Howard County, Iowa

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Howard County, Iowa
HowardCountyCourthouseCrescoIowa.jpg
Map of Iowa highlighting Howard County
Location in the U.S. state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Founded 1851
Named for Tilghman Howard
Seat Cresco
Largest city Cresco
Area
 • Total 474 sq mi (1,228 km2)
 • Land 473 sq mi (1,225 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (1 km2), 0.08%
Population
 • (2010) 9,566
 • Density 20/sq mi (8/km2)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC−6/−5
Website www.co.howard.ia.us

Howard County is a county located in the US state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,566.[1] The county seat is Cresco.[2] The county was founded in 1851 and named after General Tilghman Ashurst Howard, a Representative of Indiana.[3][4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 474 square miles (1,230 km2), of which 473 square miles (1,230 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) (0.08%) is water.[5]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18603,168
18706,28298.3%
188010,83772.5%
189011,1823.2%
190014,51229.8%
191012,920−11.0%
192013,7056.1%
193013,082−4.5%
194013,5313.4%
195013,105−3.1%
196012,734−2.8%
197011,442−10.1%
198011,114−2.9%
19909,809−11.7%
20009,9321.3%
20109,566−3.7%
Est. 20169,332[6]−2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]

2010 census[edit]

The 2010 census recorded a population of 9,566 in the county, with a population density of 20.207/sq mi (7.8020/km2). There were 4,367 housing units, of which 3,944 were occupied.[11]

2000 census[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Howard County

At the 2000 census,[12] there were 9,932 people, 3,974 households and 2,650 families residing in the county. The population density was 21 per square mile (8/km²). There were 4,327 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 99.06% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. 0.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,974 households of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.8% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.03.

26.30% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 20.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.3 males.

The median household income was $34,641 and the median family income was $43,284. Males had a median income of $28,856 compared $21,367 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,842. About 5.6% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.7% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.

Events[edit]

The Mighty Howard County Fair is held annually in Cresco, traditionally in the last full week of June. In 2014, the fair celebrated its 121st year.[13]

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Population ranking[edit]

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Howard County.[14]

county seat

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

1 Cresco City 3,868
2 Riceville (partially in Mitchell County) City 785
3 Elma City 546
4 Lime Springs City 505
5 Protivin (partially in Chickasaw County) City 283
6 Chester City 127

Notable people[edit]

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results
Presidential Elections Results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 57.3% 2,611 36.8% 1,677 5.9% 271
2012 38.6% 1,795 59.6% 2,768 1.8% 82
2008 36.4% 1,722 62.2% 2,941 1.4% 66
2004 43.2% 2,028 55.7% 2,614 1.2% 55
2000 42.8% 1,922 54.0% 2,426 3.2% 143
1996 34.7% 1,528 52.3% 2,303 13.0% 574
1992 31.2% 1,516 43.2% 2,099 25.7% 1,247
1988 45.6% 1,970 53.9% 2,330 0.6% 25
1984 55.5% 2,718 43.6% 2,135 0.9% 45
1980 53.4% 2,975 39.7% 2,214 6.9% 387
1976 46.6% 2,618 51.9% 2,917 1.4% 81
1972 54.4% 2,980 44.5% 2,439 1.1% 62
1968 53.9% 3,141 41.5% 2,420 4.6% 266
1964 38.0% 2,360 61.8% 3,841 0.2% 10
1960 49.8% 3,378 50.2% 3,406 0.0% 0
1956 52.9% 3,491 47.0% 3,106 0.1% 8
1952 62.6% 4,305 37.3% 2,564 0.2% 12
1948 43.2% 2,630 55.5% 3,378 1.4% 82
1944 48.4% 2,961 51.2% 3,132 0.3% 21
1940 50.2% 3,714 49.6% 3,675 0.2% 16
1936 41.5% 2,947 54.4% 3,861 4.1% 290
1932 36.4% 2,426 62.7% 4,176 0.8% 56
1928 51.2% 3,375 48.4% 3,193 0.4% 26
1924 47.7% 2,850 26.8% 1,604 25.5% 1,525
1920 66.5% 3,601 31.7% 1,717 1.9% 100
1916 48.9% 1,562 48.8% 1,560 2.3% 75
1912 23.9% 750 45.2% 1,416 30.9% 969
1908 50.1% 1,530 46.1% 1,408 3.8% 116
1904 59.9% 1,823 36.0% 1,096 4.0% 123
1900 56.3% 1,944 41.1% 1,420 2.6% 89
1896 55.2% 1,929 43.2% 1,507 1.6% 56

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 11, 2011. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Howard County, Iowa - History". Howard County, Iowa. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 162. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved May 17, 2011. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  13. ^ "Mighty Howard County Fair". Howard County Fairgrounds. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 21, 2013. Retrieved September 17, 2016. 
  15. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-04-26. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°21′27″N 92°18′56″W / 43.35750°N 92.31556°W / 43.35750; -92.31556