Wapello, Iowa

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Wapello is a city in Louisa County, Iowa, United States. The population was 2,124 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Louisa County[1]. It is pronounced whop-UH-low, and almost rhymes with Tupelo.

Wapello is part of the Muscatine Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Wapello is located at 41°10′47″N 91°11′18″W / 41.17972°N 91.18833°W / 41.17972; -91.18833 (41.179610, -91.188407)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²), of which, 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (3.85%) is water. Wapello is on the Iowa River.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,124 people, 836 households, and 572 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,688.3 people per square mile (650.9/km²). There were 893 housing units at an average density of 709.8/sq mi (273.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.28% White, 0.09% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 2.82% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.92% of the population.

There were 836 households out of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.4 males.

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