Pleasantville, Iowa

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Pleasantville is a city in Marion County, Iowa, United States. The population was 1,539 at the 2000 census.

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History

Pleasantville was surveyed and established as a town on August 1, 1849 on land then owned by William Wesley Jordan. Previous to the ownership of Mr. Jordan, the land comprising the original town plot of Pleasantville changed hands for one horse and $30.

A petition for incorporation was filed in District Court on June 11, 1872 with an election subsequently held in which there were 46 votes in favor and 16 votes against.

The completion of the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad Line through Pleasantville in 1879 caused an increase in development and Pleasantville became one of the active business centers in Marion County and the principal shipping point between Knoxville and Des Moines.

The earliest population figures available begin in 1900 with 738 residents.

The first school was built in the fall of 1847, and in 1868, the school district joined with the Masonic Lodge in building a three story brick building that remained a school facility until 1992. Today, the Pleasantville School district consists of three buildings, an elementary, a middle school, and a high school.

Movie

Pleasantville was released in the United States on October 23, 1998. As a promotional tie-in for this release an online competition gave entrants the chance to visit Pleasantville, Iowa.[1] The Chamber of Commerce website is also titled "The Real Pleasantville" in another nod to this connection.

Geography

Pleasantville is located at 41°23′16″N 93°16′07″W / 41.387772°N 93.268680°W / 41.387772; -93.268680 (41.387772, -93.268680).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.0 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,539 people, 615 households, and 394 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,322.4 people per square mile (512.3/km2). There were 662 housing units at an average density of 568.8/sq mi (220.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.38% White, 0.06% African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.06% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.49% of the population.

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