Dallas County, Iowa

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Dallas County, Iowa
Dallas County Courthouse.jpg
Map of Iowa highlighting Dallas County
Location in the U.S. state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Founded13 January 1846
Named forGeorge M. Dallas
SeatAdel
Largest cityWaukee
Area
 • Total592 sq mi (1,533 km2)
 • Land588 sq mi (1,523 km2)
 • Water3.3 sq mi (9 km2), 0.5%
Population
 • (2010)66,135
 • Density112/sq mi (43/km2)
Congressional district3rd
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5

Dallas County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 66,135.[1] Its county seat is Adel.[2] The county was named for George M. Dallas, Vice President of the United States under James K. Polk, the namesake of neighboring Polk County.

Dallas County is included in the Des MoinesWest Des Moines, IA Metropolitan Statistical Area.[3]

History[edit]

The land that now forms Dallas County was ceded by the Sac and Fox nation to the United States in a treaty signed on 11 October 1842.

On 13 January 1846, the legislative body of the Indiana Territory authorized creation of twelve counties in the Iowa Territory,[4] with general descriptions of their boundaries.[5] Dallas County's name referred to United States Vice President George M. Dallas, who served from 1845 to 1849.

In 1847 the county residents voted to designate Penoch as the county seat (the name was changed to Adel in 1849). The county's population grew rapidly, with settlers coming to claim homesteads. By 1870 the population had crossed the 12,000 mark.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 592 square miles (1,530 km2), of which 588 square miles (1,520 km2) is land and 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2) (0.5%) is water.[6]

Major highways[edit]

  • I-80.svg Interstate 80 – runs ENE across southern portion of county, passing Dexter and De Soto on its way to Des Moines
  • US 6.svg US Highway 6 – from its starting point in Adel, runs east across midsection of county on its way to Des Moines
  • US 169 (IA).svg US Highway 169 – runs north-south through center of county, from Bouton to Adel to De Soto
  • Iowa 17.svg Iowa Highway 17 – from its starting point (intersection w Iowa 141) at Granger, runs north along the county's east boundary line, into Boone County
  • Iowa 44.svg Iowa Highway 44 – runs east-west through center of county, through Dallas Center
  • Iowa 141.svg Iowa Highway 141 – runs east across northern portion of county, through Dawson, Perry, Bouton and Woodward, then SE to exit into Polk County at Granger
  • Iowa 144.svg Iowa Highway 144 - from its starting point (intersection w Iowa 141) at Perry, runs north into Boone County
  • Iowa 210.svg Iowa Highway 210 – from its starting point (intersection w Iowa 141), runs north to Woodward and continues into Boone County[7]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850854
18605,244514.1%
187012,019129.2%
188018,74656.0%
189020,4799.2%
190023,05812.6%
191023,6282.5%
192025,1206.3%
193025,4931.5%
194024,649−3.3%
195023,661−4.0%
196024,1232.0%
197026,0858.1%
198029,51313.1%
199029,7550.8%
200040,75037.0%
201066,13562.3%
Est. 201684,516[8]27.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
1790-1960[10] 1900-1990[11]
1990-2000[12] 2010-2013[1]

2010 census[edit]

The 2010 census recorded a population of 66,135 in the county, with a population density of 112.7698/sq mi (43.5407/km2). There were 27,260 housing units, of which 25,240 were occupied.[13]

2000 census[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Dallas County

As of the census[14] of 2000, there were 40,750 people, 15,584 households, and 11,173 families residing in the county. The population density was 70 people per square mile (27/km²). There were 16,529 housing units at an average density of 28 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.75% White, 0.74% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.69% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.79% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. 5.40% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 15,584 households out of which 37.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.60% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.30% were non-families. 23.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.20% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 32.10% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from 45 to 64, and 11.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $48,528, and the median income for a family was $58,293. Males had a median income of $37,243 versus $27,026 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,970. About 4.00% of families and 5.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.10% of those under age 18 and 7.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

