Rock Rapids, Iowa

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Rock Rapids is a city in Lyon County in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Iowa, an area known for its strong Dutch heritage and conservative politics. It is the county seat of Lyon County[1] and home to Central Lyon Schools. The population was 2,573 at the 2000 census. One of the highlights of Rock Rapids is Island Park, so named because part of the park is completely surrounded by the Rock River. Island Park features a Rock Island railroad trestle that has been resurfaced as part of a new recreation trail and a museum in the nearby retired depot. There are two small dams in the park, and one can drive across the river via a small bridge.



Rock Rapids is located at 43°25′41″N 96°10′7″W / 43.42806°N 96.16861°W / 43.42806; -96.16861 (43.427933, -96.168640)[2], along the Rock River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,573 people, 1,085 households, and 720 families residing in the city. The population density was 650.2 people per square mile (250.9/km²). There were 1,160 housing units at an average density of 293.1/sq mi (113.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.14% White, 0.16% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.04% from other races, and 0.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.23% of the population.

There were 1,085 households out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.7% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.86.

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