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

571 sq mi (1,479 km²)
570 sq mi (1,476 km²)
1.6 sq mi (4 km²), 0.3%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

9,336
16/sq mi (6/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.greene.ia.us
Named for: Nathanael Greene

Greene County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,336. The county seat is Jefferson. The county is named in honor of General Nathanael Greene.

History

Greene County was formed on January 15, 1851 and from 1854, self-governed. It was named after General Nathanael Greene, a hero in the Revolutionary War. The first settler was Truman Davis. He settled on the Raccoon River.

The first courthouse was built in 1856 from wood. Previously court was held in a log cabin southeast of Jefferson. The second courthouse, of red brick, was built in 1870. The present Greene County Courthouse used today was built in 1917.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 571 square miles (1,480 km2), of which 570 square miles (1,500 km2) is land and 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) (0.3%) is water.

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information

Major highways

  • US 30.svg U.S. Route 30
  • Iowa 4.svg Iowa Highway 4
  • Iowa 25.svg Iowa Highway 25
  • Iowa 144.svg Iowa Highway 144

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,374
1870 4,627 236.8%
1880 12,727 175.1%
1890 15,797 24.1%
1900 17,820 12.8%
1910 16,023 −10.1%
1920 16,467 2.8%
1930 16,528 0.4%
1940 16,599 0.4%
1950 15,544 −6.4%
1960 14,379 −7.5%
1970 12,716 −11.6%
1980 12,119 −4.7%
1990 10,045 −17.1%
2000 10,366 3.2%
2010 9,336 −9.9%
Est. 2015 9,027 −3.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2010 census

The 2010 census recorded a population of 9,336 in the county, with a population density of 16.4248/sq mi (6.3417/km2). There were 4,546 housing units, of which 3,996 were occupied.

2000 census

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

As of the census of 2000, there were 10,366 people, 4,205 households, and 2,859 families residing in the county. The population density was 18 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 4,623 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.16% White, 0.14% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.67% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. 1.66% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,205 households out of which 30.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.30% were married couples living together, 7.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.00% were non-families. 29.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.60% under the age of 18, 6.10% from 18 to 24, 24.30% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 21.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 95.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,883, and the median income for a family was $41,230. Males had a median income of $29,076 versus $21,657 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,866. About 4.80% of families and 8.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.90% of those under age 18 and 7.80% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Unincorporated community

Townships

  • Bristol
  • Cedar
  • Dawson
  • Franklin
  • Grant
  • Greenbrier
  • Hardin
  • Highland
  • Jackson
  • Junction
  • Kendrick
  • Paton
  • Scranton
  • Washington
  • Willow

Population ranking

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

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Jefferson City 4,345
2 Grand Junction City 824
3 Scranton City 557
4 Churdan City 386
5 Rippey City 292
6 Paton City 236
7 Ralston (partially in Carroll County) City 79
8 Dana City 71

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