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Emmet County
Emmet County Courthouse
Emmet County Courthouse
Map of Iowa highlighting Emmet County
Location within the U.S. state of Iowa
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Iowa's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Iowa
Founded 1851
Named for Robert Emmet
Seat Estherville
Largest city Estherville
Area
 • Total 408 sq mi (1,060 km2)
 • Land 401.4 sq mi (1,040 km2)
 • Water 6.6 sq mi (17 km2)  1.6%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 9,388
 • Density 23.010/sq mi (8.884/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 4th

Emmet County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2020 census, the population was 9,388. 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%
2020 9,388 −8.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2018
EmmetCountyIowaPop2020
Population of Emmet County from US census data

2020 census

The 2020 census recorded a population of 9,388 in the county, with a population density of 22.9385/sq mi (8.8566/km2). 94.84% of the population reported being of one race. 79.56% were non-Hispanic White, 0.98% were Black, 9.45% were Hispanic, 0.58% were Native American, 0.34% were Asian, 0.03% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 9.06% were some other race or more than one race. There were 4,475 housing units of which 3,972 were occupied.

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.

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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