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DeWitt, Iowa
—  City  —
Dewitt City Hall
Location of DeWitt, Iowa
Coordinates: 41°49′22″N 90°32′34″W / 41.82278°N 90.54278°W / 41.82278; -90.54278Coordinates: 41°49′22″N 90°32′34″W / 41.82278°N 90.54278°W / 41.82278; -90.54278
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Clinton
 - Total 4.9 sq mi (12.6 km2)
 - Land 4.9 sq mi (12.6 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 709 ft (216 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 5,049
 Density 1,036.8/sq mi (400.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 52742
Area code(s) 563
FIPS code 19-21180
GNIS feature ID 0455826

DeWitt is a city in Clinton County, Iowa, United States. The population was 5,049 at the 2000 census. DeWitt was named after DeWitt Clinton (1769–1828), an early American politician who served as United States Senator and 7th Governor of New York.



DeWitt is located at 41°49′22″N 90°32′34″W / 41.82278°N 90.54278°W / 41.82278; -90.54278 (41.822684, -90.542643)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.9 square miles (12.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,049 people, 2,071 households, and 1,362 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,036.8 people per square mile (400.3/km²). There were 2,158 housing units at an average density of 443.1/sq mi (171.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.12% White, 0.22% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.97% of the population.

There were 2,071 households out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.5% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.2% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 90.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $44,720, and the median income for a family was $54,063. Males had a median income of $37,951 versus $25,457 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,717. About 2.8% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.


DeWitt is governed by a mayor and five-member council. The mayor is Don Thiltgen, and the city council is currently composed of Carole Dunkin (First Ward), Peggy McAvan (Second Ward), Verlyn Scheckel (At-Large), Steve Hassenmiller (At-Large) and Kurt Ketelsen (At-Large).[3]


DeWitt is home to Central Community Schools of Clinton County. In addition to DeWitt, the nearby cities of Grand Mound, Low Moor, and Welton are also a part the school district.[4]


Ekstrand Elementary

Ekstrand Elementary School is located in DeWitt and serves students in pre-kindergarten through grade five. Built in 1970, the school is named for former principal and district superintendent Carl Ekstrand.[5]

Central Middle School

Located in DeWitt, the middle school was originally built in 1991 as an addition to Central High School. The attendance center houses 333 students in grades six, seven, and eight.[6]

Central High School

Located in DeWitt, Central High School houses grades nine through twelve.[7] After being built in the 1950s, the school's need for increased space has resulted in a recent $1.891 million addition. Construction of the new facilities began in November 2007, and includes a new cafeteria, remodeled kitchen space, and new alternative classroom.[8]


Central High School won state championships in boys basketball in 1981, girls basketball in 1994, and boys cross country in 2000 and 2001. During that two-year stretch, the Saber Boys' Cross Country team went 254-0, winning the team championship in an incredible 20 consecutive meets.[9]

The school's mascot is the Saber, represented graphically by a shield, two swords, and a saber-toothed tiger.


The DeWitt Observer serves as DeWitt's primary local newspaper. In addition to DeWitt, The Observer also serves much of rural eastern Clinton County.[10]

Notable natives and residents


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