Washington, Iowa

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Washington is a city in and the county seat of Washington County, Iowa, United States.[1] It is part of the Iowa City, Iowa Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 7,047 at the 2000 census.



Washington was the location of the first county hospital built west of the Mississippi River. Founded in 1912 in a basement and originally named Washington County Hospital, it is now named Washington County Hospitals & Clinics (WCHC) as of 1998. The original 3 story building was torn down in the summer of 2006 to build a new hospital, despite some local objections.[citation needed]


Washington is located at 41°18′0″N 91°41′21″W / 41.3°N 91.68917°W / 41.3; -91.68917 (41.299941, -91.689175)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.6 km² (4.8 sq mi), all land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 7,047 people, 2,928 households, and 1,903 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,454.3 people per square mile (561.0/km²). There were 3,132 housing units at an average density of 646.3/sq mi (249.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.20% White, 0.57% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.72% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.71% of the population.

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