Howard County, Iowa

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Howard County
Howard County Courthouse
Map of Iowa highlighting Howard County
Location within the U.S. state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 43°21′27″N 92°18′56″W / 43.3575°N 92.315555555556°W / 43.3575; -92.315555555556
Country United States
State Iowa
Founded1851
Named forTilghman Howard
SeatCresco
Largest cityCresco
Area
 • Total474 sq mi (1,230 km2)
 • Land473 sq mi (1,230 km2)
 • Water0.4 sq mi (1 km2)  0.08%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total9,469
 • Density20/sq mi (7.7/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district1st
Websitehowardcounty.iowa.gov

Howard County is a county located in the US state of Iowa. As of the 2020 census, the population was 9,469.[1] The county seat is Cresco.[2] The county was founded in 1851; it was named for 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%
20209,469−1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2018[10]
Population of Howard County from US census data

2020 census[edit]

The 2020 census recorded a population of 9,469 in the county, with a population density of 19.9387/sq mi (7.6984/km2). 96.75% of the population reported being of one race. 91.69% were non-Hispanic White, 0.24% were Black, 2.72% were Hispanic, 0.51% were Native American, 0.29% were Asian, 0.07% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 4.48% were some other race or more than one race. There were 4,314 housing units, of which 3,945 were occupied.[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, in the last full week of June. This celebration originated in 1858, and three fairs were celebrated before being interrupted by the American Civil War. They resumed from 1866 through 1899, and were resumed in 1923 under aegis of the present directorship.[13]

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Population ranking[edit]

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

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2020 Census)
1 Cresco City 3,888
2 Riceville (partially in Mitchell County) City 806
3 Elma City 505
4 Lime Springs City 473
5 Protivin (partially in Chickasaw County) City 269
6 Chester City 139

Notable people[edit]

Politics[edit]

Through much of its history Howard County has been a swing county in US presidential elections.

United States presidential election results for Howard County, Iowa[14][15]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 3,127 63.07% 1,772 35.74% 59 1.19%
2016 2,611 57.27% 1,677 36.78% 271 5.94%
2012 1,795 38.64% 2,768 59.59% 82 1.77%
2008 1,722 36.41% 2,941 62.19% 66 1.40%
2004 2,028 43.18% 2,614 55.65% 55 1.17%
2000 1,922 42.80% 2,426 54.02% 143 3.18%
1996 1,528 34.69% 2,303 52.28% 574 13.03%
1992 1,516 31.18% 2,099 43.17% 1,247 25.65%
1988 1,970 45.55% 2,330 53.87% 25 0.58%
1984 2,718 55.49% 2,135 43.59% 45 0.92%
1980 2,975 53.35% 2,214 39.71% 387 6.94%
1976 2,618 46.62% 2,917 51.94% 81 1.44%
1972 2,980 54.37% 2,439 44.50% 62 1.13%
1968 3,141 53.90% 2,420 41.53% 266 4.56%
1964 2,360 38.00% 3,841 61.84% 10 0.16%
1960 3,378 49.79% 3,406 50.21% 0 0.00%
1956 3,491 52.85% 3,106 47.02% 8 0.12%
1952 4,305 62.56% 2,564 37.26% 12 0.17%
1948 2,630 43.19% 3,378 55.47% 82 1.35%
1944 2,961 48.43% 3,132 51.23% 21 0.34%
1940 3,714 50.16% 3,675 49.63% 16 0.22%
1936 2,947 41.52% 3,861 54.40% 290 4.09%
1932 2,426 36.44% 4,176 62.72% 56 0.84%
1928 3,375 51.18% 3,193 48.42% 26 0.39%
1924 2,850 47.67% 1,604 26.83% 1,525 25.51%
1920 3,601 66.46% 1,717 31.69% 100 1.85%
1916 1,562 48.86% 1,560 48.80% 75 2.35%
1912 750 23.92% 1,416 45.17% 969 30.91%
1908 1,530 50.10% 1,408 46.10% 116 3.80%
1904 1,823 59.93% 1,096 36.03% 123 4.04%
1900 1,944 56.30% 1,420 41.12% 89 2.58%
1896 1,929 55.24% 1,507 43.16% 56 1.60%

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. ^ "Howard County, Iowa - History". Howard County, Iowa. Retrieved March 6, 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. 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 7, 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. ^ About the Society
  14. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  15. ^ "2020 Iowa President Election Results". desmoinesregister.com. Retrieved February 3, 2021.

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