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Appanoose County Courthouse
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|Named for||Chief Appanoose|
|• Total||516 sq mi (1,340 km2)|
|• Land||497 sq mi (1,290 km2)|
|• Water||19 sq mi (50 km2) 3.7%|
|• Density||23.870/sq mi (9.216/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
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.
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.
- Monroe County (north)
- Wapello County (northeast)
- Lucas County (northwest)
- Davis County (east)
- Schuyler County, Missouri (southeast)
- Putnam County, Missouri (southwest)
- Wayne County (west)
|U.S. Decennial 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.
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.
Appanoose County is divided into seventeen townships:
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)|
|2||Moravia (partially in Monroe County)||City||665|
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