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Appanoose County
Appanoose County Courthouse
Appanoose County Courthouse
Map of Iowa highlighting Appanoose County
Location within the U.S. state of Iowa
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Iowa's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Iowa
Founded 1843
Named for Chief Appanoose
Seat Centerville
Largest city Centerville
Area
 • Total 516 sq mi (1,340 km2)
 • Land 497 sq mi (1,290 km2)
 • Water 19 sq mi (50 km2)  3.7%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 12,317
 • Density 23.870/sq mi (9.216/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Appanoose County is a county in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2020 census, the population was 12,317. Its county seat is Centerville.

History

Appanoose
Chief Appanoose, from A.R. Fulton's Red Men of Iowa 1882.

Appanoose County was formed on February 17, 1843, from open territory. It was named for the Meskwaki Chief Appanoose, who did not engage in war against Black Hawk, advocating peace. The present county seat was formerly called Chaldea, and was later renamed to Senterville in honor of Congressman William Tandy Senter of Tennessee. In April 1848, the courthouse, constructed at the expense of $160, was put into use and served as such until 1857. The second courthouse was opened in 1864, and was burned down to the first floor during an explosive Fourth of July fireworks demonstration. The third courthouse was dedicated on May 21, 1903, and remains in use.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 516 square miles (1,340 km2), of which 497 square miles (1,290 km2) is land and 19 square miles (49 km2) (3.7%) is water. Rathbun Reservoir, created by damming the Chariton River, is its main physical feature.

Major highways

  • Iowa 2.svg Iowa Highway 2
  • Iowa 5.svg Iowa Highway 5
  • Iowa 202.svg Iowa Highway 202

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 3,131
1860 11,931 281.1%
1870 16,456 37.9%
1880 16,636 1.1%
1890 18,961 14.0%
1900 25,927 36.7%
1910 28,701 10.7%
1920 30,535 6.4%
1930 24,835 −18.7%
1940 24,245 −2.4%
1950 19,683 −18.8%
1960 16,015 −18.6%
1970 15,007 −6.3%
1980 15,511 3.4%
1990 13,743 −11.4%
2000 13,721 −0.2%
2010 12,884 −6.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2018
AppanooseCountyIowaPop2020
Population of Appanoose County from US census data

2020 census

The 2020 census recorded a population of 12,317 in the county, with a population density of 23.8066/sq mi (9.1918/km2). 96.66% of the population reported being of one race. 93.03% were non-Hispanic White, 0.61% were Black, 1.88% were Hispanic, 0.19% were Native American, 0.57% were Asian, 0.06% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 3.66% were some other race or more than one race. There were 6,306 housing units of which 5,320 were occupied.

2010 census

The 2010 census recorded a population of 12,884 in the county, with a population density of 25.976/sq mi (10.029/km2). There were 6,633 housing units, of which 5,627 were occupied.

Communities

Cities

Townships

Appanoose County is divided into seventeen townships:

  • Bellair
  • Caldwell
  • Chariton
  • Douglas
  • Franklin
  • Independence
  • Johns
  • Lincoln
  • Pleasant
  • Sharon
  • Taylor
  • Udell
  • Union
  • Vermillion
  • Walnut
  • Washington
  • Wells

Population ranking

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Appanoose County.

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Centerville City 5,528
2 Moravia (partially in Monroe County) City 665
3 Moulton City 605
4 Mystic City 425
5 Cincinnati City 357
6 Exline City 160
7 Unionville City 102
8 Numa City 92
9 Rathbun City 89
10 Plano City 70
11 Udell City 47
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