Warren County, Iowa

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Warren County
The former Warren County Courthouse in Indianola
The former Warren County Courthouse in Indianola
Map of Iowa highlighting Warren County
Location within the U.S. state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 41°20′N 93°34′W / 41.33°N 93.56°W / 41.33; -93.56
Country United States
State Iowa
Founded1846
Named forJoseph Warren
SeatIndianola
Largest cityIndianola
Area
 • Total573 sq mi (1,480 km2)
 • Land570 sq mi (1,500 km2)
 • Water3.5 sq mi (9 km2)  0.6%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total52,403
 • Density91/sq mi (35/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitewww.warrencountyia.org

Warren County is a rural county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2020 census, the population was 52,403.[1] The county seat is Indianola.[2]

Warren County is included in the Des MoinesWest Des Moines, IA Metropolitan Statistical Area.[3]

History[edit]

Warren County was formed in 1846. It was named for General Joseph Warren, a hero in the American Revolutionary War.[4] The present Warren County Court House was opened in 1939.[5]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 573 square miles (1,480 km2), of which 570 square miles (1,500 km2) is land and 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2) (0.6%) is water.[6]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850961
186010,281969.8%
187017,98074.9%
188019,5788.9%
189018,269−6.7%
190020,37611.5%
191018,194−10.7%
192018,047−0.8%
193017,700−1.9%
194017,6950.0%
195017,7580.4%
196020,82917.3%
197027,43231.7%
198034,87827.1%
199036,0333.3%
200040,67112.9%
201046,22513.7%
202052,40313.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2018[11]
Population of Warren County from US census data

2020 census[edit]

The 2020 census recorded a population of 52,403 in the county, with a population density of 91.7049/sq mi (35.4075/km2). 95.46% of the population reported being of one race. 89.46% were non-Hispanic White, 0.87% were Black, 3.16% were Hispanic, 0.19% were Native American, 0.73% were Asian, 0.04% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 5.55% were some other race or more than one race. There were 20,857 housing units, of which 19,616 were occupied.[1]

2010 census[edit]

The 2010 census recorded a population of 46,225 in the county, with a population density of 80.8638/sq mi (31.2217/km2). There were 18,371 housing units, of which 17,262 were occupied.[12]

2000 census[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Warren County

At the 2000 census there were 40,671 people, 14,708 households, and 11,207 families in the county. The population density was 71 people per square mile (27/km2). There were 15,289 housing units at an average density of 27 per square mile (10/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.08% White, 0.27% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. 1.08%.[13] were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 14,708 households 37.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.50% were married couples living together, 8.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.80% were non-families. 19.90% of households were one person and 8.70% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.05.

The age distribution was 27.00% under the age of 18, 9.70% from 18 to 24, 28.20% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 11.80% 65 or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.80 males.

The median household income was $50,349 and the median family income was $56,344. Males had a median income of $36,983 versus $26,768 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,558. About 3.70% of families and 5.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.40% of those under age 18 and 5.20% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Warren County has sixteen townships:[14]

Population ranking[edit]

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2020 census of Warren County.[1]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2020 Census)
1 Des Moines (mostly in Polk County) City 214,133
2 West Des Moines (partially in Dallas and Polk Counties) City 68,723
3 Indianola City 15,833
4 Norwalk (partially in Polk County) City 12,799
5 Carlisle (partially in Polk County) City 4,160
6 Pleasantville(mostly in Marion County) City 1,676
7 Milo City 778
8 Hartford City 733
9 New Virginia City 498
10 Cumming City 436
11 Martensdale City 421
12 Lacona City 345
13 Ackworth City 115
14 St. Marys City 108
15 Spring Hill City 68
16 Sandyville City 58
17 Bevington (partially in Madison County) City 57

Politics[edit]

Presidential election results
Presidential Elections Results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2020 57.3% 17,782 40.5% 12,574 2.2% 683
2016 54.3% 14,814 38.1% 10,411 7.6% 2,075
2012 50.1% 13,052 48.1% 12,551 1.8% 469
2008 48.8% 12,144 49.4% 12,299 1.8% 446
2004 52.8% 12,160 46.5% 10,730 0.7% 163
2000 49.0% 9,621 48.5% 9,521 2.6% 511
1996 39.5% 6,905 52.2% 9,120 8.3% 1,447
1992 37.8% 7,242 45.0% 8,612 17.2% 3,303
1988 39.8% 6,424 59.7% 9,627 0.5% 80
1984 50.0% 8,277 49.3% 8,171 0.7% 122
1980 47.4% 7,360 42.6% 6,610 10.0% 1,549
1976 43.2% 6,099 54.3% 7,653 2.5% 356
1972 57.3% 7,332 40.2% 5,143 2.6% 329
1968 50.3% 5,619 41.3% 4,613 8.4% 939
1964 35.5% 3,679 64.1% 6,639 0.3% 33
1960 59.3% 6,013 40.8% 4,136 0.0% 0
1956 59.2% 5,430 40.7% 3,729 0.2% 15
1952 65.6% 5,911 33.7% 3,042 0.7% 64
1948 51.0% 3,876 45.8% 3,481 3.3% 248
1944 55.8% 4,266 43.4% 3,319 0.7% 56
1940 56.2% 5,016 43.2% 3,856 0.6% 51
1936 52.7% 4,642 45.6% 4,011 1.7% 152
1932 50.3% 3,725 47.8% 3,542 1.9% 141
1928 69.7% 5,294 29.5% 2,239 0.8% 58
1924 62.1% 4,683 16.9% 1,274 21.0% 1,586
1920 70.5% 5,323 27.4% 2,066 2.1% 160
1916 52.2% 2,182 45.7% 1,910 2.1% 87
1912 34.2% 1,386 34.5% 1,396 31.3% 1,269
1908 58.6% 2,589 37.2% 1,645 4.2% 185
1904 66.2% 2,938 26.8% 1,191 7.0% 309
1900 59.2% 2,966 37.4% 1,876 3.4% 172
1896 55.3% 2,826 43.3% 2,214 1.4% 73

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "2020 Census State Redistricting Data". census.gov. United states Census Bureau. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ United States Office of Management and Budget. "Update of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses" (PDF). pp. 5, 36. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 14, 2006. Retrieved July 21, 2006.
  4. ^ Warren County Archived October 8, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Warren County Courthouse". Iowa Judicial Branch. Archived from the original on July 26, 2011. Retrieved February 9, 2011.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  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. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  12. ^ "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved June 18, 2011.[dead link]
  13. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  14. ^ "Warren County, Iowa, United States - Overview - Histopolis". www.histopolis.com. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  15. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 28, 2018.

Further reading[edit]

  • Beatty, Jerry K. Patriotism, Courage, & Sacrifice: Warren County's Response to WW II (Indianola: Warren County Historical Society, 2017). 401 pp online review

External links[edit]


Coordinates: 41°20′N 93°34′W / 41.33°N 93.56°W / 41.33; -93.56