Iowa County, Wisconsin

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Iowa County, Wisconsin
Iowa County Courthouse.jpg
Iowa County Courthouse in March 2013
Map of Wisconsin highlighting Iowa County
Location in the U.S. state of Wisconsin
Map of the United States highlighting Wisconsin
Wisconsin's location in the U.S.
Founded 1830
Named for Iowa people
Seat Dodgeville
Largest city Dodgeville
Area
 • Total 768 sq mi (1,989 km2)
 • Land 763 sq mi (1,976 km2)
 • Water 5.4 sq mi (14 km2), 0.7%
Population
 • (2010) 23,687
 • Density 31/sq mi (12/km2)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC−6/−5
Website www.iowacounty.org

Iowa County is a county in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,687.[1] Its county seat and largest city is Dodgeville.[2] When created, it was part of the Michigan Territory.

Iowa County is part of the Madison, Wisconsin, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Pendarvis House (left) and Trelawny House (right) at the Pendarvis historic site
Mineral Point high street

The county organized under the Michigan Territory government[3][4] in 1830.[5] It was named for the Iowa tribe.[6][7]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 768 square miles (1,990 km2), of which 763 square miles (1,980 km2) is land and 5.4 square miles (14 km2) (0.7%) is water.[8] It is drained by tributaries of the Pecatonica River,[9] which has its headwaters in the county.

Rivers and streams[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Airport[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Iowa County.
Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 3,978
1850 9,525 139.4%
1860 18,967 99.1%
1870 24,544 29.4%
1880 23,628 −3.7%
1890 22,117 −6.4%
1900 23,114 4.5%
1910 22,497 −2.7%
1920 21,504 −4.4%
1930 20,039 −6.8%
1940 20,595 2.8%
1950 19,610 −4.8%
1960 19,631 0.1%
1970 19,306 −1.7%
1980 19,802 2.6%
1990 20,150 1.8%
2000 22,780 13.1%
2010 23,687 4.0%
Est. 2016 23,654 [10] −0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
1790–1960[12] 1900–1990[13]
1990–2000[14] 2010–2014[1]

As of the census[15] of 2000, there were 22,780 people, 8,764 households, and 6,213 families residing in the county. The population density was 30 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 9,579 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.70% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. 0.33% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 33.6% were of German, 17.2% Norwegian, 11.6% English, 11.3% Irish and 7.9% American ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 8,764 households, out of which 34.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.50% were married couples living together, 7.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.10% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.10% under the age of 18, 6.60% from 18 to 24, 30.40% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 13.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 99.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.70 males.

Parks and recreation[edit]

The county has several parks, including Arena Pines-Sand Barrens State Natural Area, Arena Pines-Sand Barrens State Natural Area, Pine Cliff State Natural Area, Blue Mound State Park, Tower Hill State Park, Black Hawk Lake Recreation Area and Governor Dodge State Park.[16][17]

Communities[edit]

Iowa County Department of Transportation building in Dodgeville

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated place[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Ghost towns[edit]

Notable people[edit]

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[19]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 39.2% 4,809 54.3% 6,669 6.5% 797
2012 34.2% 4,287 64.7% 8,105 1.1% 142
2008 32.0% 3,829 66.7% 7,987 1.3% 153
2004 42.6% 5,348 56.8% 7,122 0.6% 72
2000 40.0% 4,221 55.4% 5,842 4.5% 478
1996 32.1% 2,866 52.6% 4,690 15.3% 1,360
1992 32.4% 3,288 44.0% 4,467 23.6% 2,396
1988 49.6% 4,240 49.9% 4,268 0.5% 40
1984 56.0% 4,983 43.2% 3,843 0.8% 71
1980 45.2% 4,068 46.2% 4,154 8.6% 770
1976 48.3% 4,195 49.0% 4,252 2.7% 231
1972 57.5% 4,387 41.1% 3,131 1.4% 108
1968 54.0% 4,005 39.1% 2,897 6.9% 511
1964 41.4% 3,275 58.4% 4,620 0.2% 12
1960 59.2% 5,143 40.8% 3,547 0.1% 4
1956 61.8% 5,201 37.7% 3,176 0.5% 40
1952 69.4% 6,211 30.4% 2,722 0.2% 19
1948 48.1% 3,745 50.3% 3,917 1.7% 132
1944 56.0% 4,608 43.6% 3,585 0.4% 35
1940 54.5% 4,978 44.0% 4,025 1.5% 137
1936 39.8% 3,623 54.9% 4,988 5.3% 483
1932 39.6% 3,113 58.8% 4,621 1.6% 122
1928 63.3% 5,484 36.1% 3,129 0.7% 56
1924 40.1% 3,291 8.4% 689 51.5% 4,233
1920 81.4% 5,428 14.1% 942 4.5% 297
1916 48.8% 2,271 47.9% 2,230 3.3% 155
1912 40.3% 1,886 44.9% 2,103 14.8% 695
1908 56.2% 2,986 39.1% 2,077 4.7% 252
1904 64.6% 3,328 31.8% 1,639 3.6% 186
1900 62.5% 3,270 33.3% 1,743 4.2% 218
1896 57.4% 3,115 38.0% 2,060 4.6% 250
1892 45.5% 2,274 46.8% 2,336 7.7% 385

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 11, 2011. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Iowa County Wisconsin". Wisconsin Travel. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ Pioneer Lawmakers' Association of Iowa (1894). Reunion. G.H. Ragsdal. p. 32. 
  5. ^ "Wisconsin: Individual County Chronologies". Wisconsin Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2007. Retrieved August 13, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Profile for Iowa County, Wisconsin, WI". ePodunk. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Term: Iowa County [origin of place name]". Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  8. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved August 5, 2015. 
  9. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Ripley, George; Dana, Charles A., eds. (1879). "Iowa. I. A S. W. county of Wisconsin". The American Cyclopædia. 
  10. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  11. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved August 5, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved August 5, 2015. 
  13. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 5, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved August 5, 2015. 
  15. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  16. ^ "Iowa County, Wisconsin (WI)". City-Data.com. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Iowa County Attractions". explore Wisconsin. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  18. ^ "LAWS, Gilbert Lafayette, (1838 - 1907)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  19. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

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Coordinates: 43°00′N 90°08′W / 43.00°N 90.13°W / 43.00; -90.13