Wright County, Iowa

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Wright County, Iowa
Wright County Courthouse.JPG
Map of Iowa highlighting Wright 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 Silas Wright
Seat Clarion
Largest city Eagle Grove
Area
 • Total 582.54 sq mi (1,509 km2)
 • Land 580.72 sq mi (1,504 km2)
 • Water 1.82 sq mi (5 km2), 0.31%
Population
 • (2010) 13,229
 • Density 23/sq mi (9/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.wrightcounty.org

Wright County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 13,229 in the 2010 census, a decline from 14,334 in the 2000 census.[1] The county seat is Clarion.[2]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 582.54 square miles (1,508.8 km2), of which 580.72 square miles (1,504.1 km2) (or 99.69%) is land and 1.82 square miles (4.7 km2) (or 0.31%) is water.[3] The terrain is generally undulating. The county is intersected by the Boone and Iowa rivers[4]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

History[edit]

Wright County was formed on January 15, 1851. It was named after Silas Wright, a Governor of New York and for Joseph Albert Wright, a Governor of Indiana.[5]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 2,392
1880 5,062 111.6%
1890 12,057 138.2%
1900 18,227 51.2%
1910 17,951 −1.5%
1920 20,348 13.4%
1930 20,216 −0.6%
1940 20,038 −0.9%
1950 19,652 −1.9%
1960 19,447 −1.0%
1970 17,294 −11.1%
1980 16,319 −5.6%
1990 14,269 −12.6%
2000 14,334 0.5%
2010 13,229 −7.7%
Est. 2012 12,991 −1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[7]

2010 census[edit]

The 2010 census recorded a population of 13,229 in the county, with a population density of 22.7803/sq mi (8.7955/km2). There were 6,529 housing units, of which 5,625 were occupied.[1]

2000 census[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Wright County

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 14,334 people, 5,940 households, and 3,938 families residing in the county. The population density was 25 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 6,559 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.93% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 2.90% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. 4.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,940 households out of which 28.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.30% were married couples living together, 6.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.70% were non-families. 30.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 6.50% from 18 to 24, 24.50% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 21.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 96.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,197, and the median income for a family was $44,043. Males had a median income of $29,398 versus $21,222 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,247. About 4.20% of families and 7.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.70% of those under age 18 and 6.40% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Education[edit]

Primary and secondary[edit]

There are three school districts in Wright County with three high schools:

Tertiary[edit]

Iowa State University maintains an extension office in Clarion. Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, and Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls are all within driving distance of Wright County.

Wright County Fair[edit]

The first Wright County Fair was held in Clarion. The old fairgrounds were located where Clarion's USA Healthcare Center stands today. For some unknown reason, in 1924 the fair in Clarion closed. It was moved to Goldfield in 1925 and then to its present location in Eagle Grove in 1926. The Wright County Fair was later renamed the Wright County District Junior Fair. Entries are open to children in Hamilton, Humboldt, Webster, Hardin, Franklin, and Wright counties.[11]

Newspapers[edit]

Several small newspapers are published in Wright County, including the "Eagle Grove Eagle" of Eagle Grove Other newspapers include the Wright County Monitor, the Belmond Independent, and the Clarion Monthly.

Politics[edit]

Presidential Election Results 2000-2008
Year Democratic Republican
2008 48.51% 3,102 50.1% 3,198
2004 44.37% 2,930 54.99% 3,631
2000 44.13% 2,796 53.41% 3,384

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Coordinates: 42°43′59″N 93°44′08″W / 42.73306°N 93.73556°W / 42.73306; -93.73556