West Union, Iowa

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West Union is a city in Fayette County, Iowa, United States. The population was 2,549 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Fayette County[1]. Originally called Knob Prairie, it was founded by William Wells, naming it for his hometown, also called West Union, in Ohio.



West Union is located at 42°57′43″N 91°48′36″W / 42.96194°N 91.81°W / 42.96194; -91.81 (42.962035, -91.810055)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km²), all of it land.

The city lies at the junction of U.S. Route 18 with Iowa Highways 56 and 150.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,549 people, 1,107 households, and 660 families residing in the city. The population density was 947.8 people per square mile (365.9/km²). There were 1,198 housing units at an average density of 445.4/sq mi (172.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.41% White, 0.24% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.71% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.37% of the population.

There were 1,107 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.9% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.3% were non-families. 36.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 22.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.6 males.

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