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Dunkerton, Iowa
—  City  —
Location of Dunerton, Iowa
Coordinates: 42°34′6″N 92°9′36″W / 42.56833°N 92.16°W / 42.56833; -92.16
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Black Hawk
 - Total 0.9 sq mi (2.4 km2)
 - Land 0.9 sq mi (2.4 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 955 ft (291 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 749
 - Density 792.9/sq mi (306.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 50626
Area code(s) 319
FIPS code 19-22845
GNIS feature ID 0456065

Dunkerton is a city in Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. The population was 749 at the 2000 census. It is part of the WaterlooCedar Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.



In 1853 two brothers, James and John Dunkerton, walked from Dubuque, Iowa, to stake out a claim of land near Lester. This claim has become the town known as Dunkerton. In 1854 John died and was buried in the small cemetery which now holds 4 generations of Dunkertons. James remained and built up his land. In 1855 he married.

At 60 years of age, James and his eldest son sold a portion of their land to the railroad, requesting that the railroad be extended to Iowa. This act enabled the present city of Dunkerton to be established.


Dunkerton is located at 42°34′6″N 92°9′36″W / 42.56833°N 92.16°W / 42.56833; -92.16 (42.568329, -92.160075)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 749 people, 269 households, and 206 families residing in the city. The population density was 792.9 people per square mile (307.6/km²). There were 292 housing units at an average density of 309.1/sq mi (119.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.26% White, 0.13% Native American, 1.20% Asian, 1.34% Pacific Islander, 0.80% from other races, and 0.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.80% of the population.

There were 269 households out of which 41.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.2% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.4% were non-families. 19.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.0% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 8.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 99.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $41,771, and the median income for a family was $48,229. Males had a median income of $31,083 versus $24,167 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,863. About 4.4% of families and 5.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.2% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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