Denison, Iowa

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Denison is a city in Crawford County
Crawford County, Iowa
-2010 census:The 2010 census recorded a population of 17,096 in the county, with a population density of . There were 6,943 housing units, of which 6,413 were occupied.-2000 census:...

, Iowa, United States, along the Boyer River
Boyer River
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. The population was 7,339 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat
County seat
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 of Crawford County
Crawford County, Iowa
-2010 census:The 2010 census recorded a population of 17,096 in the county, with a population density of . There were 6,943 housing units, of which 6,413 were occupied.-2000 census:...



Denison is located at 42°1′2"N 95°21′4"W (42.017187, −95.351124).

According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
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, the city has a total area of 6.2 square miles (16.1 km²), of which, 6.2 square miles (16.1 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square mile (0.1035995244 km²) of it (0.48%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 7,339 people, 2,674 households, and 1,756 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,185.5 people per square mile (457.8/km²). There were 2,837 housing units at an average density of 458.3 per square mile (177.0/km²). The racial makeup as reported by the Census was 86.92% White, 1.59% African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.82% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 9.02% from other races
Race (United States Census)
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, and 1.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.36% of the population.

Racial diversity in Dension has been increasing since the mid-1980s. According to a New York Times article, in 2005, 20% of highschool age children identify as a racial minority compared to approximately 50% of kindergarteners.

There were 2,674 households out of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.3% were non-families. 28.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 11.2% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,187, and the median income for a family was $41,362. Males had a median income of $30,145 versus $20,538 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,391. About 6.1% of families and 12.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.7% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.

The book on Denison

Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
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-winning author Dale Maharidge
Dale Maharidge
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 depicts a changing Denison in the early twenty-first century in his book DENISON, IOWA: Searching for the Soul of America Through the Secrets of a Midwest Town. This book features photographs by Maharidge's partner and fellow Pulitzer-winner, Michael Williamson.

Notable people

  • Clarence Duncan Chamberlin
    Clarence Duncan Chamberlin
    Clarence Duncan Chamberlin was the second man to pilot a fixed-wing aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean, from New York to the European mainland, while carrying the first transatlantic passenger.-Early life:...

    , aviation
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  • James Perry Conner
    James Perry Conner
    James Perry Conner was a Republican U.S. Representative from Iowa's 10th congressional district from 1900 to 1909.-Background:...

     (1851–1924) five-term US Representative
    United States House of Representatives
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     from 1900–1909
  • Jim Garrison
    Jim Garrison
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    , New Orleans District Attorney who investigated some of the Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories
  • James E. Hansen, head of NASA
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    's Goddard Institute for Space Studies
    Goddard Institute for Space Studies
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  • Jordan Monroe, Playboy
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    's Playmate of the Month for October 2006.
  • Donna Reed
    Donna Reed
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    , Academy Award-winning actress; the Donna Reed Foundation's headquarters are likewise in Denison.
  • L.M. Shaw (1848–1932) 17th Governor of Iowa and United States Secretary of the Treasury
    United States Secretary of the Treasury
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National Register of Historic Places

  • Carey House
    Carey House, Denison, Iowa
    The John T. and Marietta Carey House is a Queen-Anne style house in Denison, Iowa, built in 1893....

  • Clarence D. Chamberlin House
    Clarence D. Chamberlin House
    The Clarence D. Chamberlin House in Denison, Iowa recognizes the boyhood home of the pilot of the first trans-Atlantic passenger flight, June 4, 1927....

  • Crawford County Courthouse
    Crawford County Courthouse (Iowa)
    The Crawford County Courthouse is in Denison, Iowa, the county seat of Crawford County, Iowa and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places....

  • Park Motel
    Park Motel
    The Park Motel in Denison, Iowa is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an example of a well-preserved pre-War highway motel during the early age of motoring....

  • William A. McHenry House
    William A. McHenry House
    The William A. McHenry House, Denison, Iowa, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is maintained as a museum by the Crawford County Historical Society and is open for tours....

  • Yellow Smoke Park Bridge

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