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 403 sq mi (1,044 km2)
 • Land 396 sq mi (1,026 km2)
 • Water 6.6 sq mi (17 km2), 1.6%
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. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,302.[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 U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 403 square miles (1,040 km2), of which 396 square miles (1,030 km2) is land and 6.6 square miles (17 km2) (1.4=6%) is water.[5] It is the second-smallest county by land area in Iowa, and the fourth-smallest by total area.

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. 2013 9,996 −3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

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.[10]

2000 census[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Emmet County

As of the census[11] 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.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Emmet County is divided into twelve townships:

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  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. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved May 10, 2011. 
  11. ^ "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