Montgomery County, Iowa

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Montgomery County, Iowa
Montgomery County Courthouse, Red Oak.jpg
Montgomery County Courthouse
Map of Iowa highlighting Montgomery County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Founded 1851[1]
Named for Richard Montgomery
Seat Red Oak
Largest city Red Oak
Area
 • Total 424.81 sq mi (1,100 km2)
 • Land 423.88 sq mi (1,098 km2)
 • Water 0.93 sq mi (2 km2), 0.22%
Population
 • (2010) 10,740
 • Density 28/sq mi (11/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.montgomerycountyiowa.com

Montgomery County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 10,740 in the 2010 census, a decline from 11,771 in the 2000 census.[2] The county seat is Red Oak.[3] It was named in honor of Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War general killed in 1775 while attempting to capture Quebec City, Canada.

The county is famous as being the location of the unsolved Villisca Axe Murders committed in 1912.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 424.81 square miles (1,100.3 km2), of which 423.88 square miles (1,097.8 km2) (or 99.78%) is land and 0.93 square miles (2.4 km2) (or 0.22%) is water.[4]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,256
1870 5,934 372.5%
1880 15,895 167.9%
1890 15,848 −0.3%
1900 17,803 12.3%
1910 16,604 −6.7%
1920 17,048 2.7%
1930 16,752 −1.7%
1940 15,697 −6.3%
1950 15,685 −0.1%
1960 14,467 −7.8%
1970 12,781 −11.7%
1980 13,413 4.9%
1990 12,076 −10.0%
2000 11,771 −2.5%
2010 10,740 −8.8%
Est. 2012 10,566 −1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[6]

2010 census[edit]

The 2010 census recorded a population of 10,740 in the county, with a population density of 25.337/sq mi (9.783/km2). There were 5,239 housing units, of which 4,558 were occupied.[2]

2000 census[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Montgomery County

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 11,771 people, 4,886 households, and 3,258 families residing in the county. The population density was 28 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 5,399 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.20% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.68% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. 1.30% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,886 households out of which 29.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.40% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.30% were non-families. 29.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.70% 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 2.91.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 6.50% from 18 to 24, 25.50% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 20.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 90.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,214, and the median income for a family was $40,129. Males had a median income of $28,531 versus $20,835 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,373. About 6.50% of families and 9.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.30% of those under age 18 and 6.00% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Unincorporated community[edit]

Townships[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ William Walace Merritt (1906). A History of the County of Montgomery. The Express Publishing Company. 
  2. ^ a b "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved May 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 41°01′45″N 95°09′05″W / 41.02917°N 95.15139°W / 41.02917; -95.15139