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Maquoketa (pronounced muh-COKE-it-uh) is a city in Clintonmarker and Jacksonmarker counties in the U.S. state of Iowamarker. Located on the Maquoketa River, it is the county seat of Jackson County.

U.S. Route 61 adjoins the city, which therefore benefits from traffic between Dubuquemarker and the Quad Citiesmarker. Iowa Highways 62 and 64 also pass through the city. Maquoketa Caves State Parkmarker is located a few miles northwest of the city.

The population was 6,112 at the 2000 census.


Maquoketa is located at (42.066901, -90.666238), primarily in Jackson County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.0 km²), of which, 3.5 square miles (8.9 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.86%) is water.


Maquoketa was founded in 1838 with the building of a log cabin by J.E. Goodenow and Lyman Bates.

Originally referred to as Springfield, on March 13 1844 its name was changed to Maquoketa because of the number of towns and cities already named Springfield. Maquoketa derives from the Native American word meaning "bear river". In 1853 the town was incorporated. The historic Hurstville Lime Kilns are located just north of the city.


As of the census of 2000, there were 6,112 people, 2,614 households, and 1,599 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,773.3 people per square mile (684.0/km²). There were 2,797 housing units at an average density of 811.5/sq mi (313.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.10% White, 0.16% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.34% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.

There were 2,614 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.8% were non-families. 34.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 25.2% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 21.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 87.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,984, and the median income for a family was $36,705. Males had a median income of $25,819 versus $19,421 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,360. About 9.1% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.6% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.



  • Tom Messerli (current)
  • Jack Rosenberg (previous)

The mayor is the chief executive officer of the city and presides over council meetings. This means the mayor manages the meetings and maintains order.

City Manager

  • Brian Wagner

City Council

  • Edgar Turney
  • Tim Clark
  • Eric Pape
  • Galen Saunders
  • Margo Shouse
  • Jason Hute
  • Neil Morehead

The authority of the city resides in the city council. The council votes on and passes motions, resolutions and ordinances. Resolutions are statements of policy and ordinances are the laws of the city. The votes of each council member are recorded in the minutes of the meeting. The council also approves expenditures and the budget, contracts, city policies and zoning changes.


High school

Middle School

  • Maquoketa Middle School serves grades 6 through 8.
Maquoketa Middle School


  • Briggs Elementary School serves grades 3 through 5.
  • Cardinal Elementary School serves grades K through 2.


  • Sacred Heart School


  • Maquoketa Caves State Parkmarker
  • Hurstville Lime Kilns
    Hurstville Lime Kilns located north of Maquoketa
  • Jackson County Iowa Historical Society
  • Clinton Engines Museum


  • Maquoketa Gold
  • Jackson County Fair
  • Tractor pulls and dirt track racing

Notable natives



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