Between 1980 and 1990, Hiawatha's population increased more than the city's did. This trend reversed in the following 10 years, and by 2000 the population fell in the Hiawatha neighborhood by nearly 8 percent, while the population in the City increased by almost 4 percent.

In 2000, there were 143 fewer children and adolescents in Hiawatha than in 1980, a loss of 13 percent. The number of adult and senior residents declined also during this period. The first group decreased by 2.4 percent, and the second by 8.5 percent. Within the adult population, the 25 to 44 and 45 to 64 age brackets added 290 people between them, but they could not offset the losses in the other age groups.

Although most residents are white, Hiawatha's population gradually became more diverse between 1980 and 2000. White residents, who accounted for 97 percent of the neighborhood's total population in 1980, decreased to 86 percent by 2000. The black population increased from 0.7 percent in 1980 to 5.1 percent in 2000, adding 226 people. The number of Hispanic residents steadily increased in the same period. That group comprised 0.6 percent of the population in 1980 and increased to 1.3 percent in 2000, adding 132 people.

Last updated Sep 27, 2011



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