Davenport is the county seat of Scott County in Iowa and is located along the Mississippi River on the eastern border of the state. It is the largest of the Quad Cities, a metropolitan area with a population estimate of 382,630 and a CSA population of 474,226. Davenport was founded on May 14, 1836 by Antoine Le Claire and was named for his friend George Davenport, a former English sailor who served in the U. S. Army during the War of 1812, served as a supplier Fort Armstrong, worked as a fur trader with the American Fur Company, was appointed a quartermaster with the rank of colonel during the Black Hawk War. According to the 2010 census, the city had a population of 99,685; the city appealed this figure, arguing that the Census Bureau missed a section of residents, that its total population was more than 100,000. The Census Bureau estimated Davenport's 2011 population to be 100,802. Located halfway between Chicago and Des Moines, Davenport is on the border of Iowa across the river from Illinois.
The city is prone to frequent flooding due to its location on the Mississippi River. There are two main universities: St. Ambrose University and Palmer College of Chiropractic, where the first chiropractic adjustment took place. Several annual music festivals take place in Davenport, including the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, the Mississippi Valley Fair, the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival. An internationally known 7-mile foot race, called the Bix 7, is run during the festival; the city has a Class the Quad Cities River Bandits. Davenport has 50 plus parks and facilities, as well as more than 20 miles of recreational paths for biking or walking. Three interstates, 80, 74 and 280, two major United States Highways serve the city. Davenport has seen steady population growth since its incorporation. National economic difficulties in the 1980s, resulted in population losses; the Quad Cities was ranked as the most affordable metropolitan area in 2010 by Forbes magazine. In 2007, along with neighboring Rock Island, won the City Livability Award in the small-city category from the U.
S. Conference of Mayors. In 2012, the Quad Cities Metropolitan Area, was ranked among the fastest-growing areas in the nation in the growth of high-tech jobs. Notable natives of the city have included jazz legend Bix Beiderbecke, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Susan Glaspell, former National Football League running back Roger Craig, UFC Welterweight Champion Pat Miletich, former two time WWE Champion and WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins; the land was owned by the historic Sauk people, Ho-Chunk Native American tribes. France laid claim to this territory as part of its New France and Illinois Country in the 18th century, its traders and missionaries came to the area from Canada. After losing to Great Britain in the Seven Years' War, France ceded its territory east of the Mississippi River to the victor, but retained lands to the west. In 1803 France sold its holdings in North America west of the Mississippi River to the United States under the Louisiana Purchase. Lieutenant Zebulon Pike was the first United States representative to visit the Upper Mississippi River area.
On August 27, 1805, Pike camped on the present-day site of Davenport. In 1832, a group of Sauk and Kickapoo people were defeated by the United States in the Black Hawk War; the United States government concluded the Black Hawk Purchase, sometimes called the Forty-Mile Strip or Scott's Purchase, by which the US acquired lands in what is now eastern Iowa. The purchase was made for $640,000 on September 21, 1832 and contained an area of some 6 million acres, at a price equivalent to 11 cents/acre. Although named after the defeated chief Black Hawk, he was being held prisoner by the US. Sauk chief Keokuk, who had remained neutral in the war, signed off on the purchase, it was made on the site of present-day Davenport. Army General Winfield Scott and Governor of Illinois, John Reynolds, acted on behalf of the United States, with Antoine Le Claire, a mixed-race man, serving as translator, he was credited with founding Davenport. Chief Keokuk gave a generous portion of land to Antoine Le Claire's wife, the granddaughter of a Sauk chief.
Le Claire built their home on the exact spot where the agreement was signed, as stipulated by Keokuk, or he would have forfeited the land. Le Claire finished the'Treaty House' in the spring of 1833, he founded Davenport on May 14, 1836, naming it for his friend Colonel George Davenport, stationed at Fort Armstrong during the war. The city was incorporated on January 25, 1839; the area was successively governed by the legislatures of the Michigan Territory, the Wisconsin Territory, Iowa Territory and Iowa. Scott County was formed by an act of the Wisconsin Territorial legislature in 1837. Both Davenport and its neighbor Rockingham campaigned to become the county seat; the city with the most votes from Scott County citizens in the February 1838 election would become the county seat. On the eve of the election, Davenport citizens acquired the temporary service of Dubuque laborers so they could vote in the election. Davenport won the election with the help of the laborers. Rockingham supporters protested the elections to the territorial governor, on the grounds the laborers from Dubuque were not Scott County residents.
