Ringgold County, Iowa

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Ringgold County
Ringgold County Courthouse in Mount Ayr
Map of Iowa highlighting Ringgold County
Location within the U.S. state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 40°43′56″N 94°14′53″W / 40.732222222222°N 94.248055555556°W / 40.732222222222; -94.248055555556
Country United States
State Iowa
FoundedFebruary 24, 1847
Named forSamuel Ringgold
SeatMount Ayr
Largest cityMount Ayr
Area
 • Total539 sq mi (1,400 km2)
 • Land535 sq mi (1,390 km2)
 • Water3.4 sq mi (9 km2)  0.6%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total4,663
 • Density8.7/sq mi (3.3/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitewww.ringgoldcounty.iowa.gov

Ringgold County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2020 census, the population was 4,663,[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]

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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%
20204,663−9.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
1790-1960[5] 1900-1990[6]
1990-2000[7] 2010-2018[8]
Population of Ringgold County from US census data

2020 census[edit]

The 2020 census recorded a population of 4,663 in the county, with a population density of 8.6265/sq mi (3.3307/km2). 96.68% of the population reported being of one race. 94.32% were non-Hispanic White, 0.06% were Black, 1.52% were Hispanic, 0.15% were Native American, 0.17% were Asian, 0.02% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 3.75% were some other race or more than one race. There were 2,672 housing units, of which 1,945 were occupied.[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 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.

Of the 2,245 households 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 households were one person and 17.80% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.90.

The age distribution was 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% 65 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 household income was $29,110 and the median family income 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 2020 census of Ringgold County.[1]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2020 Census)
1 Mount Ayr City 1,623
2 Diagonal City 344
3 Kellerton City 243
4 Sun Valley Lake CDP 187
5 Tingley City 136
6 Redding City 63
7 Benton City 39
8 Delphos CDP 26
9 Maloy City 22
10 Ellston City 19
11 Beaconsfield City 15
12 Clearfield (mostly in Taylor County) City 6 (278 total)
13 Shannon City (partially in Union County) City 6 (73 total)

Politics[edit]

United States presidential election results for Ringgold County, Iowa[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 1,968 72.51% 709 26.12% 37 1.36%
2016 1,824 67.38% 753 27.82% 130 4.80%
2012 1,368 52.64% 1,186 45.63% 45 1.73%
2008 1,401 52.10% 1,236 45.97% 52 1.93%
2004 1,466 52.77% 1,286 46.29% 26 0.94%
2000 1,369 50.85% 1,246 46.29% 77 2.86%
1996 967 35.29% 1,439 52.52% 334 12.19%
1992 967 33.71% 1,341 46.74% 561 19.55%
1988 1,110 40.64% 1,609 58.92% 12 0.44%
1984 1,512 48.51% 1,593 51.11% 12 0.38%
1980 1,884 57.95% 1,150 35.37% 217 6.67%
1976 1,543 46.25% 1,739 52.13% 54 1.62%
1972 2,264 68.54% 1,003 30.37% 36 1.09%
1968 1,986 57.05% 1,237 35.54% 258 7.41%
1964 1,571 40.91% 2,260 58.85% 9 0.23%
1960 2,538 58.74% 1,781 41.22% 2 0.05%
1956 2,713 60.42% 1,775 39.53% 2 0.04%
1952 3,442 70.66% 1,408 28.91% 21 0.43%
1948 2,487 55.77% 1,922 43.10% 50 1.12%
1944 2,767 59.35% 1,867 40.05% 28 0.60%
1940 3,507 59.50% 2,374 40.28% 13 0.22%
1936 3,316 55.31% 2,615 43.62% 64 1.07%
1932 2,082 45.04% 2,480 53.64% 61 1.32%
1928 3,674 69.57% 1,572 29.77% 35 0.66%
1924 3,147 60.68% 882 17.01% 1,157 22.31%
1920 3,702 72.66% 1,327 26.05% 66 1.30%
1916 1,733 55.46% 1,351 43.23% 41 1.31%
1912 916 31.28% 958 32.72% 1,054 36.00%
1908 1,940 61.94% 1,092 34.87% 100 3.19%
1904 2,200 69.38% 835 26.33% 136 4.29%
1900 2,319 62.19% 1,311 35.16% 99 2.65%
1896 2,209 56.47% 1,651 42.20% 52 1.33%


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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. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  5. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  6. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  7. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  8. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 31, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  9. ^ "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010" (PDF). United States Census Bureau – American FactFinder. Retrieved August 15, 2022.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 28, 2018.

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