Sac County, Iowa

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Sac County, Iowa
SacCityIA CountyCourthouse.jpg
Sac County Courthouse
Map of Iowa highlighting Sac County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Founded January 15, 1851
Named for Sauk people (Sac Indians)
Seat Sac City
Largest city Sac City
Area
 • Total 578.38 sq mi (1,498 km2)
 • Land 575.82 sq mi (1,491 km2)
 • Water 2.56 sq mi (7 km2), 0.44%
Population
 • (2010) 10,350
 • Density 18/sq mi (7/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.saccounty.org

Sac County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 10,350 in the 2010 census, a decline from 11,529 in the 2000 census.[1] The county seat is Sac City.[2]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 578.38 square miles (1,498.0 km2), of which 575.82 square miles (1,491.4 km2) (or 99.56%) is land and 2.56 square miles (6.6 km2) (or 0.44%) is water.[3]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

History[edit]

Sac County was formed on January 15, 1851. It was named after the Sauk people formerly referred to as the Sac Indians. Sac City was appointed the county seat in 1856, and the first Sac County Courthouse was erected in 1862. The courthouse served its purpose well until 1873 when citizens of Sac County realized the county had outgrown the tiny building. Thus, a second courthouse was built. The building was eighty-five feet by fifty-six feet, a beautiful building of brick with limestone foundations and an impressive tower on the top. It was declared to be one of the best county buildings in Iowa. This courthouse was first used in January 1874, and the old courthouse was sold shortly thereafter. Unfortunately, in 1888 a prisoner set fire to the jail attached to the courthouse while attempting to escape, and both buildings were destroyed. Sac City erected a third courthouse at a cost of thirty thousand dollars. This courthouse has been in use since with minimal structural changes, save for an extensive addition which was completed in the 1980s.[4]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 246
1870 1,411 473.6%
1880 8,774 521.8%
1890 14,522 65.5%
1900 17,639 21.5%
1910 16,555 −6.1%
1920 17,500 5.7%
1930 17,641 0.8%
1940 17,639 0.0%
1950 17,518 −0.7%
1960 17,007 −2.9%
1970 15,573 −8.4%
1980 14,118 −9.3%
1990 12,324 −12.7%
2000 11,529 −6.5%
2010 10,350 −10.2%
Est. 2012 10,153 −1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[6]

2010 census[edit]

The 2010 census recorded a population of 10,350 in the county, with a population density of 17.974/sq mi (6.940/km2). There were 5,429 housing units, of which 4,482 were occupied.[1]

2000 census[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Sac County

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 11,529 people, 4,746 households, and 3,198 families residing in the county. The population density was 20 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 5,460 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.53% White, 0.26% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. 0.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,746 households out of which 28.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.30% were married couples living together, 6.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.60% were non-families. 29.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.10% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 23.50% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 22.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 95.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,874, and the median income for a family was $40,504. Males had a median income of $26,183 versus $19,753 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,902. About 6.80% of families and 9.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.00% of those under age 18 and 8.20% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Best Places to Live in Rural America[edit]

In February 2007, in its third annual list of the “Best Places to Live in Rural America”, Progressive Farmer magazine placed Sac County as #7 in the overall rankings.[8] In 2009, the magazine ranked Sac County as the tenth "Best Place" in the Midwest Region.[9]

Geocaching[edit]

Sac County is a rich area for geocaching. The county was "put on the map" when geocachers hid a series of caches a mile wide and 8 miles high to spell "SAC" along rural roads between Sac City and Lytton in August 2011.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  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. ^ "Historic Sac City". Chamber Main Street. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  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. 
  8. ^ "Annual 'Best Places to Live in Rural America' Rankings Released". Scripps Networks. February 7, 2007. Retrieved 2010-02-26. 
  9. ^ [1], Accessed 2010-02-26.

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Coordinates: 42°22′52″N 95°06′46″W / 42.38111°N 95.11278°W / 42.38111; -95.11278