Watkins, Iowa

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Watkins, Iowa
Census-designated place
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Watkins
Location within the state of Iowa
Coordinates: 41°53′28″N91°59′11″W / 41.89111°N 91.98639°W / 41.89111; -91.98639 Coordinates: 41°53′28″N91°59′11″W / 41.89111°N 91.98639°W / 41.89111; -91.98639
Country United States
State Iowa
County Benton
Area
  Total 0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
  Land 0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
  Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 830 ft (250 m)
Population (2010)
  Total 118
  Density 285/sq mi (110.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
  Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 52354
GNIS feature ID 462737

Watkins is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in southeastern Benton County, Iowa, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 118. [1] It lies along local roads south of the city of Vinton, the county seat of Benton County. [2] Its elevation is 830 feet (250 m) above sea level. [3] Although Watkins is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 52354, [4] which opened on 15 December 1873. [5]

Unincorporated area Region of land not governed by own local government

In law, an unincorporated area is a region of land that is not governed by a local municipal corporation; similarly an unincorporated community is a settlement that is not governed by its own local municipal corporation, but rather is administered as part of larger administrative divisions, such as a township, parish, borough, county, city, canton, state, province or country. Occasionally, municipalities dissolve or disincorporate, which may happen if they become fiscally insolvent, and services become the responsibility of a higher administration. Widespread unincorporated communities and areas are a distinguishing feature of the United States and Canada. In most other countries of the world, there are either no unincorporated areas at all, or these are very rare; typically remote, outlying, sparsely populated or uninhabited areas.

A census-designated place (CDP) is a concentration of population defined by the United States Census Bureau for statistical purposes only. CDPs have been used in each decennial census since 1980 as the counterparts of incorporated places, such as self-governing cities, towns, and villages, for the purposes of gathering and correlating statistical data. CDPs are populated areas that generally include one officially designated but currently unincorporated small community, for which the CDP is named, plus surrounding inhabited countryside of varying dimensions and, occasionally, other, smaller unincorporated communities as well. CDPs include small rural communities, colonias located along the U.S. border with Mexico, and unincorporated resort and retirement communities and their environs.

Benton County, Iowa County in the United States

Benton County is a county in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 26,076. Its county seat is Vinton. The county is named for Thomas Hart Benton, a U.S. Senator from Missouri.

Watkins was platted in 1874. [6] The community was named for J. B. Watkins, a railroad official. [7]

Plat scale map showing the divisions of a piece of land

In the United States, a plat is a map, drawn to scale, showing the divisions of a piece of land. United States General Land Office surveyors drafted township plats of Public Lands Surveys to show the distance and bearing between section corners, sometimes including topographic or vegetation information. City, town or village plats show subdivisions into blocks with streets and alleys. Further refinement often splits blocks into individual lots, usually for the purpose of selling the described lots; this has become known as subdivision.

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