Wright County, Iowa

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Wright County, Iowa
Wright County Courthouse.JPG
Map of Iowa highlighting Wright County
Location in the U.S. state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Founded15 January 1851
Named forSilas Wright
SeatClarion
Largest cityEagle Grove
Area
 • Total582 sq mi (1,507 km2)
 • Land580 sq mi (1,502 km2)
 • Water1.8 sq mi (5 km2), 0.3%
Population
 • (2010)13,229
 • Density23/sq mi (9/km2)
Congressional district4th
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5

Wright County is a county in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,229.[1] The county seat is Clarion.[2] The county organization became effective in January 1851, and is believed to be named either after Silas Wright, a governor of New York, or Joseph Albert Wright, a governor of Indiana.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 582 square miles (1,510 km2), of which 580 square miles (1,500 km2) is land and 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) (0.3%) is covered by water.[4] The terrain is generally undulating. The county is intersected by the Boone and Iowa Rivers[5]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18702,392
18805,062111.6%
189012,057138.2%
190018,22751.2%
191017,951−1.5%
192020,34813.4%
193020,216−0.6%
194020,038−0.9%
195019,652−1.9%
196019,447−1.0%
197017,294−11.1%
198016,319−5.6%
199014,269−12.6%
200014,3340.5%
201013,229−7.7%
Est. 201612,779[6]−3.4%
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 13,229 in the county, with a population density of 22.7803/sq mi (8.7955/km2). There were 6,529 housing units, of which 5,625 were occupied.[11]

2000 census[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Wright County

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 14,334 people, 5,940 households, and 3,938 families residing in the county. The population density was 25 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 6,559 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.93% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 2.90% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. 4.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,940 households out of which 28.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.30% were married couples living together, 6.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.70% were non-families. 30.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 6.50% from 18 to 24, 24.50% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 21.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 96.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,197, and the median income for a family was $44,043. Males had a median income of $29,398 versus $21,222 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,247. About 4.20% of families and 7.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.70% of those under age 18 and 6.40% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Primary and secondary[edit]

There are three school districts in Wright County with three high schools: Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Community School District K-12 Enrollment 954 Eagle Grove Community School District K-12 Enrollment 836 Belmond-Klemme Community School District K-12 Enrollment 793

Tertiary[edit]

Iowa State University maintains an extension office in Clarion. Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, and Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls are all within driving distance of Wright County. Iowa Central Community College began offering ICN Polycom classes in Clarion and Eagle Grove in 2015.

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results
Presidential Elections Results[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 63.1% 3,800 31.5% 1,896 5.5% 330
2012 53.4% 3,349 45.2% 2,836 1.5% 93
2008 50.0% 3,198 48.5% 3,102 1.5% 95
2004 55.0% 3,631 44.4% 2,930 0.6% 42
2000 53.4% 3,384 44.1% 2,796 2.5% 156
1996 41.5% 2,473 48.9% 2,912 9.6% 574
1992 40.6% 2,708 41.7% 2,776 17.7% 1,181
1988 43.9% 2,658 55.4% 3,353 0.7% 43
1984 54.8% 3,675 44.4% 2,980 0.8% 50
1980 55.1% 3,936 37.0% 2,645 7.9% 566
1976 48.7% 3,544 50.0% 3,637 1.4% 101
1972 59.7% 4,278 38.8% 2,780 1.5% 104
1968 57.0% 4,299 39.3% 2,969 3.7% 281
1964 36.1% 2,831 63.8% 4,998 0.1% 7
1960 56.3% 5,386 43.5% 4,159 0.2% 15
1956 58.7% 5,512 41.2% 3,865 0.1% 13
1952 67.1% 6,566 32.6% 3,186 0.3% 31
1948 48.9% 3,810 49.6% 3,866 1.6% 124
1944 47.9% 3,916 51.7% 4,232 0.4% 35
1940 47.5% 4,443 52.1% 4,871 0.4% 36
1936 38.0% 3,311 59.4% 5,177 2.6% 222
1932 39.1% 3,262 59.1% 4,922 1.8% 150
1928 65.8% 5,020 33.4% 2,547 0.8% 63
1924 57.4% 4,323 6.7% 501 35.9% 2,707
1920 81.0% 5,739 17.0% 1,205 2.0% 138
1916 68.2% 2,599 29.8% 1,135 2.0% 76
1912 22.6% 805 21.5% 765 55.8% 1,985
1908 72.3% 2,498 25.1% 866 2.6% 89
1904 77.4% 2,795 19.2% 695 3.4% 122
1900 75.1% 2,990 22.4% 891 2.6% 102
1896 71.4% 2,992 27.2% 1,138 1.5% 61

Media[edit]

Several small newspapers are published in Wright County, including the Wright County Monitor, serving Clarion and Dows, the Eagle Grove Eagle, and the Belmond Independent.

Wright County Fair[edit]

The first Wright County Fair was held in Clarion. The old fairgrounds were located where Clarion's USA Healthcare Center stands today. the Clarion Fair ran until 1924; it was held in Goldfield in 1925, and moved to its present location in Eagle Grove in 1926; it was later retitled as the Wright County District Junior Fair. Entries are open to children in Hamilton, Humboldt, Webster, Hardin, Franklin, and Wright Counties.[14]

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Population ranking[edit]

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Wright County.[15]

county seat

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

1 Eagle Grove City 3,583
2 Clarion City 2,850
3 Belmond City 2,376
4 Goldfield City 635
5 Dows (partially in Franklin County) City 538
6 Woolstock City 168
7 Rowan City 158
8 Galt City 32

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  3. ^ Wright County Archived 2007-10-04 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 12 February 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
  5. ^ Wikisource Ripley, George; Dana, Charles A., eds. (1879). "Wright. II. A N. central county of Iowa". The American Cyclopædia.
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  11. ^ "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 31 January 2008.
  13. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  14. ^ Wright County District Junior Fair
  15. ^ 2010 Census

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°43′59″N 93°44′08″W / 42.73306°N 93.73556°W / 42.73306; -93.73556