Get to know Centerville, Iowa
Monday, January 04, 2016
Centerville is the county seat of Appanoose County, Iowa. The city, which was appropriately located near the center of the county in 1844, was originally called Chaldea. The name “was later changed to Senterville, in honor of Governor Senter, of Tennessee.” (http://www.appanoosecounty.net/) With a slight alteration in spelling, it became Centerville.
The population of Centerville is 5,448, making it the most populous city in Appanoose County. During the 2010 census, 6.5% of the population was under the age of 5, 22.6% was under the age of 18, and 20.2% was over the age of 65. Over 85% of adults in the city have a high school education and around 19% have at least a Bachelor’s degree.
Centerville is known for having the largest continuous town square in the world. The Town Square is the site upon which the Appanoose County Courthouse sits, with a vibrant retail district surrounding the square. The Square, along with the retail buildings around it, are on the National Register of Historic Places, with 119 buildings included in the district.
The City of Centerville is a member of the Appanoose Economic Development Corporation at the level of Economic Patron.
Visit the city’s website at http://www.centerville-ia.org/centerville or check out its census data on http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/19/1912315.html.