Clay County, Iowa facts for kids
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Location within the U.S. state of Iowa
Iowa's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Henry Clay Jr.|
|• Total||573 sq mi (1,480 km2)|
|• Land||567 sq mi (1,470 km2)|
|• Water||5.4 sq mi (14 km2) 0.9%|
|• Density||28.593/sq mi (11.040/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Clay County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2020 census, the population was 16,384. Its county seat is Spencer. Its name is in honor of Henry Clay, Jr., a colonel who died in action in the Mexican–American War, and son of Henry Clay, famous American statesman from Kentucky.
Clay County comprises the Spencer, IA Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Clay County holds the annual Clay County Fair. The first newspaper in Clay County was the Peterson Patriot which started publication in 1880.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 573 square miles (1,480 km2), of which 567 square miles (1,470 km2) is land and 5.4 square miles (14 km2) (0.9%) is water. Clay County is home to the large Barringer Slough wetland.
|U.S. Decennial Census
The 2020 census recorded a population of 16,384 in the county, with a population density of 28.6719/sq mi (11.0703/km2). 96.20% of the population reported being of one race. 88.66% were non-Hispanic White, 0.61% were Black, 4.30% were Hispanic, 0.34% were Native American, 0.64% were Asian, 0.04% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 5.41% were some other race or more than one race. There were 8,109 housing units of which 7,222 were occupied.
The 2010 census recorded a population of 16,667 in the county, with a population density of 29.292/sq mi (11.310/km2). There were 8,062 housing units, of which 7,282 were occupied.
Clay County is divided into these townships:
- Gillett Grove
- Lone Tree
The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Clay County.
† county seat
|Rank||City/Town/etc.||Municipal type||Population (2010 Census)|
The county has been based on farming. The 1980s farm crisis caused some families to have to give up their farms, and farms have been merged to industrial scale. The population has declined since 1980.
At one point Great Lakes Airlines was headquartered in Summit Township, Clay County.
In Spanish: Condado de Clay (Iowa) para niños
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