Ringgold County, Iowa

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Ringgold County, Iowa
Ringgold County IA Courthouse.jpg
Map of Iowa highlighting Ringgold County
Location in the U.S. state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Founded February 24, 1847
Named for Samuel Ringgold
Seat Mount Ayr
Largest city Mount Ayr
Area
 • Total 539 sq mi (1,396 km2)
 • Land 535 sq mi (1,386 km2)
 • Water 3.4 sq mi (9 km2), 0.6%
Population
 • (2010) 5,131
 • Density 10/sq mi (4/km2)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Central: UTC−6/−5
Website www.ringgoldcounty.us

Ringgold County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,131,[1] making it the Iowa county with the second-smallest population. The county seat is Mount Ayr.[2] The county is named after Maj. Samuel Ringgold, a hero of the Battle of Palo Alto fought in May 1846, during the Mexican–American War. It is one of the 26 Iowa counties with a name that is unique across the nation.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 539 square miles (1,400 km2), of which 535 square miles (1,390 km2) is land and 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2) (0.6%) is water.[3]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18602,923
18705,69194.7%
188012,085112.4%
189013,55612.2%
190015,32513.0%
191012,904−15.8%
192012,9190.1%
193011,966−7.4%
194011,137−6.9%
19509,528−14.4%
19607,910−17.0%
19706,373−19.4%
19806,112−4.1%
19905,420−11.3%
20005,4690.9%
20105,131−6.2%
Est. 20165,068[4]−1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1]

2010 census[edit]

The 2010 census recorded a population of 5,131 in the county, with a population density of 9.5430/sq mi (3.6846/km2). There were 2,613 housing units, of which 2,047 were occupied.[9]

2000 census[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Ringgold County

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 5,469 people, 2,245 households, and 1,537 families residing in the county. The population density was 10 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 2,789 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 99.07% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.02% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. 0.24% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,245 households out of which 27.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.70% were married couples living together, 5.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.50% were non-families. 28.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 21.40% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 24.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 94.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,110, and the median income for a family was $34,472. Males had a median income of $24,583 versus $20,606 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,023. About 9.40% of families and 14.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.40% of those under age 18 and 16.40% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Census-designated place[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Population ranking[edit]

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Ringgold County.[11]

county seat

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

1 Mount Ayr City 1,691
2 Clearfield (mostly in Taylor County) City 363
3 Diagonal City 330
4 Kellerton City 315
5 Tingley City 184
6 Sun Valley Lake CDP 161
7 Redding City 82
8 Shannon City (partially in Union County) City 71
9 Ellston City 43
10 Benton City 41
11 Maloy City 29
12 Delphos City 25
13 Beaconsfield City 15

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results
Presidential Elections Results[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 67.4% 1,824 27.8% 753 4.8% 130
2012 52.6% 1,368 45.6% 1,186 1.7% 45
2008 52.1% 1,401 46.0% 1,236 1.9% 52
2004 52.8% 1,466 46.3% 1,286 0.9% 26
2000 50.9% 1,369 46.3% 1,246 2.9% 77
1996 35.3% 967 52.5% 1,439 12.2% 334
1992 33.7% 967 46.7% 1,341 19.6% 561
1988 40.6% 1,110 58.9% 1,609 0.4% 12
1984 48.5% 1,512 51.1% 1,593 0.4% 12
1980 58.0% 1,884 35.4% 1,150 6.7% 217
1976 46.3% 1,543 52.1% 1,739 1.6% 54
1972 68.5% 2,264 30.4% 1,003 1.1% 36
1968 57.1% 1,986 35.5% 1,237 7.4% 258
1964 40.9% 1,571 58.9% 2,260 0.2% 9
1960 58.7% 2,538 41.2% 1,781 0.1% 2
1956 60.4% 2,713 39.5% 1,775 0.0% 2
1952 70.7% 3,442 28.9% 1,408 0.4% 21
1948 55.8% 2,487 43.1% 1,922 1.1% 50
1944 59.4% 2,767 40.1% 1,867 0.6% 28
1940 59.5% 3,507 40.3% 2,374 0.2% 13
1936 55.3% 3,316 43.6% 2,615 1.1% 64
1932 45.0% 2,082 53.6% 2,480 1.3% 61
1928 69.6% 3,674 29.8% 1,572 0.7% 35
1924 60.7% 3,147 17.0% 882 22.3% 1,157
1920 72.7% 3,702 26.1% 1,327 1.3% 66
1916 55.5% 1,733 43.2% 1,351 1.3% 41
1912 31.3% 916 32.7% 958 36.0% 1,054[a]
1908 61.9% 1,940 34.9% 1,092 3.2% 100
1904 69.4% 2,200 26.3% 835 4.3% 136
1900 62.2% 2,319 35.2% 1,311 2.7% 99
1896 56.5% 2,209 42.2% 1,651 1.3% 52

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The leading "other" candidate, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, received 939 votes, while Socialist candidate Eugene Debs received 70 votes, Prohibition candidate Eugene Chafin received 45 votes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 12 February 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010". United States Census Bureau – American FactFinder. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 31 January 2008. 
  11. ^ 2010 Census
  12. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 28 April 2018. 

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Coordinates: 40°43′56″N 94°14′53″W / 40.73222°N 94.24806°W / 40.73222; -94.24806