Hancock County, Iowa

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Hancock County, Iowa
Hancock County Wind Energy Center visitor kiosk 3059998289 e60b6b5a09 o.jpg
Visitor kiosk at the 148 wind turbine farm
Map of Iowa highlighting Hancock 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 John Hancock
Seat Garner
Largest city Garner
Area
 • Total 573 sq mi (1,484 km2)
 • Land 571 sq mi (1,479 km2)
 • Water 2.0 sq mi (5 km2), 0.4%
Population
 • (2010) 11,341
 • Density 20/sq mi (8/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.hancockcountyia.org

Hancock County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 11,341.[1] The county seat is Garner.[2] The county was founded on January 15, 1851 and named in honor of John Hancock, a leader of the Continental Congress during the American Revolution.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 573 square miles (1,480 km2), of which 571 square miles (1,480 km2) is land and 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.4%) is water.[4]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 179
1870 999 458.1%
1880 3,453 245.6%
1890 7,621 120.7%
1900 13,752 80.4%
1910 12,731 −7.4%
1920 14,723 15.6%
1930 14,802 0.5%
1940 15,402 4.1%
1950 15,077 −2.1%
1960 14,604 −3.1%
1970 13,506 −7.5%
1980 13,833 2.4%
1990 12,638 −8.6%
2000 12,100 −4.3%
2010 11,341 −6.3%
Est. 2013 11,094 −2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1]

2010 census[edit]

The 2010 census recorded a population of 11,341 in the county, with a population density of 19.8578/sq mi (7.6671/km2). There were 5,330 housing units, of which 4,741 were occupied.[9]

2000 census[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Hancock County

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 12,100 people, 4,795 households, and 3,375 families residing in the county. The population density was 21 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 5,164 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.70% White, 0.09% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.38% from other races, and 0.40% from two or more races. 2.49% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,795 households out of which 32.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.90% were married couples living together, 6.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.60% were non-families. 26.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.50% under the age of 18, 6.60% from 18 to 24, 25.50% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 17.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 96.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,703, and the median income for a family was $44,248. Males had a median income of $29,452 versus $20,376 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,957. About 5.20% of families and 6.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.90% of those under age 18 and 6.90% of those age 65 or over.

Economy[edit]

Hancock County courthouse

As of December 2008, the unemployment rate in Hancock County was 9.1%, a sharp rise from 4.0% in December 2007.[11]

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Hancock County is divided into sixteen townships:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  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. 148. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved May 12, 2011. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ Geography of a Recession, The New York Times, 2009-03-03. Accessed 2009-03-05.

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Coordinates: 43°05′00″N 93°44′11″W / 43.08333°N 93.73639°W / 43.08333; -93.73639