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Farmington is a city in Van Buren County, Iowa, United States. The population was 664 at the 2010 census.

Farmington, Iowa
City
Nickname(s): Farmtown
Motto(s): "Oldest Village in Van Buren County"[1]
Location of Farmington, Iowa
Location of Farmington, Iowa
Coordinates: 40°38′N 91°44′W / 40.633°N 91.733°W / 40.633; -91.733Coordinates: 40°38′N 91°44′W / 40.633°N 91.733°W / 40.633; -91.733
Country United States
State Iowa
CountyVan Buren
Area[2]
 • Total0.47 sq mi (1.22 km2)
 • Land0.47 sq mi (1.22 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation548 ft (167 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total664
 • Estimate (2016)[4]643
 • Density1,413/sq mi (545.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code52626
Area code(s)319
FIPS code19-26895
GNIS feature ID0456553
WebsiteFarmington, Iowa Website

Contents

HistoryEdit

Farmington was laid out in 1839.[5] It was named for Farmington, Connecticut.[6] The town was incorporated on January 11, 1841.[7]

Farmington has suffered from several major floods of the Des Moines River, most notably in 1993, when a "500-year-flood" caused major damage to the buildings near the river, including a one-block area bordered by Walnut, Second, and Third Streets. The houses in this block were subsequently razed, and the property was purchased by the City of Farmington to create "Wild Rose City Park."

GeographyEdit

Farmington is located at 40°38′N 91°44′W / 40.633°N 91.733°W / 40.633; -91.733 (40.6397, -91.7394),[8] on the left (east) bank of Des Moines River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.47 square miles (1.22 km2), all of it land.[2]

DemographicsEdit

YearPop.±%
1850585—    
1870640+9.4%
1880781+22.0%
18901,002+28.3%
19001,332+32.9%
19101,165−12.5%
19201,086−6.8%
19301,012−6.8%
1940968−4.3%
1950899−7.1%
1960902+0.3%
1970800−11.3%
1980869+8.6%
1990655−24.6%
2000756+15.4%
2010664−12.2%
2016641−3.5%
Source:"American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

2010 censusEdit

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 664 people, 299 households, and 170 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,412.8 inhabitants per square mile (545.5/km2). There were 337 housing units at an average density of 717.0 per square mile (276.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.7% White, 0.3% African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.6% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population.

There were 299 households of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.1% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.1% were non-families. 39.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.95.

The median age in the city was 41.6 years. 24.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.4% were from 25 to 44; 25.6% were from 45 to 64; and 21.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.2% male and 50.8% female.

2000 censusEdit

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 756 people, 330 households, and 192 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,602.4 people per square mile (621.0/km²). There were 356 housing units at an average density of 754.6 per square mile (292.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.94% White, 0.13% Asian, and 0.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.26% of the population.

There were 330 households out of which 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.8% were non-families. 38.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city, the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 21.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,354, and the median income for a family was $35,156. Males had a median income of $30,250 versus $21,406 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,591. About 10.1% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.2% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.

EducationEdit

It is within the Harmony Community School District.[11] In 2018 the Harmony district voted to merge with the Van Buren Community School District.[12]

Notable peopleEdit

  • Voltaire P. Twombly, (1842-1918), Iowan politician, businessman and Medal of Honor recipient for the American Civil War, was born in Farmington.[13]

Annual eventsEdit

The Farmington Strawberry Festival is always held annually on the second full weekend in June, and is sponsored by the Farmington Arts Council.[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Farmington, Iowa". Farmington, Iowa. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  5. ^ The History of Van Buren County, Iowa: Containing a History of the County, Its Cities, Towns, &c. Western Historical Company. 1878. p. 480.
  6. ^ "Profile for Farmington, Iowa, IA". ePodunk. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
  7. ^ "Farmington, Iowa". City-Data.com. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
  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". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  11. ^ "Harmony." Iowa Department of Education. Retrieved on June 20, 2018.
  12. ^ Niehaus, Michaele (2018-02-06). "Van Buren, Harmony to merge". The Hawk Eye. Retrieved 2018-06-20.
  13. ^ "Voltare Paine Twombly". Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2014.
  14. ^ "Farmington, Iowa". Farmington, Iowa. Archived from the original on June 20, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2012.

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