The governor refused to certify the results of the election. A second election was held the following August. To avoid another import of voters, the governor set a 60-day residency requirement for all voters. Davenport won by two v
A ferry is a merchant vessel used to carry passengers, sometimes vehicles and cargo, across a body of water. A passenger ferry with many stops, such as in Venice, Italy, is sometimes called a water bus or water taxi. Ferries form a part of the public transport systems of many waterside cities and islands, allowing direct transit between points at a capital cost much lower than bridges or tunnels. Ship connections of much larger distances may be called ferry services if they carry vehicles; the profession of the ferryman is embodied in Greek mythology in Charon, the boatman who transported souls across the River Styx to the Underworld. Speculation that a pair of oxen propelled a ship having a water wheel can be found in 4th century Roman literature "Anonymus De Rebus Bellicis". Though impractical, there is no reason why it could not work and such a ferry, modified by using horses, was used in Lake Champlain in 19th-century America. See "When Horses Walked on Water: Horse-Powered Ferries in Nineteenth-Century America".
See Experiment. The Marine Services Company of Tanzania offers passenger and cargo services in Lakes Victoria and Malawi, it operates one of the oldest ferries in the region, the MV Liemba, built in 1913 during the German colonial rule. The busiest seaway in the world, the English Channel, connects Great Britain and mainland Europe, with ships sailing to French ports, such as Calais, Dieppe, Cherbourg-Octeville, Caen, St Malo and Le Havre. Ferries from Great Britain sail to Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway and Ireland; some ferries carry tourist traffic, but most carry freight, some are for the use of freight lorries. In Britain, car-carrying ferries are sometimes referred to as RORO for the ease by which vehicles can board and leave; the busiest single ferry route is across the northern part of Øresund, between Helsingborg, Scania and Elsinore, Denmark. Before the Øresund bridge was opened in July 2000, car and "car & train" ferries departed up to seven times every hour. In 2013, this has been reduced, but a car ferry still departs from each harbor every 15 minutes during daytime.
The route is around 2.2 nautical miles and the crossing takes 22 minutes. Today, all ferries on this route are constructed so that they do not need to turn around in the harbors; this means that the ferries lack stems and sterns, since the vessels sail in both directions. Starboard and port-side are dynamic, depending on the direction the ferry sails. Despite the short crossing, the ferries are equipped with restaurants and kiosks. Passengers without cars make a "double or triple return" journey in the restaurants. Passenger and bicycle passenger tickets are inexpensive compared with longer routes. Large cruiseferries sail in the Baltic Sea between Finland, Åland, Estonia and Saint Petersburg and from Italy to Sardinia, Corsica and Greece. In many ways, these ferries are like cruise ships, but they can carry hundreds of cars on car decks. Besides providing passenger and car transport across the sea, Baltic Sea cruise-ferries are a popular tourist destination unto themselves, with multiple restaurants, bars and entertainment on board.
Many smaller ferries operate on domestic routes in Finland and Estonia. The south-west and southern parts of the Baltic Sea has several routes for heavy traffic and cars; the ferry routes of Trelleborg-Rostock, Trelleborg-Travemünde, Trelleborg-Świnoujście, Gedser-Rostock, Gdynia-Karlskrona, Ystad-Świnoujście are all typical transports ferries. On the longer of these routes, simple cabins are available; the Rødby-Puttgarden route transports day passenger trains between Copenhagen and Hamburg, on the Trelleborg-Sassnitz route, it has capacities for the daily night trains between Berlin and Malmö. In Istanbul, ferries connect the European and Asian shores of Bosphorus, as well as Princes Islands and nearby coastal towns. In 2014 İDO transported the largest ferry system in the world. Due to the numbers of large freshwater lakes and length of shoreline in Canada, various provinces and territories have ferry services. BC Ferries operates the third largest ferry service in the world which carries travellers between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland on the country's west coast.
