Emmet County, Iowa

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Emmet County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Emmet County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Founded 1851
Named for Robert Emmet
Seat Estherville
Largest city Estherville
Area
 • Total 402.38 sq mi (1,042 km2)
 • Land 395.74 sq mi (1,025 km2)
 • Water 6.63 sq mi (17 km2), 1.65%
Population
 • (2010) 10,302
 • Density 26/sq mi (10/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.emmetcountyia.com

Emmet County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 10,302 in the 2010 census, a decline from 11,027 in the 2000 census.[1] The county seat is Estherville.[2]

History[edit]

Emmet County was authorized by the Iowa Legislature in 1851,. There were finally enough settlers in the area to organize the county in 1859.[3] The county was named for the Irish patriot Robert Emmet, who was hanged as a traitor to the British government at the age of 23.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 402.38 square miles (1,042.2 km2), of which 395.74 square miles (1,025.0 km2) (or 98.35%) is land and 6.63 square miles (17.2 km2) (or 1.65%) is water.[5]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 105
1870 1,392 1,225.7%
1880 1,550 11.4%
1890 4,274 175.7%
1900 9,936 132.5%
1910 9,816 −1.2%
1920 12,627 28.6%
1930 12,856 1.8%
1940 13,406 4.3%
1950 14,102 5.2%
1960 14,871 5.5%
1970 14,009 −5.8%
1980 13,336 −4.8%
1990 11,569 −13.2%
2000 11,027 −4.7%
2010 10,302 −6.6%
Est. 2012 10,120 −1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[7]

2010 census[edit]

The 2010 census recorded a population of 10,302 in the county, with a population density of 26.0322/sq mi (10.0511/km2). There were 4,758 housing units, of which 4,236 were occupied.[1]

2000 census[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Emmet County

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 11,027 people, 4,450 households, and 2,910 families residing in the county. The population density was 28 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 4,889 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.38% White, 0.24% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.25% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. 4.31% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,450 households out of which 27.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.00% were married couples living together, 7.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.60% were non-families. 30.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.20% under the age of 18, 10.10% from 18 to 24, 23.80% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 19.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,305, and the median income for a family was $41,296. Males had a median income of $27,495 versus $20,278 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,619. About 5.20% of families and 8.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.40% of those under age 18 and 9.10% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Townships[edit]

Emmet County is divided into twelve townships:

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Emmet County
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 119. 
  5. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Further reading[edit]

  • History of Emmet County and Dickinson County, Iowa: A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievement. In Two Volumes. Chicago: Pioneer Publishing Co., 1917.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°22′38″N 94°40′39″W / 43.37722°N 94.67750°W / 43.37722; -94.67750