Greene County, Iowa

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Greene County
Greene County Courthouse
Greene County Courthouse
Map of Iowa highlighting Greene County
Location within the U.S. state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 42°02′07″N 94°23′44″W / 42.035277777778°N 94.395555555556°W / 42.035277777778; -94.395555555556
Country United States
State Iowa
Founded1851
Named forNathanael Greene
SeatJefferson
Largest cityJefferson
Area
 • Total571 sq mi (1,480 km2)
 • Land570 sq mi (1,500 km2)
 • Water1.6 sq mi (4 km2)  0.3%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total8,771
 • Density15/sq mi (5.9/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district4th
Websitewww.co.greene.ia.us

Greene County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2020 census, the population was 8,771.[1] The county seat is Jefferson.[2] The county is named in honor of General Nathanael Greene.[3]

History[edit]

Greene County was formed on January 15, 1851, and from 1854, self-governed. It was named after General Nathanael Greene, a hero in the Revolutionary War.[4] The first settler was Truman Davis. He settled on the Raccoon River. The first courthouse was built in 1856 from wood. Previously court was held in a log cabin southeast of Jefferson. The second courthouse, of red brick, was built in 1870. The present Greene County Courthouse used today was built in 1917.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 571 square miles (1,480 km2), of which 570 square miles (1,500 km2) is land and 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) (0.3%) is water.[5]

Soils of Greene County

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18601,374
18704,627236.8%
188012,727175.1%
189015,79724.1%
190017,82012.8%
191016,023−10.1%
192016,4672.8%
193016,5280.4%
194016,5990.4%
195015,544−6.4%
196014,379−7.5%
197012,716−11.6%
198012,119−4.7%
199010,045−17.1%
200010,3663.2%
20109,336−9.9%
20208,771−6.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900–1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010–2018[10]
Population of Greene County from US census data

2020 census[edit]

The 2020 census recorded a population of 8,771 in the county, with a population density of 15.3492/sq mi (5.9264/km2). 96.21% of the population reported being of one race. 91.23% were non-Hispanic White, 0.32% were Black, 2.92% were Hispanic, 0.18% were Native American, 0.57% were Asian, 0.01% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 4.77% were some other race or more than one race. There were 4,309 housing units, of which 3,802 were occupied.[1]

2010 census[edit]

The 2010 census recorded a population of 9,336 in the county, with a population density of 16.4248/sq mi (6.3416/km2). There were 4,546 housing units, of which 3,996 were occupied.[11]

2000 census[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Greene County

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 10,366 people, 4,205 households, and 2,859 families residing in the county. The population density was 18 people per square mile (7/km2). There were 4,623 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.16% White, 0.14% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.67% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. 1.66% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,205 households, out of which 30.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.30% were married couples living together, 7.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.00% were non-families. 29.10% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 25.60% under the age of 18, 6.10% from 18 to 24, 24.30% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 21.60% 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 89.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,883, and the median income for a family was $41,230. Males had a median income of $29,076 versus $21,657 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,866. About 4.80% of families and 8.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.90% of those under age 18 and 7.80% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Unincorporated community[edit]

Townships[edit]

Population ranking[edit]

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

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2020 Census)
1 Jefferson City 4,182
2 Grand Junction City 725
3 Scranton City 511
4 Churdan City 365
5 Rippey City 220
6 Paton City 221
7 Ralston (partially in Carroll County) City 81
8 Dana City 38

Notable people[edit]

Politics[edit]

United States presidential election results for Greene County, Iowa[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 3,223 63.73% 1,769 34.98% 65 1.29%
2016 2,820 58.49% 1,691 35.08% 310 6.43%
2012 2,380 49.11% 2,375 49.01% 91 1.88%
2008 2,349 48.90% 2,371 49.35% 84 1.75%
2004 2,618 51.20% 2,459 48.09% 36 0.70%
2000 2,282 48.36% 2,301 48.76% 136 2.88%
1996 1,861 38.78% 2,519 52.49% 419 8.73%
1992 1,952 36.47% 2,422 45.25% 979 18.29%
1988 2,091 40.49% 3,011 58.31% 62 1.20%
1984 2,579 46.44% 2,831 50.97% 144 2.59%
1980 3,154 53.11% 2,210 37.21% 575 9.68%
1976 2,811 46.94% 3,094 51.66% 84 1.40%
1972 3,371 59.35% 2,152 37.89% 157 2.76%
1968 3,208 55.93% 2,208 38.49% 320 5.58%
1964 2,141 35.77% 3,828 63.95% 17 0.28%
1960 4,063 58.43% 2,879 41.40% 12 0.17%
1956 4,255 59.41% 2,802 39.12% 105 1.47%
1952 5,378 69.62% 2,228 28.84% 119 1.54%
1948 3,059 48.63% 2,946 46.84% 285 4.53%
1944 3,437 54.88% 2,797 44.66% 29 0.46%
1940 3,920 52.22% 3,566 47.51% 20 0.27%
1936 3,384 44.77% 3,961 52.40% 214 2.83%
1932 2,360 44.71% 2,747 52.05% 171 3.24%
1928 4,299 67.84% 2,007 31.67% 31 0.49%
1924 4,599 66.76% 790 11.47% 1,500 21.77%
1920 5,102 78.98% 1,303 20.17% 55 0.85%
1916 2,345 60.85% 1,455 37.75% 54 1.40%
1912 1,324 37.17% 980 27.51% 1,258 35.32%
1908 2,574 67.28% 1,152 30.11% 100 2.61%
1904 2,583 70.27% 908 24.70% 185 5.03%
1900 2,777 65.88% 1,360 32.27% 78 1.85%
1896 2,606 60.80% 1,629 38.01% 51 1.19%

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. ^ Stillman, Edwin B. (1907). Past and Present of Greene County, Iowa. Brookhaven Press. p. 23.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 143.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  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 29, 2011. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  11. ^ "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010" (PDF). United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved August 15, 2022.
  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.

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