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

408 sq mi (1,057 km²)
401.4 sq mi (1,040 km²)
6.6 sq mi (17 km²), 1.6%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

10,302
26/sq mi (10/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.emmetcountyia.com
Named for: Robert Emmet

Emmet County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,302. The county seat is Estherville.

History

Emmet County was authorized by the Iowa Legislature in 1851,. There were finally enough settlers in the area to organize the county in 1859. The county was named for the Irish patriot Robert Emmet, who was hanged as a traitor to the British government at the age of 25 .

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 403 square miles (1,040 km2), of which 396 square miles (1,030 km2) is land and 6.6 square miles (17 km2) (1.4=6%) is water. It is the second-smallest county by land area in Iowa, and the fourth-smallest by total area.

Major highways

  • Iowa 4.svg Iowa Highway 4
  • Iowa 9.svg Iowa Highway 9
  • Iowa 15.svg Iowa Highway 15

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 105
1870 1,392 1,225.7%
1880 1,550 11.4%
1890 4,274 175.7%
1900 9,936 132.5%
1910 9,816 −1.2%
1920 12,627 28.6%
1930 12,856 1.8%
1940 13,406 4.3%
1950 14,102 5.2%
1960 14,871 5.5%
1970 14,009 −5.8%
1980 13,336 −4.8%
1990 11,569 −13.2%
2000 11,027 −4.7%
2010 10,302 −6.6%
Est. 2015 9,769 −5.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2010 census

The 2010 census recorded a population of 10,302 in the county, with a population density of 26.0322/sq mi (10.0511/km2). There were 4,758 housing units, of which 4,236 were occupied.

2000 census

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

As of the census of 2000, there were 11,027 people, 4,450 households, and 2,910 families residing in the county. The population density was 28 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 4,889 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.38% White, 0.24% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.25% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. 4.31% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,450 households out of which 27.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.00% were married couples living together, 7.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.60% were non-families. 30.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.20% under the age of 18, 10.10% from 18 to 24, 23.80% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 19.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,305, and the median income for a family was $41,296. Males had a median income of $27,495 versus $20,278 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,619. About 5.20% of families and 8.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.40% of those under age 18 and 9.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Unincorporated communities

Townships

Emmet County is divided into twelve townships:

  • Armstrong Grove
  • Center
  • Denmark
  • Ellsworth
  • Emmet
  • Estherville
  • High Lake
  • Iowa Lake
  • Jack Creek
  • Lincoln
  • Swan Lake
  • Twelve Mile Lake

Population ranking

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

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Estherville City 6,360
2 Armstrong City 926
3 Ringsted City 422
4 Wallingford City 197
5 Gruver City 94
6 Dolliver City 66
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