Pocahontas County, Iowa

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Pocahontas County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Pocahontas 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 Pocahontas
Seat Pocahontas
Largest city Pocahontas
Area
 • Total 579.13 sq mi (1,500 km2)
 • Land 577.70 sq mi (1,496 km2)
 • Water 1.42 sq mi (4 km2), 0.25%
Population
 • (2010) 7,310
 • Density 13/sq mi (5/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.pocahontas-county.com

Pocahontas County is a county located in Iowa, United States. The population was 7,310 in the 2010 census, a decline from 8,662 in the 2000 census.[1] The county seat is Pocahontas.[2]

This county was named after the Native American princess from Jamestown, Virginia. A colossal statue of her stands in the city.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 579.13 square miles (1,499.9 km2), of which 577.70 square miles (1,496.2 km2) (or 99.75%) is land and 1.42 square miles (3.7 km2) (or 0.25%) is water.[4]

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History[edit]

Pocahontas County was formed in 1851.[3]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 103
1870 1,446 1,303.9%
1880 3,713 156.8%
1890 9,553 157.3%
1900 15,339 60.6%
1910 14,808 −3.5%
1920 15,602 5.4%
1930 15,687 0.5%
1940 16,266 3.7%
1950 15,496 −4.7%
1960 14,234 −8.1%
1970 12,729 −10.6%
1980 11,369 −10.7%
1990 9,525 −16.2%
2000 8,662 −9.1%
2010 7,310 −15.6%
Est. 2012 7,150 −2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[6]

2010 census[edit]

The 2010 census recorded a population of 7,310 in the county, with a population density of 12.654/sq mi (4.886/km2). There were 3,794 housing units, of which 3,233 were occupied.[1]

2000 census[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Pocahontas County

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 8,662 people, 3,617 households, and 2,430 families residing in the county. The population density was 15 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 3,988 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.49% White, 0.24% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. 0.89% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,617 households out of which 29.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.30% were married couples living together, 5.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.80% were non-families. 30.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 5.30% from 18 to 24, 23.40% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 21.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,362, and the median income for a family was $40,568. Males had a median income of $27,929 versus $20,515 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,006. About 6.60% of families and 9.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.30% of those under age 18 and 6.50% 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 June 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b History, Pocahontas County Economic Development.
  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: 42°44′04″N 94°40′39″W / 42.73444°N 94.67750°W / 42.73444; -94.67750