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Vinton, Iowa
—  City  —
Location of Vinton, Iowa
Coordinates: 42°9′51″N 92°1′34″W / 42.16417°N 92.02611°W / 42.16417; -92.02611
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Benton
Area
 - Total 4.3 sq mi (11.1 km2)
 - Land 4.3 sq mi (11.1 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 787 ft (240 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 5,102
 - Density 1,187.7/sq mi (458.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 52349
Area code(s) 319
FIPS code 19-81210
GNIS feature ID 0462580

Vinton is a city in Benton County, Iowa, United States. The population was 5,102 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Benton County[1]. It is also part of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Vinton is also home of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, Iowa's state educational institution for vision-impaired students.

Contents

Geography

Vinton is located at 42°9′51″N 92°1′34″W / 42.16417°N 92.02611°W / 42.16417; -92.02611 (42.164144, -92.026077)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.3 square miles (11.1 km²), all of it land.

Vinton is located on U.S. Route 218 and the Cedar River, which has flooded parts of the city, most recently in 2008.

Demographics

Vinton Historical Population
Year Pop.  %±
1870 2,460
1880 2,960 20.3%
1890 2,865 −3.2%
1900 3,499 22.1%
1910 3,336 −4.7%
1920 3,381 1.3%
1930 3,372 −0.3%
1940 4,163 23.5%
1950 4,307 3.5%
1960 4,781 11.0%
1970 4,845 1.3%
1980 5,040 4.0%
1990 5,103 1.3%
2000 5,102 −0.0%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov.  

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 5,102 people, 2,116 households, and 1,390 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,187.7 people per square mile (458.1/km²). There were 2,227 housing units at an average density of 518.4/sq mi (200.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.26% White, 0.25% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.94% of the population.

There were 2,116 households out of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.3% were non-families. 29.9% 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 2.34 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 20.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 90.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,114, and the median income for a family was $41,546. Males had a median income of $32,460 versus $19,988 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,808. About 9.5% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.7% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.

Celebrated residents

Movie appearance

Portions of downtown Vinton, along with the Benton County courthouse, were featured in the 1996 John Travolta film Michael. Also seen during the movie's opening credits was Prairie Creek Church, a rural area Christian church located approximately six miles northeast of the city.

References

External links

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Vinton, Iowa
—  City  —
Coordinates: 42°9′51″N 92°1′34″W / 42.16417°N 92.02611°W / 42.16417; -92.02611Coordinates: 42°9′51″N 92°1′34″W / 42.16417°N 92.02611°W / 42.16417; -92.02611
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Benton
Area
 - Total 4.3 sq mi (11.1 km2)
 - Land 4.3 sq mi (11.1 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 787 ft (240 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 5,102
 Density 1,187.7/sq mi (458.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 52349
Area code(s) 319
FIPS code 19-81210
GNIS feature ID 0462580

Vinton is a city in Benton County, Iowa, United States. The population was 5,102 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Benton County[1]. It is also part of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Vinton is also home of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, Iowa's state educational institution for vision-impaired students.

Contents

Geography

Vinton is located at 42°9′51″N 92°1′34″W / 42.16417°N 92.02611°W / 42.16417; -92.02611 (42.164144, -92.026077)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.3 square miles (11.1 km²), all of it land.

Vinton is located on U.S. Route 218 and the Cedar River, which has flooded parts of the city, most recently in 2008.

Demographics

Vinton Historical Population
Year Pop.  %±
1870 2,460

1880 2,960

20.3%
1890 2,865

−3.2%
1900 3,499

22.1%
1910 3,336

−4.7%
1920 3,381

1.3%
1930 3,372

−0.3%
1940 4,163

23.5%
1950 4,307

3.5%
1960 4,781

11.0%
1970 4,845

1.3%
1980 5,040

4.0%
1990 5,103

1.3%
2000 5,102

−0.0%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. 

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 5,102 people, 2,116 households, and 1,390 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,187.7 people per square mile (458.1/km²). There were 2,227 housing units at an average density of 518.4/sq mi (200.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.26% White, 0.25% African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.94% of the population.

There were 2,116 households out of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.3% were non-families. 29.9% 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 2.34 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 20.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 90.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,114, and the median income for a family was $41,546. Males had a median income of $32,460 versus $19,988 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,808. About 9.5% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.7% of those under age 18 and 6.0% of those age 65 or over.

Celebrated residents

  • Buren R. Sherman, who would later become the 12th governor of Iowa, was a resident of Vinton from 1863 to 1866, during which he served as county judge for Benton County. His gravesite is in Vinton, in Evergreen Cemetery.
  • The town is often mentioned in connection with the writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of Little House on the Prairie, because her sister Mary was a student at the Iowa College for the Blind (now the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School) in the early 1880s.
  • Vinton was also the birthplace of American artist Everett Warner (1877–1963), who became a leading contributor to US naval camouflage during both World Wars.
  • Vinton is the birthplace of the IMCA Modified by hometown resident, Keith Knaack (1928-1992). In honor of his contributions to the town of Vinton, in 1999 the city named the entrance to the Benton County Speedway, Keith Knaack Lane.

Movie appearance

Portions of downtown Vinton, along with the Benton County courthouse, were featured in the 1996 John Travolta film Michael. Also seen during the movie's opening credits was Prairie Creek Church, a rural area Christian church located approximately six miles northeast of the city.

References

External links

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