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Carroll County, Iowa
Map
Map of Iowa highlighting Carroll County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the USA highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1851
Seat Carroll
Largest City Carroll
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

570 sq mi (1,476 km²)
569 sq mi (1,474 km²)
0.8 sq mi (2 km²), 0.1%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

20,816
37/sq mi (14/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.carroll.ia.us
Named for: Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Carroll County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 20,816. Its county seat is Carroll. The county is named in honor of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, signer of the Declaration of Independence.

History

Carroll County was formed on January 15, 1851 from sections of Pottawattamie County. It was named after Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Maryland, the only Roman Catholic and longest-living signer of the Declaration of Independence. In 1855, the county government was established in Carrolton and in 1858, the first courthouse was built. In 1869, the seat was moved to Carroll City (today Carroll) which was centrally located and connected to the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company. The courthouse was destroyed in 1886 by fire. The present courthouse was erected in 1965. However the courthouse is set to go under construction in the near future

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 570 square miles (1,500 km2), of which 569 square miles (1,470 km2) is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) (0.1%) is water.

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information

Major highways

  • US 30 (IA).svg U.S. Highway 30
  • US 71 (IA).svg U.S. Highway 71
  • Iowa 141.svg Iowa Highway 141

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 281
1870 2,451 772.2%
1880 12,351 403.9%
1890 18,825 52.4%
1900 20,319 7.9%
1910 20,117 −1.0%
1920 21,549 7.1%
1930 22,326 3.6%
1940 22,770 2.0%
1950 23,065 1.3%
1960 23,431 1.6%
1970 22,912 −2.2%
1980 22,951 0.2%
1990 21,423 −6.7%
2000 21,421 0.0%
2010 20,816 −2.8%
Est. 2015 20,498 −1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2010 census

The 2010 census recorded a population of 20,816 in the county, with a population density of 36.58/sq mi (14.12/km2). There were 9,376 housing units, of which 8,683 were occupied.

2000 census

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

As of the census of 2000, there were 21,421 people, 8,486 households, and 5,668 families residing in the county. The population density was 38 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 9,019 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.87% White, 0.18% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.31% from two or more races. 0.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,486 households out of which 32.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.00% were married couples living together, 6.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.20% were non-families. 29.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.90% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 25.90% from 25 to 44, 21.00% from 45 to 64, and 18.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,275, and the median income for a family was $47,040. Males had a median income of $30,074 versus $21,528 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,595. About 4.50% of families and 6.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.10% of those under age 18 and 8.20% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Townships

Carroll County is divided into sixteen townships:

  • Arcadia
  • Eden
  • Ewoldt
  • Glidden
  • Grant
  • Jasper
  • Kniest
  • Maple River
  • Newton
  • Pleasant Valley
  • Richland
  • Roselle
  • Sheridan
  • Union
  • Washington
  • Wheatland

Population ranking

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

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Carroll City 10,103
2 Manning City 1,500
3 Coon Rapids (partially in Guthrie County) City 1,305
4 Glidden City 1,146
5 Arcadia City 484
6 Breda City 483
7 Templeton City 362
8 Dedham City 266
9 Halbur City 246
10 Lidderdale City 180
11 Lanesboro City 121
12 Willey City 88
13 Ralston (partially in Greene County) City 79

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