Muscatine County, Iowa

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Muscatine County, Iowa
Muscatine Court House.JPG
Muscatine County Courthouse in Muscatine
Map of Iowa highlighting Muscatine County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Founded December 7, 1836
Seat Muscatine
Largest city Muscatine
Area
 • Total 449.07 sq mi (1,163 km2)
 • Land 438.67 sq mi (1,136 km2)
 • Water 10.40 sq mi (27 km2), 2.32%
Population
 • (2010) 42,745
 • Density 100/sq mi (38/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.muscatine.ia.us

Muscatine County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 42,745 in the 2010 census, an increase from 41,722 in the 2000 census.[1] The county seat is Muscatine.[2] The southeastern border is formed by the Mississippi River.

Muscatine County is part of the Muscatine Micropolitan Statistical Area, and the county is considered part of the Greater Quad Cities metro region, which has a population of 422,435.[3] and has a CSA population of 474,226, making it the 90th largest CSA in the nation.[4][5]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 449.07 square miles (1,163.1 km2), of which 438.67 square miles (1,136.2 km2) (or 97.68%) is land and 10.40 square miles (26.9 km2) (or 2.32%) is water.[6]

Major highways[edit]

Other roadways[edit]

County highways[edit]

  • County Highway F58 (formerly Hwy 927)
  • County Highway F62
  • County Highway F65
  • County Highway F70 (155th St)
  • County Highway G14 (180th St)
  • County Highway G28 (230th/231st Sts)
  • County Highway G34 (275th St)
  • County Highway G38 (Fruitland Rd)
  • County Highway X34 (Davis Ave)
  • County Highway X40 (Garfield Ave)
  • County Highway X46 (Kelly Ave/170th St)
  • County Highway X61 (Stewart Rd)
  • County Highway Y14 (Taylor Ave)
  • County Highway Y26 (Vail Ave)
  • County Highway Y30 (Western Ave)
  • County Highway Y36 (Zachary Ave)

Adjacent counties[edit]

History[edit]

Muscatine County was formed on December 7, 1836. One history of the county claims it was named for Muscatine Island in the Mississippi River.[7] The island lies opposite Muscatine County and was believed to be named after the Mascouten native American tribe, Algonquian-speaking Native Americans who lived in the area before being driven west by settler encroachment and other tribes.[7]

In 1833, Colonel George Davenport of Illinois sent three representatives into the territory to establish a trade post. They were the first European Americans to settle there. In the same year, James W. Casey and John Vanatta came to the area. They opened a supply depot for steamboats on June 1, 1833, and named it Casey’s Woodpile. (The steamboats burned wood.) The first public land sale was held in November 1838. One year later, the construction of the courthouse and a jail was begun. A second jail, referred to as the "Old Jail", was built in 1857.[8]

On December 23, 1864, the courthouse was complete gutted by a fire and, within two years, a new structure was completed on the same site. The construction of the courthouse still used today was completed on September 26, 1907.[9]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 5,731
1860 16,444 186.9%
1870 21,688 31.9%
1880 23,170 6.8%
1890 24,504 5.8%
1900 28,242 15.3%
1910 29,505 4.5%
1920 29,042 −1.6%
1930 29,385 1.2%
1940 31,296 6.5%
1950 32,148 2.7%
1960 33,840 5.3%
1970 37,181 9.9%
1980 40,436 8.8%
1990 39,907 −1.3%
2000 41,722 4.5%
2010 42,745 2.5%
Est. 2012 42,879 0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
2012 Estimate[11]

2010 census[edit]

The 2010 census recorded a population of 42,745 in the county, with a population density of 99.7154/sq mi (38.5003/km2). There were 17,910 housing units, of which 16,412 were occupied.[1]

2000 census[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Adair County

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 41,722 people, 15,847 households, and 11,283 families residing in the county. The population density was 95 people per square mile (37/km²). There were 16,786 housing units at an average density of 38 per square mile (15/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.72% White, 0.70% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.83% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 6.05% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. 11.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 15,847 households out of which 34.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.90% were married couples living together, 9.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.80% were non-families. 24.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.90% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 28.80% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 12.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,803, and the median income for a family was $48,373. Males had a median income of $36,329 versus $24,793 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,625. About 6.30% of families and 8.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.70% of those under age 18 and 7.70% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

C.S. Barclay farm illustration in 1875

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[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. ^ "Greater Quad City Region", Official Website
  4. ^ List of Combined Statistical Areas
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2010 to July 1," (CSV). 2011 Population Estimates. United States Census Bureau, Population Division. June 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  6. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  7. ^ a b History Section, 1879, History of Muscatine County Iowa, retrieved 11 May 2009 
  8. ^ "Local Sights". Muscatine County Sheriff. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  9. ^ History
  10. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°28′52″N 91°07′11″W / 41.48111°N 91.11972°W / 41.48111; -91.11972