DeWitt, Iowa is a city in Clinton County, Iowa, United States. The population was 5,322 at the 2010 census, which represented a 5.2% increase over that of 2000, making it the fastest growing city in Clinton County.
The City of DeWitt is a full-service city providing basic public services. The City is governed by a 5 person council serving 4-year staggered terms and a Mayor serving 4-year terms.
A professional is appointed by the council to manage the different Departments which include Police, Fire, Finance and Administration, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Building and Inspections, Library, and Cemetery.
DeWitt, Iowa is a Home Base Town, Home Base Iowa connects veterans and transitioning service members with HBI partners and resources. DeWitt is part of Clinton County.
DeWitt is filled with history. It was platted in 1836. The city started under the name Vandenburg, but was later named after DeWitt Clinton (1769–1828), an early American politician who served as United States Senator and seventh Governor of New York.
Ralph Waldo Emerson gave a lyceum lecture at DeWitt in January 1866.
Economic Development is an important function of the City of DeWitt. City Economic Development efforts are carried out by the City in partnership with the DeWitt Chamber & Development Company (DCDC). The City also works closely with its regional government, East Central Intergovernmental Agency (ECIA) and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA).
As of the census 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.
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