Pocahontas, Iowa

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Pocahontas is a city in Pocahontas County, Iowa, United States. The population was 1,970 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Pocahontas County.[1]

This city was named after the Native American princess from Jamestown, Virginia. Other geographical names in the county related to the Jamestown Settlement are Rolfe, Powhatan Township, and Varina.[2]



Pocahontas is located at 42°44′4″N 94°40′23″W / 42.73444°N 94.67306°W / 42.73444; -94.67306 (42.734476, -94.673017).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.8 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,970 people, 883 households, and 549 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,059.8 people per square mile (408.9/km²). There were 946 housing units at an average density of 508.9/sq mi (196.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.68% White, 0.25% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.51% of the population.

There were 883 households out of which 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.8% were non-families. 36.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.79.

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