Van Wert, Iowa

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Van Wert is a city in Decatur County, Iowa, United States. The population was 231 at the 2000 census.



Van Wert is located at 40°52′12″N 93°47′36″W / 40.87°N 93.79333°W / 40.87; -93.79333 (40.870070, -93.793457)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²), all of it land.


Van Wert used to be a railroad junction town. The Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad's Keokuk and Western line from Centerville to Clarinda intersected a CB&Q line from Osceola to Cainsville, Missouri. Neither line was profitable and all rail service ended in 1946, however, the old railroad grade can still be seen over 60 years later.[citation needed]


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 231 people, 103 households, and 64 families residing in the city. The population density was 697.6 people per square mile (270.3/km²). There were 120 housing units at an average density of 362.4/sq mi (140.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.13% White, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.87% of the population.

There were 103 households out of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.1% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 26.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 104.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,375, and the median income for a family was $44,375. Males had a median income of $26,000 versus $18,194 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,564. About 4.2% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen and 17.2% of those sixty five or over.

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