Sigourney, Iowa

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Sigourney (pronounced "SIGG-ur-nee") is a city in Keokuk County, Iowa, United States. The population was 2,209 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Keokuk County.[1]

The Sigourney Community School district encompasses nearly a 70-square-mile (180 km2) radius, drawing students from smaller surrounding communities. Approximately 700 students are enrolled yearly, with an average of 350 attending elementary (K-6) and 350 students attending junior/senior high (7-12). The average graduating class is 50 students with 80% moving on to college. The school system's mascot is the Sigourney Savage.

Sigourney is represented by Rep. Leonard Boswell in the United States House of Representatives.

Keokuk County was opened for white settlement in 1843, and the town got its start in 1844 when S.A. James built the first cabin there. Other families began to settle there as well, and in 1844, the town was named by county commissioner Dr. George H. Stone in honor of popular poet Lydia Sigourney. A large oil-painted portrait of Lydia still graces the foyer of the county courthouse.[2]



Sigourney is located at 41°20′0″N 92°12′12″W / 41.333333°N 92.20333°W / 41.333333; -92.20333 (41.333244, -92.203220)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,209 people, 903 households, and 567 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,016.3 people per square mile (393.0/km²). There were 992 housing units at an average density of 456.4/sq mi (176.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.09% White, 0.14% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 0.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.54% of the population.

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