Webster County, Iowa

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Webster County, Iowa
Webster co iowa courthhouse.jpg
Courthouse located in Fort Dodge is on the NRHP
Map of Iowa highlighting Webster 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 Daniel Webster
Seat Fort Dodge
Largest city Fort Dodge
Area
 • Total 718.05 sq mi (1,860 km2)
 • Land 715.23 sq mi (1,852 km2)
 • Water 2.82 sq mi (7 km2), 0.39%
Population
 • (2010) 38,013
 • Density 53/sq mi (20/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.webstercountyia.org

Webster County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 38,013 in the 2010 census, a decline from 40,235 in the 2000 census.[1] The county seat is Fort Dodge.[2]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 718.05 square miles (1,859.7 km2), of which 715.23 square miles (1,852.4 km2) (or 99.61%) is land and 2.82 square miles (7.3 km2) (or 0.39%) is water.[3]

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Adjacent counties[edit]

History[edit]

Webster County was established January 15, 1851. It was named after Daniel Webster, an American statesman.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 2,504
1870 10,484 318.7%
1880 15,951 52.1%
1890 21,582 35.3%
1900 31,757 47.1%
1910 34,629 9.0%
1920 37,611 8.6%
1930 40,425 7.5%
1940 41,521 2.7%
1950 44,241 6.6%
1960 47,810 8.1%
1970 48,391 1.2%
1980 45,953 −5.0%
1990 40,342 −12.2%
2000 40,235 −0.3%
2010 38,013 −5.5%
Est. 2012 37,273 −1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[5]

2010 census[edit]

The 2010 census recorded a population of 38,013 in the county, with a population density of 53.1479/sq mi (20.5205/km2). There were 17,035 housing units, of which 15,580 were occupied.[1]

2000 census[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Webster County

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 40,235 people, 15,878 households, and 10,304 families residing in the county. The population density was 56 people per square mile (22/km²). There were 16,969 housing units at an average density of 24 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.39% White, 3.39% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.10% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. 2.35% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 15,878 households out of which 30.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.80% were married couples living together, 9.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.10% were non-families. 30.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 11.10% from 18 to 24, 25.50% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from 45 to 64, and 17.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 100.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,334, and the median income for a family was $43,772. Males had a median income of $31,047 versus $23,042 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,857. About 6.70% of families and 10.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.30% of those under age 18 and 7.00% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  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. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 42°25′34″N 94°11′19″W / 42.42611°N 94.18861°W / 42.42611; -94.18861