‡ partly in Polk County

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Population ranking[edit]

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Dallas County.[15]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)

1 West Des Moines (mostly in Polk County) City 56,609
2 Urbandale (partially in Polk County) City 39,463
3 Clive (partially in Polk County) City 15,447
4 Waukee City 13,790
5 Grimes (mostly in Polk County) City 8,246
6 Perry City 7,702
7 Adel City 3,682
8 Dallas Center City 1,623
9 Granger (partially in Polk County) City 1,244
10 De Soto City 1,050
11 Woodward City 1,024
12 Van Meter City 1,016
13 Redfield City 835
14 Dexter City 611
15 Minburn City 365
16 Linden City 199
17 Dawson City 131
18 Bouton City 129

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results
Presidential Elections Results[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 50.6% 19,339 41.1% 15,701 8.4% 3,212
2012 55.1% 20,988 43.5% 16,576 1.5% 552
2008 51.9% 16,954 46.4% 15,149 1.7% 540
2004 57.8% 15,183 41.5% 10,917 0.7% 193
2000 53.3% 10,306 44.3% 8,561 2.4% 463
1996 41.5% 6,647 50.1% 8,017 8.4% 1,346
1992 37.6% 5,587 44.1% 6,554 18.3% 2,720
1988 39.1% 4,858 60.4% 7,501 0.5% 60
1984 47.9% 6,080 51.7% 6,564 0.5% 63
1980 48.6% 6,296 41.0% 5,310 10.5% 1,358
1976 43.3% 5,308 54.9% 6,722 1.8% 217
1972 53.7% 6,143 44.5% 5,085 1.8% 208
1968 49.2% 5,549 44.9% 5,062 6.0% 676
1964 33.4% 3,763 66.1% 7,447 0.5% 52
1960 53.9% 6,566 46.0% 5,597 0.1% 13
1956 56.1% 6,619 43.9% 5,185 0.0% 2
1952 63.5% 8,008 35.7% 4,501 0.8% 101
1948 44.5% 4,810 52.3% 5,661 3.2% 348
1944 49.8% 5,413 48.9% 5,316 1.2% 135
1940 49.2% 6,218 49.7% 6,279 1.0% 131
1936 45.5% 5,442 53.0% 6,341 1.6% 190
1932 47.0% 4,516 50.9% 4,887 2.2% 208
1928 69.7% 7,294 29.7% 3,108 0.6% 58
1924 62.0% 6,359 9.1% 933 28.9% 2,969
1920 70.6% 6,677 27.3% 2,577 2.1% 200
1916 52.4% 2,900 45.1% 2,495 2.6% 143
1912 34.8% 1,825 32.7% 1,718 32.5% 1,706
1908 59.9% 3,132 35.8% 1,871 4.3% 222
1904 70.0% 3,499 23.2% 1,159 6.8% 341
1900 62.4% 3,601 33.6% 1,940 4.1% 234
1896 57.9% 3,326 40.3% 2,316 1.8% 105

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 9 July 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 31 May 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ United States Office of Management and Budget. "Update of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses" (PDF). pp. 5, 36. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 May 2006. Retrieved 21 July 2006.
  4. ^ The counties were Boone, Clarke, Dallas, Decatur, Jasper, Lucas, Madison, Marshall, Polk, Story, Warren, and Wayne.
  5. ^ The History of Polk County, Iowa: Containing a History of the County, Its Cities, Towns, &c. Union Historical Co. 1880. pp. 419, 425.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". US Census Bureau. 12 February 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  7. ^ Dallas County, Iowa Google Maps (accessed 20 August 2018)
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 12 May 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
  11. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". US Census Bureau. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). US Census Bureau. Retrieved 16 July 2014.
  13. ^ "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010". US Census Bureau – American FactFinder. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
  14. ^ "American FactFinder". US Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 11 September 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 December 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  16. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 25 April 2018.

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Coordinates: 41°40′58″N 94°02′06″W / 41.68278°N 94.03500°W / 41.68278; -94.03500