This ferry service operates to other islands including the Gulf Islands and Haida Gwaii. In 2015, BC Ferries carried 20 million passengers. Canada's east coast has been home to numerous inter- and intra-provincial ferry and coastal services, including a large network operated by the federal government under CN Marine and Marine Atlantic. Private and publicly owned ferry operations in eastern Canada include Marine Atlantic, serving the island of Newfoundland, as well as Bay, NFL, CTMA, Coastal Transport, STQ. Canadian waters in the Great Lakes once hosted numerous ferry services, but these have been reduced to those offered by Owen Sound Transportation and several smaller operations. There are several commuter passenger ferry services operated in major cities, such as Metro Transit in Halifax, Toronto Island ferries in Toronto and SeaBus in Vancouver. Washington State Ferries operates the most extensive ferry system in the continental United States and the second largest in t
Jackson County, Iowa
Jackson County is a county located in the U. S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 19,848; the county seat is Maquoketa. The county was named after US President Andrew Jackson. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 650 square miles, of which 636 square miles is land and 14 square miles is water, its eastern border is formed by the Mississippi River. U. S. Highway 52 U. S. Highway 61 U. S. Highway 67 Iowa Highway 62 Iowa Highway 64 Dubuque County Jo Daviess County, Illinois Carroll County, Illinois Clinton County Jones County Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Maquoketa Caves State Park Bellevue State Park The 2010 census recorded a population of 19,848 in the county, with a population density of 31.2031/sq mi. There were 9,415 housing units, of which 8,289 were occupied; as of the census of 2000, there were 20,296 people, 8,078 households, 5,589 families residing in the county. The population density was 32 people per square mile.
There were 8,949 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 98.96% White, 0.10% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, 0.47% from two or more races. 0.60% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 8,078 households out of which 32.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.20% were married couples living together, 7.70% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.80% were non-families. 27.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.80% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.01. In the county, the population was spread out with 26.00% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 26.50% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, 17.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.10 males.
For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.90 males. The median income for a household in the county was $34,529, the median income for a family was $42,526. Males had a median income of $29,334 versus $20,577 for females; the per capita income for the county was $17,329. About 7.70% of families and 10.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.90% of those under age 18 and 8.90% of those age 65 or over. As of 2018 the three-member Jackson County Board of Supervisors is Larry McDevitt, Mike Steines, Jack Willey, their Executive Assistant is LuAnn Goeke. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is the primary law enforcement agency located in the county; the headquarters for the Sheriff's Department are in Iowa. The department is led by an elected Sheriff; the current Sheriff is Russ Kettmann. Fire protection in the county is left up to the discretion of the cities within the county; the towns of Maquoketa, Miles, Sabula, Bellevue, Andrew and La Motte all have their own fire departments providing protection for the whole county.
Most city fire departments provide rescue services. Fire equipment consists of Engines and brush trucks as well as most fire departments owning a Rescue truck; the Maquoketa Fire department owns a Ladder truck. Most firefighters certify as Iowa Firefighter One and HAZMAT Operations and some are certified as EMTs; the towns of Maquoketa, Preston and Bellevue have their own Ambulance Services which provide coverage for the county while towns not having ambulances have First Responder units and contract ambulance response to a nearby community. All firefighters in Jackson County are volunteers and most EMS personnel are volunteers however the Maquoketa Ambulance Service is a paid service. All Jackson County departments are members of the Jackson County Firefighters Association and the Iowa Firefighters Association. Mutual Aid Agreements from surrounding Iowa counties as well as the state of Illinois are in place to provide additional help during emergencies which tax the county emergency resources beyond their limits.
