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

592 sq mi (1,533 km²)
588 sq mi (1,523 km²)
3.3 sq mi (9 km²), 0.5%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

66,135
112/sq mi (43/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.dallas.ia.us
Named for: George M. Dallas

Dallas County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 66,135. Its county seat is Adel. The county was named for George M. Dallas, Vice President of the United States of America under James K. Polk.

Dallas County is included in the Des MoinesWest Des Moines, IA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

The land that now forms Dallas County was ceded by the Sac and Fox nation to the United States in a treaty signed on October 11, 1842, and the county was formed in 1846. In 1847 the first pioneers selected a site for the county seat, which was first called Penoach and then later Adel. Once the prairie sod was "broken" by the agricultural plow, settlement was rapid in the 1850s and 1860s, with the population crossing the 12,000 mark by 1870.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 592 square miles (1,530 km2), of which 588 square miles (1,520 km2) is land and 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2) (0.5%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-80.svg Interstate 80
  • US 6.svg U.S. Highway 6
  • US 169 (IA).svg U.S. Highway 169
  • Iowa 17.svg Iowa Highway 17
  • Iowa 44.svg Iowa Highway 44
  • Iowa 141.svg Iowa Highway 141
  • Iowa 144.svg Iowa Highway 144
  • Iowa 210.svg Iowa Highway 210

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 854
1860 5,244 514.1%
1870 12,019 129.2%
1880 18,746 56.0%
1890 20,479 9.2%
1900 23,058 12.6%
1910 23,628 2.5%
1920 25,120 6.3%
1930 25,493 1.5%
1940 24,649 −3.3%
1950 23,661 −4.0%
1960 24,123 2.0%
1970 26,085 8.1%
1980 29,513 13.1%
1990 29,755 0.8%
2000 40,750 37.0%
2010 66,135 62.3%
Est. 2015 80,133 21.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2010 census

The 2010 census recorded a population of 66,135 in the county, with a population density of 112.7698/sq mi (43.5407/km2). There were 27,260 housing units, of which 25,240 were occupied.

2000 census

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

As of the census of 2000, there were 40,750 people, 15,584 households, and 11,173 families residing in the county. The population density was 70 people per square mile (27/km²). There were 16,529 housing units at an average density of 28 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.75% White, 0.74% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.69% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.79% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. 5.40% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 15,584 households out of which 37.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.60% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.30% were non-families. 23.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.20% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 32.10% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from 45 to 64, and 11.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 97.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $48,528, and the median income for a family was $58,293. Males had a median income of $37,243 versus $27,026 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,970. About 4.00% of families and 5.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.10% of those under age 18 and 7.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

‡ partly in Polk County

Unincorporated community

Townships

Dallas County is divided into these townships:

  • Adams
  • Adel
  • Beaver
  • Boone
  • Colfax
  • Dallas
  • Des Moines
  • Grant
  • Lincoln
  • Linn
  • Spring Valley
  • Sugar Grove
  • Union
  • Van Meter
  • Walnut
  • Washington

Population ranking

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

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 West Des Moines (mostly in Polk County) City 56,609
2 Urbandale (partially in Polk County) City 39,463
3 Clive (partially in Polk County) City 15,447
4 Waukee City 13,790
5 Grimes (mostly in Polk County) City 8,246
6 Perry City 7,702
7 Adel City 3,682
8 Dallas Center City 1,623
9 Granger (partially in Polk County) City 1,244
10 De Soto City 1,050
11 Woodward City 1,024
12 Van Meter City 1,016
13 Redfield City 835
14 Dexter City 611
15 Minburn City 365
16 Linden City 199
17 Dawson City 131
18 Bouton City 129

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