Tama County, Iowa

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Tama County, Iowa
Tama county courthouse.jpg
Map of Iowa highlighting Tama County
Location in the U.S. state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Founded 1843
Named for Taimah
Seat Toledo
Largest city Tama
Area
 • Total 722 sq mi (1,870 km2)
 • Land 721 sq mi (1,867 km2)
 • Water 1.1 sq mi (3 km2), 0.1%
Population
 • (2010) 17,676
 • Density 25/sq mi (10/km2)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC−6/−5
Website www.tamacounty.org
Taimah, from A.R. Fulton's Red Men of Iowa 1882

Tama County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,767.[1] Its county seat is Toledo.[2] The county was formed on February 17, 1843[3] and named for Taimah, a leader of the Meskwaki Indians.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 722 square miles (1,870 km2), of which 721 square miles (1,870 km2) is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) (0.1%) is water.[5]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18508
18605,28565,962.5%
187016,131205.2%
188021,58533.8%
189022,0522.2%
190024,58511.5%
191022,156−9.9%
192021,861−1.3%
193021,9870.6%
194022,4282.0%
195021,688−3.3%
196021,413−1.3%
197020,147−5.9%
198019,533−3.0%
199017,419−10.8%
200018,1033.9%
201017,767−1.9%
Est. 201617,319[6]−2.5%
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 17,767 in the county, with a population density of 24.5638/sq mi (9.4841/km2). There were 7,766 housing units, of which 6,947 were occupied.[11]

2000 census[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Tama County

As of the census [12] of 2000, there were 17,767 people, 7,018 households, and 4,968 families residing in the county. The population density was 25 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 7,583 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.38% White, 0.25% Black or African American, 6.09% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.90% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. 3.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,018 households out of which 31.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.20% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.20% were non-families. 25.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.60% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 25.20% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 18.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,419, and the median income for a family was $43,646. Males had a median income of $30,723 versus $22,597 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,097. About 7.60% of families and 10.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.50% of those under age 18 and 9.40% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Tama County is served by 4 school districts. The largest is South Tama Community School District, at the 3A designation. Second largest is North Tama Community Schools, followed by GMG School District. Lastly is the Meskwaki Settlement School with an 8-man Designation.[13][14][15][16]

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Meskwaki Settlement water tower

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Tama County is divided into twenty-one townships:

Population ranking[edit]

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Tama County.[17]

county seat

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

1 Tama City 2,877
2 Toledo City 2,341
3 Traer City 1,703
4 Dysart City 1,379
5 Sac and Fox/Meskwaki Settlement AIAN 1,062
6 Gladbrook City 945
7 Le Grand (mostly in Marshall County) City 938
8 Garwin City 527
9 Chelsea City 267
10 Montour City 249
11 Clutier City 213
12 Elberon City 196
13 Lincoln City 162
14 Vining City 50

Notable natives[edit]

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results
Presidential Elections Results[19]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 56.8% 4,971 36.5% 3,196 6.7% 585
2012 45.5% 4,098 52.9% 4,768 1.7% 151
2008 43.2% 3,820 55.3% 4,899 1.5% 133
2004 49.5% 4,456 49.9% 4,487 0.6% 58
2000 48.5% 4,034 48.7% 4,045 2.8% 236
1996 38.5% 2,986 51.5% 3,994 10.0% 772
1992 35.4% 2,948 42.9% 3,573 21.7% 1,809
1988 42.0% 3,362 57.2% 4,584 0.8% 66
1984 54.3% 4,882 45.2% 4,061 0.5% 47
1980 56.3% 4,840 35.5% 3,049 8.3% 713
1976 48.1% 4,379 50.3% 4,580 1.6% 148
1972 57.0% 5,058 41.6% 3,693 1.5% 129
1968 53.6% 4,955 40.7% 3,767 5.7% 531
1964 36.9% 3,543 63.0% 6,057 0.1% 8
1960 52.8% 5,535 47.2% 4,950 0.0% 1
1956 55.3% 5,952 44.5% 4,795 0.2% 26
1952 63.3% 7,061 36.5% 4,076 0.2% 17
1948 47.5% 4,763 51.0% 5,115 1.5% 150
1944 49.7% 5,249 50.0% 5,286 0.3% 32
1940 49.3% 5,865 50.4% 5,996 0.3% 32
1936 41.1% 4,737 57.5% 6,625 1.4% 160
1932 37.1% 4,051 61.4% 6,704 1.5% 165
1928 53.6% 5,589 46.0% 4,798 0.4% 45
1924 55.3% 5,177 23.3% 2,180 21.5% 2,010
1920 70.0% 6,352 28.1% 2,552 1.9% 169
1916 53.4% 3,061 44.9% 2,572 1.8% 102
1912 21.6% 1,179 44.8% 2,446 33.7% 1,840
1908 49.8% 2,774 45.8% 2,550 4.5% 248
1904 55.1% 3,127 41.6% 2,360 3.3% 186
1900 53.5% 3,290 44.5% 2,736 2.1% 129
1896 53.3% 3,054 45.3% 2,596 1.5% 83

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. ^ "City Community Description Congressional district Overview Population District type Geographical location/Climate Closest major city Political structure History Cultural institutions/events Distinguishing features Existing ties with Russia". ccfrussia.ru. Archived from the original on 19 September 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2018. 
  4. ^ Tama County
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  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 and Housing Occupancy Status: 2010 - State -- County". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  13. ^ South Tama County | Home of the Trojans! Web. 26 Mar. 2011.<http://www.s-tama.k12.ia.us/>
  14. ^ Meskwaki Settlement School. Web. 26 Mar. 2011.<http://www.msswarriors.org/>
  15. ^ Welcome to North Tama County Community Schools. Web. 26 Mar. 2011.<http://www.n-tama.k12.ia.us/>
  16. ^ New Page 1. Web. 26 Mar. 2011.<http://www.garwin.k12.ia.us/>.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 21, 2013. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Michael Emerson". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-04-28. 
  19. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 11 April 2018. 

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