Jackson County has one Hospital in the Jackson County Regional Health Center. As of 2016 the hospital is under the administration of Genesis Healthcare. Patients near Maquoketa are transported to this hospital, while patients closer to Clinton County will most be taken to Mercy Medical Center in Clinton, Iowa; some patients closer to Dubuque County are taken to Mercy or Finley Hospitals, both in the city of Dubuque. Canton‡ Cottonville Garryowen Green Island Nashville Otter Creek South Garry Owen Ref: Jackson County is divided into 18 townships: The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Jackson County.† county seat National Register of Historic Places listings in Jackson County, Iowa Sorensen, Lucille. Holihan, Grace. Ghost Towns of Jackson County Iowa/History of Jackson County, Vol. 1, Jackson County Historical Society 1988 and 2000. Official Jackson County Government Website Jackson County Economic Development Council's website Jackson County Government Overview Webpages Jackson County Historical Society
The Mississippi River is the second-longest river and chief river of the second-largest drainage system on the North American continent, second only to the Hudson Bay drainage system. Its source is Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota and it flows south for 2,320 miles to the Mississippi River Delta in the Gulf of Mexico. With its many tributaries, the Mississippi's watershed drains all or parts of 32 U. S. two Canadian provinces between the Rocky and Appalachian mountains. The main stem is within the United States; the Mississippi ranks as the fifteenth-largest river by discharge in the world. The river either borders or passes through the states of Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas and Louisiana. Native Americans have lived along its tributaries for thousands of years. Most were hunter-gatherers, but some, such as the Mound Builders, formed prolific agricultural societies; the arrival of Europeans in the 16th century changed the native way of life as first explorers settlers, ventured into the basin in increasing numbers.
The river served first as a barrier, forming borders for New Spain, New France, the early United States, as a vital transportation artery and communications link. In the 19th century, during the height of the ideology of manifest destiny, the Mississippi and several western tributaries, most notably the Missouri, formed pathways for the western expansion of the United States. Formed from thick layers of the river's silt deposits, the Mississippi embayment is one of the most fertile regions of the United States. During the American Civil War, the Mississippi's capture by Union forces marked a turning point towards victory, due to the river's strategic importance to the Confederate war effort; because of substantial growth of cities and the larger ships and barges that replaced steamboats, the first decades of the 20th century saw the construction of massive engineering works such as levees and dams built in combination. A major focus of this work has been to prevent the lower Mississippi from shifting into the channel of the Atchafalaya River and bypassing New Orleans.
Since the 20th century, the Mississippi River has experienced major pollution and environmental problems – most notably elevated nutrient and chemical levels from agricultural runoff, the primary contributor to the Gulf of Mexico dead zone. The word Mississippi itself comes from Misi zipi, the French rendering of the Anishinaabe name for the river, Misi-ziibi. In the 18th century, the river was the primary western boundary of the young United States, since the country's expansion westward, the Mississippi River has been considered a convenient if approximate dividing line between the Eastern and Midwestern United States, the Western United States; this is exemplified by the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the phrase "Trans-Mississippi" as used in the name of the Trans-Mississippi Exposition, it is common to qualify a regionally superlative landmark in relation to it, such as "the highest peak east of the Mississippi" or "the oldest city west of the Mississippi". The FCC uses it as the dividing line for broadcast call-signs, which begin with W to the east and K to the west, mixing together in media markets along the river.
The Mississippi River can be divided into three sections: the Upper Mississippi, the river from its headwaters to the confluence with the Missouri River. The Upper Mississippi runs from its headwaters to its confluence with the Missouri River at St. Louis, Missouri, it is divided into two sections: The headwaters, 493 miles from the source to Saint Anthony Falls in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The source of the Upper Mississippi branch is traditionally accepted as Lake Itasca, 1,475 feet above sea level in Itasca State Park in Clearwater County, Minnesota; the name "Itasca" was chosen to designate the "true head" of the Mississippi River as a combination of the last four letters of the Latin word for truth and the first two letters of the Latin word for head. However, the lake is in turn fed by a number of smaller streams. From its origin at Lake Itasca to St. Louis, the waterway's flow is moderated by 43 dams. Fourteen of these dams are located above Minneapolis in the headwaters region and serve multiple purposes, including power generation and recreation.
