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Le Claire, Iowa
—  City  —
Location of Le Claire, Iowa
Coordinates: 41°35′46″N 90°21′23″W / 41.59611°N 90.35639°W / 41.59611; -90.35639
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Scott
 - City 4.4 sq mi (11.4 km2)
 - Land 4.2 sq mi (10.8 km2)
 - Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
Elevation 587 ft (179 m)
Population (2000)
 - City 2,847
 - Density 680.0/sq mi (262.5/km2)
 - Metro 377,291 (131 st)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 52753
Area code(s) 563
FIPS code 19-44085
GNIS feature ID 0466067
Le Claire, Iowa.

Le Claire is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. The population was 2,847 at the 2000 census. The city is located near the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa, and is located along the Mississippi River. The city takes its name from Antoine LeClaire, a mestizo trader who originally owned the land.



Le Claire is located at 41°35′46″N 90°21′23″W / 41.59611°N 90.35639°W / 41.59611; -90.35639 (41.596233, -90.356252)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11.4 km²), of which, 4.2 square miles (10.9 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (4.56%) is water.


Buffalo Bill Cody was born just outside of Le Claire. There is also a Buffalo Bill Museum located in town.


Le Claire is part of the Pleasant Valley School District (District Web site) , and is host to three of the district's schools. In-town elementary students attend Bridgeview Elementary, while students living in outlying areas are assigned to Cody Elementary. Junior high students are bussed to Pleasant Valley Junior High School (formerly known as Blackhawk Junior High from 1970-2001), also on the city's outskirts. The district's two other elementary schools (Pleasant View and Riverview Heights), the high school, and the district's administrative offices are located in eastern Bettendorf.

LeClaire residents have one district director on Pleasant Valley's seven-member board of education. Another director serves the city's adjacent rural areas.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,847 people, 1,104 households, and 819 families residing in the city. The population density was 680.0 people per square mile (262.3/km²). There were 1,175 housing units at an average density of 280.6/sq mi (108.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.72% White, 0.21% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.60% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.21% of the population.

There were 1,104 households out of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.9% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.8% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 26.3% from 45 to 64, and 9.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 99.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $45,644, and the median income for a family was $51,546. Males had a median income of $42,188 versus $26,395 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,243. About 2.9% of families and 5.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.4% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.


Tugfest is an annual three-day-long event in early August in which a rope is stretched across the Mississippi River from Le Claire to Port Byron. Several teams of 20 tug against each other; whatever team pulls the most rope wins, and whichever state wins the most contests wins Tugfest. The event is also associated with a large fireworks display, live band, amateur rib cook off, a carnival and food on both sides of the river.

Port Byron, the 2008 champion, holds an overall record of 12-10 in the competition.[3]


  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.  
  3. ^ HOME, Tug Fest, 2008. Accessed 2008-12-05.

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