Fremont County, Iowa

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Fremont County
Fremont County Courthouse
Fremont County Courthouse
Map of Iowa highlighting Fremont County
Location within the U.S. state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 40°44′38″N 95°36′31″W / 40.743888888889°N 95.608611111111°W / 40.743888888889; -95.608611111111
Country United States
State Iowa
Founded1847
Named forJohn C. Fremont
SeatSidney
Largest cityHamburg
Area
 • Total517 sq mi (1,340 km2)
 • Land511 sq mi (1,320 km2)
 • Water5.5 sq mi (14 km2)  1.1%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total6,605
 • Density13/sq mi (4.9/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitewww.fremontcountyia.gov

Fremont County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2020 census the population was 6,605, making it the state's seventh-least populous county.[1] The county seat is Sidney.[2] The county was formed in 1847 and named for the military officer John C. Fremont.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 517 square miles (1,340 km2), of which 511 square miles (1,320 km2) is land and 5.5 square miles (14 km2) (1.1%) is water.[4]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

History[edit]

Fremont County was impacted by the 2019 Midwestern U.S. floods. Buyouts are under discussion for residents in Hamburg and McPaul.[5]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18501,244
18605,074307.9%
187011,174120.2%
188017,65258.0%
189016,842−4.6%
190018,54610.1%
191015,623−15.8%
192015,447−1.1%
193015,5330.6%
194014,645−5.7%
195012,323−15.9%
196010,282−16.6%
19709,282−9.7%
19809,4011.3%
19908,226−12.5%
20008,010−2.6%
20107,441−7.1%
20206,605−11.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2018[10]
Population of Fremont County from US census data

2020 census[edit]

The 2020 census recorded a population of 6,605 in the county, with a population density of 12.7663/sq mi (4.9291/km2). 95.65% of the population reported being of one race. 91.01% were non-Hispanic White, 0.17% were Black, 2.88% were Hispanic, 0.29% were Native American, 0.17% were Asian, 0.08% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 5.42% were some other race or more than one race. There were 3,110 housing units, of which 2,720 were occupied.[1]

2010 census[edit]

The 2010 census recorded a population of 7,441 in the county, with a population density of 14.5599/sq mi (5.6216/km2). There were 3,431 housing units, of which 3,064 were occupied.[11]

2000 census[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Fremont County

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 8,010 people, 3,199 households, and 2,242 families residing in the county. The population density was 16 people per square mile (6/km2). There were 3,514 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.01% White, 0.04% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.96% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. 2.17% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,199 households, out of which 30.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.90% were married couples living together, 8.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.90% were non-families. 26.30% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 25.10% under the age of 18, 6.00% from 18 to 24, 24.30% from 25 to 44, 24.70% from 45 to 64, and 19.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 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 $38,345, and the median income for a family was $46,547. Males had a median income of $30,822 versus $23,003 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,081. About 6.50% of families and 9.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.40% of those under age 18 and 10.70% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Other unincorporated places[edit]

Townships[edit]

Fremont County is divided into thirteen townships:

Population ranking[edit]

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2020 census of Fremont County.[1]

county seat

Rank City, town, etc. Municipal type Population (2020 Census)
1 Sidney City 1,070
2 Hamburg City 890
3 Tabor (partially in Mills County) City 928 (1,014 total)
4 Farragut City 490
5 Riverton City 245
6 Randolph City 189
7 Thurman City 167
8 Percival CDP 53
9 Imogene City 39
10 Anderson CDP 37
11 Bartlett CDP 5
12 Shenandoah (mostly in Page County) City 0 (4,925 total)

Politics[edit]

Prior to 1944, Fremont County was a swing county in presidential elections, voting for the national winner in every election from 1904 to 1940. Starting with the 1944 election, the county has become a Republican Party stronghold, only failing to back a Republican presidential candidate in 1964 amidst Lyndon B. Johnson's national landslide.

United States presidential election results for Fremont County, Iowa[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 2,711 70.29% 1,080 28.00% 66 1.71%
2016 2,407 66.95% 963 26.79% 225 6.26%
2012 1,972 53.76% 1,637 44.63% 59 1.61%
2008 1,989 51.05% 1,848 47.43% 59 1.51%
2004 2,362 60.39% 1,510 38.61% 39 1.00%
2000 2,069 57.22% 1,459 40.35% 88 2.43%
1996 1,576 44.24% 1,481 41.58% 505 14.18%
1992 1,459 37.31% 1,422 36.36% 1,030 26.34%
1988 1,946 55.17% 1,547 43.86% 34 0.96%
1984 2,686 64.77% 1,426 34.39% 35 0.84%
1980 2,693 65.19% 1,203 29.12% 235 5.69%
1976 2,163 51.80% 1,964 47.03% 49 1.17%
1972 2,642 67.62% 1,210 30.97% 55 1.41%
1968 2,385 55.85% 1,484 34.75% 401 9.39%
1964 2,044 42.93% 2,703 56.77% 14 0.29%
1960 3,027 56.73% 2,307 43.23% 2 0.04%
1956 3,241 58.81% 2,254 40.90% 16 0.29%
1952 3,802 64.51% 2,085 35.37% 7 0.12%
1948 2,698 50.17% 2,637 49.03% 43 0.80%
1944 3,113 52.97% 2,747 46.74% 17 0.29%
1940 3,825 49.27% 3,914 50.41% 25 0.32%
1936 3,291 43.21% 4,301 56.47% 25 0.33%
1932 2,339 33.47% 4,585 65.60% 65 0.93%
1928 3,597 55.71% 2,822 43.70% 38 0.59%
1924 3,313 53.24% 2,525 40.58% 385 6.19%
1920 3,776 59.33% 2,524 39.66% 64 1.01%
1916 1,732 44.38% 2,085 53.42% 86 2.20%
1912 973 26.30% 1,762 47.63% 964 26.06%
1908 1,949 48.63% 1,979 49.38% 80 2.00%
1904 2,227 56.94% 1,511 38.63% 173 4.42%
1900 2,170 46.59% 2,399 51.50% 89 1.91%
1896 1,948 40.21% 2,857 58.97% 40 0.83%


Education[edit]

School districts include:[14]

Former school districts:[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "2020 Census State Redistricting Data". census.gov. United states Census Bureau. Retrieved August 12, 2021.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 132.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  5. ^ Norvell, Kim (October 9, 2019). "205 days and counting: For western Iowa, recovery from historic flooding remains a long way off". Des Moines Register. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  10. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  11. ^ "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved May 11, 2011.[dead link]
  12. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  13. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  14. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Fremont County, IA" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 18, 2022. - Text list
  15. ^ "SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP (2010 CENSUS): Fremont County, IA" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 18, 2022. - Text list

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Coordinates: 40°44′38″N 95°36′31″W / 40.74389°N 95.60861°W / 40.74389; -95.60861