Keokuk County, Iowa

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Keokuk County, Iowa
Keokuk County, Iowa Courthouse.jpg
Map of Iowa highlighting Keokuk County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Founded February 17, 1843
Named for Keokuk
Seat Sigourney
Largest city Sigourney
Area
 • Total 579.94 sq mi (1,502 km2)
 • Land 579.19 sq mi (1,500 km2)
 • Water 0.75 sq mi (2 km2), 0.13%
Population
 • (2010) 10,511
 • Density 18/sq mi (7/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.keokukcountyia.com

Keokuk County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 10,511 in the 2010 census, a decline from 11,400 in the 2000 census.[1] The county seat is Sigourney.[2]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 579.94 square miles (1,502.0 km2), of which 579.19 square miles (1,500.1 km2) (or 99.87%) is land and 0.75 square miles (1.9 km2) (or 0.13%) is water.[3]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

History[edit]

Keokuk County was formed in 1837. It was named for the eponymous chief of the Sac Indians, who advocated peace with the white settlers. In May 1843, the county opened for public settlement and was self-governed from 1844. Previously it was governed by Washington County. After a debate lasting a few years for the location for the county seat, the right went to Sigourney in 1856.[4]

Keokuk County is unusual in that it has two county fairs. The Keokuk County Fair is held in What Cheer and immediately followed by the Keokuk County Expo which is held in Sigourney.

The Keokuk County Courthouse in Sigourney was built in 1911. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1981.[5]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 4,822
1860 13,271 175.2%
1870 19,434 46.4%
1880 21,258 9.4%
1890 23,862 12.2%
1900 24,979 4.7%
1910 21,160 −15.3%
1920 20,983 −0.8%
1930 19,148 −8.7%
1940 18,406 −3.9%
1950 16,797 −8.7%
1960 15,492 −7.8%
1970 13,943 −10.0%
1980 12,921 −7.3%
1990 11,624 −10.0%
2000 11,400 −1.9%
2010 10,511 −7.8%
Est. 2012 10,374 −1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[7]

2010 census[edit]

The 2010 census recorded a population of 10,511 in the county, with a population density of 18.1478/sq mi (7.0069/km2). There were 4,931 housing units, of which 4,408 were occupied.[1]

2000 census[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Keokuk County

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 11,400 people, 4,586 households, and 3,155 families residing in the county. The population density was 20 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 5,013 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 99.00% White, 0.07% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.36% from two or more races. 0.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,586 households out of which 30.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.00% were married couples living together, 6.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.20% were non-families. 27.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.80% 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 2.99.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 25.50% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from 45 to 64, and 20.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,025, and the median income for a family was $41,818. Males had a median income of $28,306 versus $22,083 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,120. About 7.50% of families and 10.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.90% of those under age 18 and 10.50% of those age 65 or over.

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved May 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  4. ^ Keokuk County History
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  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. 

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Coordinates: 41°20′10″N 92°10′47″W / 41.33611°N 92.17972°W / 41.33611; -92.17972