Onawa, Iowa

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Onawa is a city in Monona County, Iowa, United States. The population was 3,091 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Monona County[1]. It is the largest town on the Iowa side of the Missouri River between Council Bluffs and Sioux City.

The city's main claim to fame is that it has the widest main street in the United States - about 75 feet (23 m) wide.



Onawa is located at 42°1′39″N 96°5′47″W / 42.0275°N 96.09639°W / 42.0275; -96.09639 (42.027490, -96.096513)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.9 square miles (12.7 km²), all of it land.

Onawa is located in the Loess Hills region of western Iowa, a unique geological and environmental area. Nearby are such natural areas as Lewis & Clark State Park, Preparation Canyon State Park and the Loess Hills State Forest.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 3,091 people, 1,329 households, and 796 families residing in the city. The population density was 629.1 people per square mile (243.1/km²). There were 1,452 housing units at an average density of 295.5/sq mi (114.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city is 97.86% White, 0.03% African American, 1.16% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.03% from other races, and 0.68% from two or more races. 1.07% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,329 households out of which 25.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.1% were non-families. 35.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.89.

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