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"Gypsum City"

Fort Dodge is a city in Webster County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after the fort established here in 1850. The fort was named after Henry Dodge, U.S. senator from Wisconsin.

The latitude of Fort Dodge is 42.497N. The longitude is -94.167W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,115 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 25,917.


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Median household income
Local
$33,361
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Fort Dodge demographic reports
Fort Dodge is on the Des Moines River.
Gypsum quarries opened here in 1869.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 134. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 5.4 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Samual Arkoff, movie producer
· Marlian Fisher, soap opera actor
· Thomas Heggen, author
Local festivals include:
  • Webster County Fair - July 11-16, 2007
  • Frontier Days - June 1-3, 2007
Dates often change. Check Fort Dodge web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Brushy Creek State Park
Historic sites and museums: Blanden Memorial Art Museum, Fort Museum and Frontier Village
Colleges and universities: Iowa Central Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)

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Ancestry & family history

31% of Fort Dodge residents report German ancestry, and 14% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Fort Dodge ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Fort Dodge was $18,018, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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19% of Fort Dodge residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Fort Dodge include Oak Hill Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Fort Dodge, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $338.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $675.


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Libraries in Fort Dodge include Fort Dodge Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Fort Dodge include Fort Dodge Messenger News

TV stations in Fort Dodge include KTIN.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KTPR.

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Webster County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Fort Dodge political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Fort Dodge workers is 13 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 2 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Fort Dodge between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of .8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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Hotels in Fort Dodge include Best Western Starlite Village, Budget Host Inn Fort Dodge, Comfort Inn Fort Dodge, Country Inn & Suites Fort Dodge, Days Inn Fort Dodge, Super 8 Motel.

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