Winnebago County, Iowa

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Winnebago County
Winnebago County
Winnebago County Courthouse in Forest City
Winnebago County Courthouse in Forest City
Map of Iowa highlighting Winnebago County
Location within the U.S. state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 43°22′44″N 93°43′55″W / 43.378888888889°N 93.731944444444°W / 43.378888888889; -93.731944444444
Country United States
State Iowa
Founded1847
Named forWinnebago tribe
SeatForest City
Largest cityForest City
Area
 • Total402 sq mi (1,040 km2)
 • Land400 sq mi (1,000 km2)
 • Water3.3 sq mi (9 km2)  0.3%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total10,679
 • Density27/sq mi (10/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district4th
Websitewww.winnebagocountyiowa.gov

Winnebago County is a county in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2020 census, the population was 10,679.[1] The county seat is Forest City.[2] The county was founded in 1847 and named after the Native American tribe. It is the location of the motor homes manufacturer Winnebago Industries.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 402 square miles (1,040 km2), of which 400 square miles (1,000 km2) is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) (0.3%) is water.[3] It is Iowa's fifth-smallest county by land area and second-smallest by total area.

Adjacent counties[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Airport[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860168
18701,562829.8%
18804,917214.8%
18907,32549.0%
190012,72573.7%
191011,914−6.4%
192013,48913.2%
193013,143−2.6%
194013,9726.3%
195013,450−3.7%
196013,099−2.6%
197012,990−0.8%
198013,0100.2%
199012,122−6.8%
200011,723−3.3%
201010,866−7.3%
202010,679−1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
1790-1960[5] 1900-1990[6]
1990-2000[7] 2010-2018[8]
Population of Winnebago County from US census data

2020 census[edit]

The 2020 census recorded a population of 10,679 in the county, with a population density of 26.5947/sq mi (10.2683/km2). 96.07% of the population reported being of one race. 84.94% were non-Hispanic White, 2.00% were Black, 5.56% were Hispanic, 0.21% were Native American, 0.92% were Asian, 0.03% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 6.34% were some other race or more than one race. There were 5,077 housing units, of which 4,512 were occupied.[1]

2010 census[edit]

The 2010 census recorded a population of 10,866 in the county, with a population density of 27.1331/sq mi (10.4762/km2). There were 5,194 housing units, of which 4,597 were occupied.[9]

2000 census[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Winnebago County

At the 2000 census there were 11,723 people, 4,749 households, and 3,181 families in the county. The population density was 29 people per square mile (11/km2). There were 5,065 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.37% white, 0.18% black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.01% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. 2.02% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[10] Of the 4,749 households 30.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.90% were married couples living together, 7.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.00% were non-families. 29.40% of households were one person and 14.70% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.91.

The age distribution was 24.10% under the age of 18, 9.80% from 18 to 24, 24.10% from 25 to 44, 23.10% from 45 to 64, and 18.90% 65 or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.90 males.

The median household income was $38,381 and the median family income was $47,306. Males had a median income of $30,720 versus $22,509 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,494. About 5.00% of families and 8.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.90% of those under age 18 and 8.20% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Population ranking[edit]

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

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2020 Census)
1 Forest City (partially in Hancock County) City 4,285
2 Lake Mills City 2,143
3 Buffalo Center City 857
4 Thompson City 495
5 Leland City 249
6 Rake City 186
7 Scarville City 74

Politics[edit]

United States presidential election results for Winnebago County, Iowa[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 3,707 62.09% 2,135 35.76% 128 2.14%
2016 3,447 59.56% 1,931 33.37% 409 7.07%
2012 2,906 49.10% 2,903 49.05% 109 1.84%
2008 2,730 44.86% 3,254 53.48% 101 1.66%
2004 3,175 53.34% 2,707 45.48% 70 1.18%
2000 2,662 48.16% 2,691 48.69% 174 3.15%
1996 2,211 40.05% 2,679 48.52% 631 11.43%
1992 2,407 39.60% 2,322 38.20% 1,349 22.19%
1988 2,863 50.20% 2,804 49.17% 36 0.63%
1984 3,616 57.27% 2,669 42.27% 29 0.46%
1980 3,808 58.77% 2,208 34.08% 463 7.15%
1976 3,315 52.24% 2,950 46.49% 81 1.28%
1972 4,300 64.48% 2,324 34.85% 45 0.67%
1968 3,543 59.51% 2,163 36.33% 248 4.17%
1964 2,331 38.74% 3,677 61.11% 9 0.15%
1960 4,082 62.33% 2,463 37.61% 4 0.06%
1956 3,926 60.84% 2,521 39.07% 6 0.09%
1952 4,574 70.38% 1,905 29.31% 20 0.31%
1948 2,636 48.36% 2,626 48.17% 189 3.47%
1944 2,808 51.24% 2,654 48.43% 18 0.33%
1940 3,308 51.78% 3,051 47.76% 29 0.45%
1936 2,592 43.73% 3,133 52.86% 202 3.41%
1932 2,012 36.59% 3,281 59.67% 206 3.75%
1928 3,386 70.09% 1,268 26.25% 177 3.66%
1924 2,445 47.27% 225 4.35% 2,502 48.38%
1920 3,931 87.08% 469 10.39% 114 2.53%
1916 1,713 72.92% 584 24.86% 52 2.21%
1912 532 23.85% 390 17.48% 1,309 58.67%
1908 1,710 76.07% 489 21.75% 49 2.18%
1904 2,002 89.45% 174 7.77% 62 2.77%
1900 2,052 79.63% 474 18.39% 51 1.98%
1896 1,912 72.12% 714 26.93% 25 0.94%


See also[edit]

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 August 20, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  9. ^ "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved June 18, 2011.[dead link]
  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: 43°22′44″N 93°43′55″W / 43.37889°N 93.73194°W / 43.37889; -93.73194