Belle Plaine, Iowa

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Belle Plaine is a city in Benton County, Iowa, United States. The population was 2,878 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Belle Plaine is located on both the historic Lincoln Highway and the cross country tracks of the Union Pacific Railroad. The Belle Plaine area was hard hit by the February 24, 2007 ice storm with power outages.



Belle Plaine is located at 41°53′48″N 92°16′39″W / 41.89667°N 92.2775°W / 41.89667; -92.2775 (41.896639, -92.277496).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.4 km²), of which, 3.2 square miles (8.4 km²) of it is land and 0.31% is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,878 people, 1,212 households, and 749 families residing in the city. The population density was 890.6 people per square mile (344.0/km²). There were 1,318 housing units at an average density of 407.9/sq mi (157.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.92% White, 0.07% African American, 0.03% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.07% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.66% of the population.

There were 1,212 households out of which 29.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.2% were non-families. 33.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.97.

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