Westfield, Iowa

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Westfield is a city in Plymouth County, Iowa, United States. The population was 189 at the 2000 census. It is the westernmost point in Iowa, this being due to a bend in the Big Sioux River.[1] A sign on the highway says "In Iowa, West Is The Best". The nearby Broken Kettle wildlife refuge is one of the few places in Iowa where rattlesnakes are commonly found.

Westfield is the purported home town of the central character, Jack Smurch, in James Thurber's 1931 short story "The Greatest Man in the World." In the story, the fictional Smurch flies a second-hand, single-motored monoplane in July 1937 all the way around the world, without stopping.


Westfield is located at 42°45′21″N 96°36′15″W / 42.75583°N 96.60417°W / 42.75583; -96.60417 (42.755884, -96.604050)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 189 people, 74 households, and 54 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,438.3 people per square mile (561.3/km²). There were 85 housing units at an average density of 646.9/sq mi (252.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.42% White, 3.70% Native American, 1.06% Asian, 0.53% from other races, and 5.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.12% of the population.

There were 74 households out of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.7% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 110.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,929, and the median income for a family was $35,833. Males had a median income of $29,000 versus $17,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,211. About 3.8% of families and 3.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.7% of those under the age of eighteen and none of those sixty five or over.

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