Grundy County, Iowa

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Grundy County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Grundy 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 Felix Grundy
Seat Grundy Center
Largest city Grundy Center
Area
 • Total 502.55 sq mi (1,302 km2)
 • Land 502.51 sq mi (1,301 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0 km2), 0.01%
Population
 • (2010) 12,453
 • Density 25/sq mi (10/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.grundycounty.org

Grundy County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 12,453 in the 2010 census, an increase from 12,369 in the 2000 census.[1] The county seat is Grundy Center.[2] The county is named for Felix Grundy, former U.S. Attorney General.[3]

Grundy County is one of the three counties that make up the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area.[4]

History[edit]

Grundy County was formed on January 15, 1851, and became self-governing in 1856. It was named after Felix Grundy of Tennessee, a statesman, Senator, member of the House of Representatives and Attorney General under President James K. Polk.

The first courthouse was built in 1861. The wooden, two-story building contained a courtroom, but was used for other purposes, including housing the office of the sheriff, county treasurer, the judge, as well as a chamber for the jury. The cornerstone for a second courthouse was laid on November 11, 1891.[5]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 502.55 square miles (1,301.6 km2), of which 502.51 square miles (1,301.5 km2) (or 99.99%) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.078 km2) (or 0.01%) is water.[6]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 793
1870 6,399 706.9%
1880 12,639 97.5%
1890 13,215 4.6%
1900 13,757 4.1%
1910 13,574 −1.3%
1920 14,420 6.2%
1930 14,133 −2.0%
1940 13,518 −4.4%
1950 13,722 1.5%
1960 14,132 3.0%
1970 14,119 −0.1%
1980 14,366 1.7%
1990 12,029 −16.3%
2000 12,369 2.8%
2010 12,453 0.7%
Est. 2012 12,448 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2012 Estimate[8]

2010 census[edit]

The 2010 census recorded a population of 12,453 in the county, with a population density of 24.7816/sq mi (9.5682/km2). There were 5,530 housing units, of which 5,131 were occupied.[1]

2000 census[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Grundy County

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 12,369 people, 4,984 households, and 3,583 families residing in the county. The population density was 25 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 5,304 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.97% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 0.02% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. 0.58% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,984 households out of which 30.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.80% were married couples living together, 5.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 25.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.20% under the age of 18, 6.30% from 18 to 24, 25.10% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 19.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 95.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,396, and the median income for a family was $46,627. Males had a median income of $32,006 versus $22,003 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,142. About 3.30% of families and 4.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.60% of those under age 18 and 5.70% of those age 65 or over.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved May 12, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 145. 
  4. ^ United States Office of Management and Budget. "Update of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses" (PDF). pp. 5, 36. Archived from the original on 2006-05-14. Retrieved 2006-07-21. 
  5. ^ http://www.grundycounty.org/features/history.asp
  6. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 42°24′06″N 92°47′15″W / 42.40167°N 92.78750°W / 42.40167; -92.78750