The remaining 29 dams, beginning in downtown Minneapolis, all contain locks and were constructed to improve commercial navigation of the upper river. Taken as a whole, these 43 dams shape the geography and influence the ecology of the upper river. Beginning just below Saint Paul and continuing throughout the upper and lower river, the Mississippi is further controlled by thousands of wing dikes that moderate the river's flow in order to maintain an open navigation channel and prevent the river from eroding its banks; the head of navigation on the Mississippi is the Coon Rapids Dam in Minnesota. Before it was built in 1913, steamboats could go upstream as far as Saint Cloud, depending on river conditions; the uppermost lock and dam on the Upper Mississippi River is the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock an
Sterling is a city in Whiteside County, United States. The population was 15,370 at the 2010 census, down from 15,451 in 2000. Nicknamed "Hardware Capital of the World", Sterling has long been associated with manufacturing and the steel industry. Sterling lies opposite its twin city, Rock Falls; the terrain is flat. The land outside of town is entirely farmland; the prairie soil is part of one of the world's most fertile growing areas. According to the 2010 census, Sterling has a total area of 5.943 square miles, of which 5.71 square miles is land and 0.233 square miles is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 15,596 people, 6,234 households, 3,946 families residing in the city; the population density was 3,307.0 people per square mile. There were 6,596 housing units at an average density of 1,411.8 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 84.36% White, 2.25% African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.81% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 9.82% from other races, 2.35% from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19.24% of the population. There were 6,234 households out of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 36.7% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.04. In the city, the population was spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 28.7% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, 16.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.9 males. The median income for a household in the city was $37,664, the median income for a family was $45,531. Males had a median income of $33,047 versus $21,944 for females; the per capita income for the city was $19,432. About 7.6% of families and 10.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.0% of those under age 18 and 5.4% of those age 65 or over.
In 1834, Hezekiah Brink built the first cabin in. Two years William Kirkpatrick settled downstream in an area that became Chatham. In 1838, Harrisburg and Chatham merged to become the Town of Sterling in an effort to attract the county seat; the name "Sterling" was given to the new town in honor of Major James Sterling, who distinguished himself in the area during the Blackhawk War in 1832. On February 16, 1857, Sterling was incorporated as a city by state law; the Rock River failed to become a major navigational route as once hoped, but it provided power for the saw and grist mills, to a booming industrial base. In 1856, the first rail lines were laid in the area. With the power from the river and the transportation provided by the railroads, Sterling's business and industry began to grow. During the late 19th and early 20th century, the community's industrial bedrock was laid with the founding of Northwestern Steel & Wire Co. Lawrence Brothers Inc, National Manufacturing Co; the Frantz Manufacturing Company, the Wahl Clipper Corporation.
Today Sterling continues to adapt. The industrial base has expanded as the city has filled two industrial parks and begins development of a third and fourth. Retail sales for the region have expanded. Attractions include Walmart, County Market, Menard's, Kohl's, many other retail locations, including Northland Mall. Outside the city, the landscape is dominated by agricultural fields; the cities of Sterling and Sterling, were both founded by former residents of Sterling, Illinois, as they branched out across the West. Sterling is served by Community Unit School District 5, which operates Sterling High School, Challand Middle School, Franklin Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Washington Elementary Schools. Wallace School serves as Sterling's public pre-K institution, along with classrooms in Franklin and Jefferson Elementary Schools. Sterling is home to the Whiteside Area Career Center, adjacent to Sterling High School. WACC hosts a variety of vocational courses, available to students of its member schools in the Sauk Valley.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockford runs two schools in the city: St. Mary's School, serving as both grade school and middle school, Newman Central Catholic High School; these schools serve Sacred Heart Church and St. Mary's Church. Additionally, Sterling is host to one Protestant school: Christ Lutheran. Central Park is located at Brinks Circle. Dale Park is located at 2nd Street. Flock Park is located at 8th Street. Lincoln Park is located at 16th 4th Street. Platt Park is located at 20th 7th Street. Wallace Park is located at 5th Street. Douglas Park was developed in 1955 when Cellular Concrete Contractors donated 2 acres of property for a park in the Douglas Park Subdivision. Douglas Park is located at Lynn Boulevard. Eberley Park sits on 25 acres of wooded land, it opened a 1.5-mile course in 1978 and is a popular place for joggers and walkers to go. Eberley Park is located at West LeFevre Road; the Gartner Park Baseball Complex was developed in 1961 and included 7 regulation baseball diamonds and a playground area.
