Rock Rapids, Iowa

Rock Rapids is a city in Lyon County, Iowa, United States. It is the county seat of Lyon County.[4] The population was 2,549 in the 2010 census, a decline from 2,573 in the 2000 census.[5][6]

Rock Rapids, Iowa
Motto(s): 
"Our River Flowing, Our Community Growing"
Location within Lyon County and Iowa
Location within Lyon County and Iowa
Coordinates: 43°25′41″N 96°10′7″W / 43.42806°N 96.16861°W / 43.42806; -96.16861Coordinates: 43°25′41″N 96°10′7″W / 43.42806°N 96.16861°W / 43.42806; -96.16861
CountryUnited States
StateIowa
CountyLyon
Area
 • Total4.25 sq mi (11.00 km2)
 • Land4.24 sq mi (10.98 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation
1,388 ft (423 m)
Population
 • Total2,549
 • Estimate 
(2019)[3]
2,522
 • Density594.81/sq mi (229.68/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
51246
Area code(s)712
FIPS code19-68160
GNIS feature ID0460743
Websiterockrapids.com

HistoryEdit

A post office called Rock Rapids has been in operation since 1871.[7] The city was named from the falls on the Rock River.[8]

GeographyEdit

Rock Rapids is located at 43°25′41″N 96°10′7″W / 43.42806°N 96.16861°W / 43.42806; -96.16861 (43.427933, -96.168640),[9] along the Rock River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.96 square miles (10.26 km2), all land.[10]

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
18901,394
19001,76626.7%
19102,00513.5%
19202,1728.3%
19302,2212.3%
19402,55615.1%
19502,6403.3%
19602,7805.3%
19702,632−5.3%
19802,6932.3%
19902,601−3.4%
20002,573−1.1%
20102,549−0.9%
Est. 20192,522[3]−1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

2010 censusEdit

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 2,549 people, 1,083 households, and 689 families living in the city. The population density was 643.7 inhabitants per square mile (248.5/km2). There were 1,207 housing units at an average density of 304.8 per square mile (117.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.2% White, 0.2% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.

There were 1,083 households, of which 28.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.2% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.4% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the city was 42.1 years. 24.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23% were from 25 to 44; 24.6% were from 45 to 64; and 21.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.1% male and 52.9% female.

2000 censusEdit

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 2,573 people, 1,085 households, and 720 families living in the city. The population density was 650.2 people per square mile (250.9/km2). There were 1,160 housing units at an average density of 293.1 per square mile (113.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.14% White, 0.16% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.04% from other races, and 0.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.23% of the population.

There were 1,085 households, out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.7% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.86.

23.5% are under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 22.5% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 26.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,135, and the median income for a family was $47,688. Males had a median income of $30,691 versus $19,425 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,035. About 3.4% of families and 7.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.0% of those under age 18 and 12.5% of those age 65 or over.

EducationEdit

Rock Rapids is served by the Central Lyon Community School District. The town of Doon is also included in this school district.[13]

Parks and recreationEdit

One of the highlights of Rock Rapids is Island Park, so named because part of the park is completely surrounded by the Rock River. Island Park features a Rock Island railroad trestle that has been resurfaced as part of a new recreation trail and a museum in the nearby retired depot. There are two small dams in the park, and one can drive across the river via a small bridge.

Another notable park is Emma Sater Park, which is home to the Melan Bridge.

Mural SocietyEdit

The Rock Rapids Mural Society was formed in 2002 to restore its historic past in artistic form.[14]

Notable peopleEdit

  • Bruce B. Brugmann, editor and publisher of the San Francisco Bay Guardian (a progressive newspaper), grew up in Rock Rapids and graduated from Central Lyon High School.
  • Jerry Mathers, Leave It to Beaver star, resided in Rock Rapids as a youngster prior to achieving fame as a child actor.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 17, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  5. ^ "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved 2011-06-18.[dead link]
  6. ^ "Data from the 2010 Census". State Data Center of Iowa. Retrieved 2011-06-18.
  7. ^ "Lyon County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  8. ^ 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. 162.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-05-11.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  13. ^ "CENTRAL LYON" (PDF). Iowa Department of Education. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  14. ^ "Mural Society". Rock Rapids. 2018-08-21. Retrieved 2019-10-11.

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