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Boone County
Boone County Courthouse
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Official seal of Boone County
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Map of Iowa highlighting Boone County
Location within the U.S. state of Iowa
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Country  United States
State  Iowa
Founded January 13, 1846
Seat Boone
Largest city Boone
Area
 • Total 574 sq mi (1,490 km2)
 • Land 572 sq mi (1,480 km2)
 • Water 2.1 sq mi (5 km2)  0.4%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 26,715
 • Density 46.54/sq mi (17.970/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 4th

Boone County is a county in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2020 census, the population was 26,715. Its county seat is Boone.

Boone County comprises the Boone, IA Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Des Moines-Ames-West Des Moines, IA Combined Statistical Area.

History

Boone County was established January 13, 1846, from free land. It was named after Captain Nathan Boone, son of Daniel Boone, an American pioneer, who had formed the Wilderness Trail and founded the town Boonesborough, Kentucky.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 574 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 572 square miles (1,480 km2) is land and 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2) (0.4%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 30 (IA).svg U.S. Route 30
  • US 169 (IA).svg U.S. Route 169
  • Iowa 17.svg Iowa Highway 17
  • Iowa 144.svg Iowa Highway 144
  • Iowa 210.svg Iowa Highway 210

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 735
1860 4,232 475.8%
1870 14,584 244.6%
1880 20,838 42.9%
1890 23,772 14.1%
1900 28,200 18.6%
1910 27,626 −2.0%
1920 29,892 8.2%
1930 29,271 −2.1%
1940 29,782 1.7%
1950 28,139 −5.5%
1960 28,037 −0.4%
1970 26,470 −5.6%
1980 26,184 −1.1%
1990 25,186 −3.8%
2000 26,224 4.1%
2010 26,306 0.3%
2020 26,715 1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2018
BooneCountyIowaPop2020
Population of Boone County from US census data

2020 census

The 2020 census recorded a population of 26,715 in the county, with a population density of 46.4373/sq mi (17.9295/km2). 96.05% of the population reported being of one race. 90.71% were non-Hispanic White, 1.13% were Black, 2.65% were Hispanic, 0.24% were Native American, 0.37% were Asian, 0.01% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 4.88% were some other race or more than one race. There were 11,921 housing units of which 10,981 were occupied.

2010 census

The 2010 census recorded a population of 26,306 in the county, with a population density of 46.07/sq mi (17.79/km2). There were 11,756 housing units, of which 10,728 were occupied.

Communities

Cities

Unincorporated communities

Townships

Boone County is divided into seventeen townships:

  • Amaqua
  • Beaver
  • Cass
  • Colfax
  • Des Moines
  • Dodge
  • Douglas
  • Garden
  • Grant
  • Harrison
  • Jackson
  • Marcy
  • Peoples
  • Pilot Mound
  • Union
  • Worth
  • Yell

Population ranking

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

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Boone City 12,661
2 Madrid City 2,543
3 Ogden City 2,044
4 Sheldahl (partially in Polk and Story Counties) City 319
5 Boxholm City 195
6 Pilot Mound City 173
7 Luther City 122
8 Fraser City 102
9 Beaver City 48
10 Berkley City 32
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