Tama County, Iowa

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Tama County, Iowa
Tama county courthouse.jpg
Map of Iowa highlighting Tama County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Founded 1843
Named for Taimah
Seat Toledo
Largest city Tama
Area
 • Total 722.37 sq mi (1,871 km2)
 • Land 721.30 sq mi (1,868 km2)
 • Water 1.07 sq mi (3 km2), 0.15%
Population
 • (2010) 17,676
 • Density 24.6/sq mi (9.5/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.tamacounty.org
Taimah, from A.R. Fulton's Red Men of Iowa 1882

Tama County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 17,767 in the 2010 census, a decline from 18,103 in 2000 census.[1] Its county seat is Toledo.[2]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 722.37 square miles (1,870.9 km2), of which 721.30 square miles (1,868.2 km2) (or 99.85%) is land and 1.07 square miles (2.8 km2) (or 0.15%) is water.[3]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

History[edit]

Tama County was formed on February 17, 1843.[4] It was named for Taimah, a leader of the Meskwaki Indians.[5]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 8
1860 5,285 65,962.5%
1870 16,131 205.2%
1880 21,585 33.8%
1890 22,052 2.2%
1900 24,585 11.5%
1910 22,156 −9.9%
1920 21,861 −1.3%
1930 21,987 0.6%
1940 22,428 2.0%
1950 21,688 −3.3%
1960 21,413 −1.3%
1970 20,147 −5.9%
1980 19,533 −3.0%
1990 17,419 −10.8%
2000 18,103 3.9%
2010 17,767 −1.9%
Est. 2012 17,536 −1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[7]

2010 census[edit]

The 2010 census recorded a population of 17,767 in the county, with a population density of 24.5638/sq mi (9.4841/km2). There were 7,766 housing units, of which 6,947 were occupied.[1]

2000 census[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Tama County

As of the census [8] of 2000, there were 17,767 people, 7,018 households, and 4,968 families residing in the county. The population density was 25 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 7,583 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.38% White, 0.25% Black or African American, 6.09% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.90% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. 3.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,018 households out of which 31.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.20% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.20% were non-families. 25.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.60% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 25.20% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 18.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,419, and the median income for a family was $43,646. Males had a median income of $30,723 versus $22,597 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,097. About 7.60% of families and 10.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.50% of those under age 18 and 9.40% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Tama County is served by 4 school districts. The largest is South Tama Community School District, at the 3A designation. Second largest is North Tama Community Schools, followed by GMG School District. Lastly is the Meskwaki Settlement School with a 8-man Designation.[9][10][11][12]

Notable natives[edit]

Communities[edit]

Meskwaki Settlement water tower

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Tama County is divided into twenty-one townships:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Occupancy Status: 2010 - State -- County". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved March 26, 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. ^ City Community Description Congressional district Overview Population District type Geographical location/Climate Closest major city Political structure History Cultural institutions/events Distinguishing features Existing ties with Russia
  5. ^ Tama County
  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. 
  9. ^ South Tama County | Home of the Trojans! Web. 26 Mar. 2011.<http://www.s-tama.k12.ia.us/>
  10. ^ Meskwaki Settlement School. Web. 26 Mar. 2011.<http://www.msswarriors.org/>
  11. ^ Welcome to North Tama County Community Schools. Web. 26 Mar. 2011.<http://www.n-tama.k12.ia.us/>
  12. ^ New Page 1. Web. 26 Mar. 2011.<http://www.garwin.k12.ia.us/>.
  13. ^ "Michael Emerson (I) - Biography." The Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Web. 27 Mar. 2011. <http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0256237/bio>.

External links[edit]

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Coordinates: 42°04′43″N 92°31′53″W / 42.07861°N 92.53139°W / 42.07861; -92.53139