacific along the south side. Until 1971 The Milwaukee Road entered DeWitt from the north and ran along 12th Street before crossing the tracks of the former Chicago & Northwestern south into Scott County. The tracks between DeWitt and Eldridge Junction were abandoned 1931.[12] The Milwaukee Road rail between Maquoketa and De Witt was abandoned by 1970. What was the Chicago & Northwestern's Depot was destroyed by fire around 1969 and never rebuilt. The Depot for the Milwaukee Road's Depot was at the northeast corner of 7th and 12th streets. It was converted into commercial use.

Area HighwaysEdit

De Witt is served by U.S. Highways 30 & 61. At one time the highways met at the northwest corner of the City Park to the north of the city center business district. By 1980 both highways were moved to new alignments around the south and west sides of De Witt. This was first suggested in a plan from the early 1960s.


DeWitt is home to the Central DeWitt Community School District. In addition to DeWitt, the nearby cities of Grand Mound, Low Moor, and Welton are also a part the school district.[13] It was previously known as the Central Clinton Community School District until July 1, 2014.[14]

St. Joseph Catholic Church operates a K-8 school. The Junior and High School portions was closed in the 1960s. The mascot for St. Joseph School is the Eagle.

Frances Banta Waggoner Community Library is the local community library.[15]


The DeWitt Observer serves as DeWitt's primary local newspaper. In addition to DeWitt, The Observer also serves much of rural eastern Clinton County.[16]

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. ^ Wolfe, Patrick B. (1911). Wolfe's History of Clinton County, Iowa, Volume 1. B. F. Bowen. p. 311.
  5. ^ Pratt, LeRoy. "The Counties and Courthouses of Iowa". Clinton County IaGenWeb. IAGenWeb. Archived from the original on 9 September 2004. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  6. ^ Chicago and North Western Railway Company (1908). A History of the Origin of the Place Names Connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railways. p. 64.
  7. ^ Tom F. Wright (2013). The Cosmopolitan Lyceum: Lecture Culture and the Globe in Nineteenth-Century America. University of Massachusetts Press. p. 7.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^
  11. ^ City of DeWitt Elected Officials Archived 2008-05-13 at the Wayback Machine, 2008, accessed 2008-12-22.
  12. ^
  13. ^ Central Community School District Home Page
  14. ^ "REORGANIZATION & DISSOLUTION ACTIONS SINCE 1965-66." Iowa Department of Education. Retrieved on July 20, 2018.
  15. ^ Home. Frances Banta Waggoner Community Library. Retrieved on November 9, 2018.
  16. ^ The DeWitt Observer

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