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Boone County, Iowa
Seal of Boone County, Iowa
Map
Map of Iowa highlighting Boone County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the USA highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1846
Seat Boone
Largest City Boone
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

574 sq mi (1,487 km²)
572 sq mi (1,481 km²)
2.1 sq mi (5 km²), 0.4%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

26,306
46/sq mi (18/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.boone.ia.us

Boone County is a county in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 26,306. 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%
Est. 2015 26,643 1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

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.

2000 census

USA Boone County, Iowa age pyramid
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Boone County

As of the census of 2000, there were 26,224 people, 10,374 households, and 7,137 families residing in the county. The population density was 46 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 10,968 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.53% White, 0.36% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.26% from other races, and 0.43% from two or more races. 0.83% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 10,374 households out of which 31.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.00% were married couples living together, 7.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.20% were non-families. 26.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.80% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 27.10% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 16.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,763, and the median income for a family was $49,346. Males had a median income of $32,504 versus $23,838 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,943. About 4.50% of families and 7.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.00% of those under age 18 and 5.90% of those age 65 or over.

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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