Webster County, Iowa

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Webster County, Iowa
Webster co iowa courthhouse.jpg
The courthouse in Fort Dodge is on the NRHP.
Map of Iowa highlighting Webster County
Location in the U.S. state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Founded 1851
Named for Daniel Webster
Seat Fort Dodge
Largest city Fort Dodge
Area
 • Total 718 sq mi (1,860 km2)
 • Land 716 sq mi (1,854 km2)
 • Water 2.8 sq mi (7 km2), 0.4%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 37,071
 • Density 53/sq mi (20/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.webstercountyia.org

Webster County is a county in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 38,013.[1] The county seat is Fort Dodge.[2] The county was established January 15, 1851 and named after Daniel Webster, an American statesman.

Webster County comprises the Fort Dodge, IA Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 718 square miles (1,860 km2), of which 716 square miles (1,850 km2) is land and 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2) (0.4%) is water.[3]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 2,504
1870 10,484 318.7%
1880 15,951 52.1%
1890 21,582 35.3%
1900 31,757 47.1%
1910 34,629 9.0%
1920 37,611 8.6%
1930 40,425 7.5%
1940 41,521 2.7%
1950 44,241 6.6%
1960 47,810 8.1%
1970 48,391 1.2%
1980 45,953 −5.0%
1990 40,342 −12.2%
2000 40,235 −0.3%
2010 38,013 −5.5%
Est. 2016 36,769 [4] −3.3%
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 38,013 in the county, with a population density of 53.1479/sq mi (20.5205/km2). There were 17,035 housing units, of which 15,580 were occupied.[9]

2000 census[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Webster County

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 40,235 people, 15,878 households, and 10,304 families residing in the county. The population density was 56 people per square mile (22/km²). There were 16,969 housing units at an average density of 24 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.39% White, 3.39% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.10% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. 2.35% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 15,878 households out of which 30.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.80% were married couples living together, 9.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.10% were non-families. 30.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 11.10% from 18 to 24, 25.50% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from 45 to 64, and 17.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 100.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,334, and the median income for a family was $43,772. Males had a median income of $31,047 versus $23,042 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,857. About 6.70% of families and 10.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.30% of those under age 18 and 7.00% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Townships[11][12][13][edit]

Census-designated place[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Population ranking[edit]

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Webster County.[14]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Fort Dodge City 25,206
2 Gowrie City 1,037
3 Dayton City 837
4 Stratford (mostly in Hamilton County) City 743
5 Coalville CDP 610
6 Badger City 561
7 Otho City 542
8 Lehigh City 416
9 Duncombe City 410
10 Callender City 376
11 Farnhamville (partially in Calhoun County) City 371
12 Harcourt City 303
13 Barnum City 191
14 Vincent City 174
15 Moorland City 169
16 Clare City 146

Notable people[edit]

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 57.7% 10,056 36.2% 6,305 6.1% 1,069
2012 46.3% 8,469 52.1% 9,537 1.6% 286
2008 44.9% 8,337 53.4% 9,917 1.6% 302
2004 48.1% 8,959 51.3% 9,561 0.6% 111
2000 47.9% 8,172 49.7% 8,479 2.3% 397
1996 38.4% 6,275 51.3% 8,380 10.3% 1,673
1992 37.0% 6,992 45.3% 8,562 17.8% 3,367
1988 39.8% 6,926 59.0% 10,267 1.2% 200
1984 48.6% 9,619 50.2% 9,930 1.3% 253
1980 49.6% 10,438 42.8% 9,001 7.6% 1,591
1976 45.4% 9,068 52.7% 10,543 1.9% 384
1972 56.0% 11,133 42.0% 8,358 2.0% 402
1968 49.0% 9,349 44.9% 8,572 6.2% 1,176
1964 33.5% 6,576 66.2% 13,005 0.3% 54
1960 50.1% 10,741 49.8% 10,680 0.1% 14
1956 52.7% 11,097 47.0% 9,901 0.2% 51
1952 57.7% 12,336 40.6% 8,681 1.7% 368
1948 40.7% 6,951 55.7% 9,508 3.6% 607
1944 42.1% 6,935 57.6% 9,477 0.3% 56
1940 41.3% 7,583 58.4% 10,731 0.3% 52
1936 37.8% 6,494 57.6% 9,885 4.6% 795
1932 34.7% 5,243 59.3% 8,957 6.1% 917
1928 56.4% 8,525 43.0% 6,497 0.6% 97
1924 46.0% 6,641 14.4% 2,076 39.6% 5,721
1920 64.0% 8,312 21.6% 2,804 14.4% 1,872
1916 53.5% 3,917 43.7% 3,196 2.8% 208
1912 29.8% 2,123 33.3% 2,370 37.0% 2,634[16]
1908 56.5% 3,658 36.7% 2,374 6.8% 440
1904 66.9% 4,358 26.3% 1,714 6.8% 445
1900 63.3% 4,221 34.0% 2,266 2.7% 180
1896 58.1% 3,691 40.2% 2,557 1.7% 107

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. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved 2011-06-18. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ Bony, Jan. "Webster County IAGenWeb". Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Highway and Transportation Map, Webster County, Iowa" (PDF). IAGenWeb. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  13. ^ "SUMMARY REPORT, WEBSTER COUNTY, IOWA, UNOFFICIAL RESULTS, 2014 GENERAL ELECTION". Webster County Auditor's Office. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  14. ^ http://www.census.gov/2010census/
  15. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  16. ^ The leading "other" candidate, Progressive Theodore Roosevelt, received 2,171 votes, while Socialist candidate Eugene Debs received 316 votes, Prohibition candidate Eugene Chafin received 147 votes.

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Coordinates: 42°25′34″N 94°11′19″W / 42.42611°N 94.18861°W / 42.42611; -94.18861