Emmetsburg, Iowa

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Emmetsburg is a city in Palo Alto County, Iowa, United States. The population was 3,958 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Palo Alto County[1]. 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."[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]



Emmetsburg is located at 43°6′40″N 94°40′55″W / 43.11111°N 94.68194°W / 43.11111; -94.68194 (43.110996, -94.681921)[2].

The city lies just to the east of the Des Moines River. In 2010 the town was the subject of a Depression-era online novel "Emmetsburg" at livingfictionproject.blogspot.com, by W.C. Turck.

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.[1]

The current mayor is John Schad.[3]


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 3,958 people, 1,620 households, and 941 families residing in the city. The population density was 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.

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