Osceola County, Iowa

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Osceola County, Iowa
Osceola County Courthouse (Iowa).JPG
Osceola County Courthouse, July 2014
Map of Iowa highlighting Osceola County
Location in the U.S. state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Founded 1871
Named for Osceola
Seat Sibley
Largest city Sibley
Area
 • Total 399 sq mi (1,033 km2)
 • Land 399 sq mi (1,033 km2)
 • Water 0.7 sq mi (2 km2), 0.2%
Population
 • (2010) 6,462
 • Density 16/sq mi (6/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website osceolacountyia.org

Osceola County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,462.[1] It is named for Seminole war chief Osceola. The county seat is Sibley, named for H. H. Sibley of Minnesota.[2]

History[edit]

Osceola County was formed in 1871. It was named after the eponymous chief of the Seminole.[3] It is the smallest and most recent county in Iowa. In the same year the first settler arrived, Captain Eldred Huff, and laid his claim. On January 1, 1872, the county government conferred for the first time. The first courthouse, constructed of wood, was built in November of the following year and simultaneously served as the conference chamber, school and church. In September 1903, the second courthouse was finished and was wired for electricity in October, 1915.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 399 square miles (1,030 km2), of which 399 square miles (1,030 km2) is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) (0.2%) is water.[4] It is the third-smallest county in Iowa by land area and smallest by total area. The highest natural point in Iowa, Hawkeye Point at 1,670 feet (509 m), is located in Osceola County.[5]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 2,219
1890 5,574 151.2%
1900 8,725 56.5%
1910 8,956 2.6%
1920 10,223 14.1%
1930 10,182 −0.4%
1940 10,607 4.2%
1950 10,181 −4.0%
1960 10,064 −1.1%
1970 8,555 −15.0%
1980 8,371 −2.2%
1990 7,267 −13.2%
2000 7,003 −3.6%
2010 6,462 −7.7%
Est. 2016 6,064 [6] −6.2%
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 6,462 in the county, with a population density of 16.2048/sq mi (6.2567/km2). There were 2,990 housing units, of which 2,682 were occupied.[11]

2000 census[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Osceola County

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 7,003 people, 2,778 households, and 1,941 families residing in the county. The population density was 18 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 3,012 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.04% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.84% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. 1.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,778 households out of which 31.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.00% were married couples living together, 5.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.10% were non-families. 27.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.10% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 26.20% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from 45 to 64, and 18.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,274, and the median income for a family was $41,977. Males had a median income of $29,624 versus $20,522 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,463. About 6.00% of families and 7.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.90% of those under age 18 and 9.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]


Population ranking[edit]

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Osceola County.[13]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Sibley City 2,798
2 Ocheyedan City 490
3 Ashton City 458
4 Melvin City 214
5 Harris City 170

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 78.8% 2,531 17.2% 552 4.0% 130
2012 69.8% 2,230 28.6% 912 1.6% 52
2008 64.8% 2,027 33.1% 1,037 2.1% 65
2004 70.3% 2,295 28.6% 934 1.1% 37
2000 67.4% 2,064 29.8% 913 2.8% 86
1996 56.9% 1,736 33.1% 1,010 10.0% 305
1992 48.8% 1,756 27.5% 990 23.7% 854
1988 59.8% 1,951 39.1% 1,277 1.1% 36
1984 66.0% 2,285 33.1% 1,146 0.9% 32
1980 62.5% 2,177 30.2% 1,051 7.4% 258
1976 58.5% 1,955 39.2% 1,309 2.3% 77
1972 62.6% 2,262 36.4% 1,317 1.0% 37
1968 61.3% 2,516 34.6% 1,420 4.1% 166
1964 41.8% 1,798 58.1% 2,498 0.1% 5
1960 62.0% 2,965 37.9% 1,814 0.1% 3
1956 62.6% 2,986 37.3% 1,779 0.2% 7
1952 71.7% 3,573 28.0% 1,396 0.2% 12
1948 45.0% 1,772 53.9% 2,123 1.1% 44
1944 55.3% 2,100 44.5% 1,689 0.2% 9
1940 51.1% 2,425 48.3% 2,288 0.6% 29
1936 34.6% 1,539 63.2% 2,812 2.3% 102
1932 31.1% 1,190 67.6% 2,590 1.3% 49
1928 56.7% 2,085 42.6% 1,567 0.7% 26
1924 50.4% 1,876 10.4% 386 39.2% 1,459
1920 76.7% 2,717 21.3% 754 2.0% 70
1916 58.1% 1,258 40.3% 874 1.6% 35
1912 26.6% 520 40.1% 786 33.3% 652
1908 55.3% 1,000 43.0% 777 1.7% 30
1904 67.4% 1,179 31.7% 554 1.0% 17
1900 56.9% 1,106 41.1% 799 2.0% 39
1896 57.9% 1,094 40.6% 767 1.5% 28

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Chicago and North Western Railway Company (1908). A History of the Origin of the Place Names Connected with the Chicago & North Western and Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railways. p. 163. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Iowa trivia". 50states. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  13. ^ https://www.census.gov/2010census/
  14. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°22′40″N 95°37′40″W / 43.37778°N 95.62778°W / 43.37778; -95.62778