- Emmetsburg, Iowa
official_name = Emmetsburg, Iowa
mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location of Emmetsburg, Iowa
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Palo Alto
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 10.2
area_land_km2 = 9.8
area_water_km2 = 0.4
area_total_sq_mi = 3.9
area_land_sq_mi = 3.8
area_water_sq_mi = 0.2
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 3958
population_density_km2 = 404.2
population_density_sq_mi = 1046.9
timezone = Central (CST)
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
elevation_m = 377
elevation_ft = 1237
latd = 43 |latm = 6 |lats = 40 |latNS = N
longd = 94 |longm = 40 |longs = 55 |longEW = W
Emmetsburg is a city in Palo Alto County,
Iowa, United States. The population was 3,958 at the 2000 census. It is the county seatof Palo Alto CountyGR|6. Emmetsburg is home to a campus of Iowa Lakes Community College. Emmetsburg was named one of the top 100 places to live in the United States by Relocate-America.com's "America's Top 100 Places to Live for 2007."fact|date=August 2008 Emmetsburg is located around the southern bay of Five Island Lake. The community is served by KEMB-LP FM, a low power community radio station.fact|date=August 2008
Emmetsburg is located at coor dms|43|6|40|N|94|40|55|W|city (43.110996, -94.681921)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.9 square miles (10.2 km²), of which, 3.8 square miles (9.8 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (4.06%) is water.
Government and politics
Early mayors of Emmetsburg: M.L. Brown, E.J. Harthorn, Geo H. Carr, F. Joyce, J.C. Davies, A.L. Ormsby, Thos. Moncrief, B.E. Kelly, E.S. Ormsby, C.E. Cohoon, T.J. Prouty, J.S. Atkinson, L. Stuehmer, Thos. Shea. [http://www.rootsweb.com/~iapaloal/history.htm]
The current mayor is
John Schad. [ [http://www.emmetsburg.com/main/mayor.htm Welcome from Mayor] , Emmetsburg. Accessed 2008-08-11.]
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 3,958 people, 1,620 households, and 941 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 1,046.9 people per square mile (404.3/km²). There were 1,831 housing units at an average density of 484.3/sq mi (187.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.59% White, 0.08% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.83% of the population.
There were 1,620 households out of which 24.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.9% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.90.
In the city the population was spread out with 20.5% under the age of 18, 13.9% from 18 to 24, 21.6% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 22.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,520, and the median income for a family was $44,554. Males had a median income of $29,830 versus $20,800 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $17,599. About 6.9% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.0% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.
Emmetsburg was named after Irish nationalist
Robert Emmetcite web | title=A Small Town Struggles to Preserve Its Irish Heritage | url=http://www.celticcousins.net/paloalto/emmetstatue.htm | work=Irish America Magazine Sept/Oct. 1993] and is a Sister Cityto Dublin, Irelanddue to its rich Irish history. The town hosts many festivities the weekend of or following St. Patrick's Day, including a parade, and a member of the Irish government. The St Patrick's Day celebration is the largest celebration of the entire year.
*Bruce Nelson, former
National Football Leagueplayer
Curt Pringle, mayor of Anaheim, California
* [http://www.emmetsburg.com/main/index.htm Official City Website]
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