Decatur County, Iowa facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsDecatur County, Iowa
Location in the state of Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
533 sq mi (1,380 km²)
532 sq mi (1,378 km²)
1.6 sq mi (4 km²), 0.3%
16/sq mi (6/km²)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
|Named for: Stephen Decatur, Jr.|
Decatur County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,457. The county seat is Leon. This county is named for Stephen Decatur, Jr., a hero in the War of 1812.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 533 square miles (1,380 km2), of which 532 square miles (1,380 km2) is land and 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) (0.3%) is water.
- Interstate 35
- U.S. Highway 69
- Iowa Highway 2
- Clarke County (north)
- Wayne County (east)
- Mercer County, Missouri (southeast)
- Harrison County, Missouri (southwest)
- Ringgold County (west)
|U.S. Decennial Census
The 2010 census recorded a population of 8,457 in the county, with a population density of 15.897/sq mi (6.138/km2). There were 3,834 housing units, of which 3,223 were occupied.
At the 2000 census, there were 8,689 people, 3,337 households and 2,149 families residing in the county. The population density was 16 per square mile (6/km²). There were 3,833 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.46% White, 0.98% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.46% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. 1.70% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 3,337 households of which 28.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.30% were married couples living together, 7.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.60% were non-families. 30.30% 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 2.37 and the average family size was 2.96.
23.00% of the population were under the age of 18, 16.30% from 18 to 24, 21.60% from 25 to 44, 21.50% from 45 to 64, and 17.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.90 males.
The median household income was $27,343 and the median family income was $34,831. Males had a median income of $25,569 compared with $19,309 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,209. About 10.90% of families and 15.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.60% of those under age 18 and 13.70% of those age 65 or over.
Decatur County is considered to be the poorest in Iowa, reporting that almost 20% of its residents live in poverty.
Dan Doerfler, PE
Clerk of Court
Public Health Administrator
Veterans Affairs Administrator
Mental Health Director
Decatur County is divided into these townships:
- Garden Grove
- Grand River
- High Point
- Long Creek
- New Buda
The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Decatur County.
† county seat
|Rank||City/Town/etc.||Municipal type||Population (2010 Census)|
|8||Weldon (partially in Clarke County)||City||125|
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