Since there has been renovation on the diamonds to include press boxes and field
Sabula Rail Bridge
The Sabula Rail Bridge is a swing bridge that carries a single rail line across the Mississippi River between the island town of Sabula and Savanna, Illinois. Built for the Milwaukee Road, subsequently owned by the Iowa and Eastern Railroad, the bridge is operational and is owned by Canadian Pacific Railway. On April 8, 2014 the Sabula Railway bridge was struck by the Marquette Transportation Barge Wisconsin. No one was injured; the Sabula Fire Department was called alongside the Sabula ambulance crew to search for a missing bargeman but he was found on the barge unharmed. The protective wooden barrier was completely destroyed by the barge; the incident as of the day of the accident was investigated by the U. S. Coast Guard and Canadian Pacific Railway Police with assistance by the Sabula Fire Department who provided their rescue boat as transportation until additional boats arrived; as of 2015 the bridge has been repaired. John A. Weeks III. "Sabula Rail Bridge, Sabula, IA". Retrieved 19 June 2010.
List of crossings of the Upper Mississippi River
Sabula is a city in Jackson County, United States. The population was 576 at the 2010 census. Sabula is the site of Iowa's only island city; the island has a campground. It has a harbor with boat docks and storage sheds to store some boats during the winter; because of its proximity to Chicago, Sabula has become a popular vacationing destination during the summer months. Sabula is the northern terminus of U. S. Route 67, a 1,560 mile long north–south U. S. highway in the Central United States. The southern terminus of the route is at the United States -- Mexico border in Texas. Sabula was established in 1835 when, according to legend, Isaac Dorman crossed the river from the Illinois side on a log and decided to settle on the present site of Sabula. Sabula is a name of French origin meaning "sand". In the late 19th century the principal industries in the community included a large "pearl button" factory—which produced buttons from clam shells harvested from large clam beds located in the river adjacent to the shoreline.
The thriving community supported a large hog slaughtering industry. The community did not become an island until the lock and dam system was constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers on the upper Mississippi in the 1930s; the construction of Lock and Dam No. 13 between Clinton and Fulton, Illinois in 1939 left the lowlands west of the townsite permanently flooded, creating the "Island City," as the town is now known. Sabula is located at 42°4′4″N 90°10′27″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.26 square miles, of which 0.40 square miles is land and 0.86 square miles is water. Sabula is connected to Iowa via a roadway that runs between two lakes and with Savanna, Illinois, by another roadway that leads to a bridge that crosses the Mississippi River; as of the census of 2010, there were 576 people, 270 households, 157 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,440.0 inhabitants per square mile. There were 321 housing units at an average density of 802.5 per square mile.
The racial makeup of the city was 99.1% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% from other races, 0.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population. There were 270 households of which 24.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.3% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.6% had a male householder with no wife present, 41.9% were non-families. 37.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.3% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.81. The median age in the city was 45 years. 22.4% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 46.9% male and 53.1% female. As of the census of 2000, there were 670 people, 308 households, 182 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,709.3 people per square mile. There were 337 housing units at an average density of 859.8/sq mi.
The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.04% of the population. There were 308 households out of which 23.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 40.6% were non-families. 36.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.2% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.78. In the city, the population was spread out with 22.1% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 23.7% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, 22.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.8 males. The median income for a household in the city was $30,192, the median income for a family was $39,688. Males had a median income of $29,000 versus $20,500 for females; the per capita income for the city was $16,901.
About 11.5% of families and 14.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.3% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over. Sabula has a community center. Fire protection is provided by the Sabula Volunteer Fire Department; the Sabula Fire Department protects everything within city limits as well as accident response in the ambulance district and is available to respond mutual aid to other cities in Iowa and Illinois. Most of the city firefighters are certified as Iowa Firefighter Ones and Hazmat Operations. Quartered with the Fire Department is an Ambulance service made up of volunteers which provides ambulances to the city and outlying areas; the Ambulance service operates two Basic Life Support Ambulances. Prior to the Sabula Ambulance the local funeral home provided a for profit ambulance. In 1974 the Fire Chief created the Emergency Unit and brought the first trained EMTs to the city drawn from firemen. Sabula has a public works department that provides other services.
Police protection is provided by Jackson County Sheriffs Office. Sabula has a Mayor-Council city government. Meetings and elections are held in city hall, it is a part of the Easton Valley Community School District, formed in 2013 by the merger of the East Central Comm