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Guthrie County
Guthrie County Courthouse
Guthrie County Courthouse
Map of Iowa highlighting Guthrie County
Location within the U.S. state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Iowa
Founded 1851
Seat Guthrie Center
Largest city Guthrie Center
Area
 • Total 593 sq mi (1,540 km2)
 • Land 591 sq mi (1,530 km2)
 • Water 2.5 sq mi (6 km2)  0.4%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 10,623
 • Density 17.914/sq mi (6.917/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 3rd

Guthrie County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2020 census, the population was 10,623. The county seat is Guthrie Center. The county was formed on January 15, 1851, and named after Captain Edwin B. Guthrie, who had died in the Mexican–American War.

Guthrie County is one of the six counties that make up the Des MoinesWest Des Moines, IA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 593 square miles (1,540 km2), of which 591 square miles (1,530 km2) is land and 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2) (0.4%) is water.


Example of native vegetation: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Whiterock_Conservancy_Neighborhood_New_Wiki_Version.JPG

Major highways

  • Iowa 4.svg Iowa Highway 4
  • Iowa 25.svg Iowa Highway 25
  • Iowa 44.svg Iowa Highway 44
  • Iowa 141.svg Iowa Highway 141

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 3,058
1870 7,061 130.9%
1880 14,394 103.9%
1890 17,380 20.7%
1900 18,729 7.8%
1910 17,374 −7.2%
1920 17,596 1.3%
1930 17,324 −1.5%
1940 17,210 −0.7%
1950 15,197 −11.7%
1960 13,607 −10.5%
1970 12,243 −10.0%
1980 11,983 −2.1%
1990 10,935 −8.7%
2000 11,353 3.8%
2010 10,954 −3.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2018
GuthrieCountyIowaPop2020
Population of Guthrie County from US census data

2020 census

The 2020 census recorded a population of 10,623 in the county, with a population density of 17.8659/sq mi (6.8981/km2). 96.86% of the population reported being of one race. 91.86% were non-Hispanic White, 0.34% were Black, 2.58% were Hispanic, 0.22% were Native American, 0.36% were Asian, 0.15% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 4.50% were some other race or more than one race. There were 5,773 housing units, of which 4,529 were occupied.

2010 census

The 2010 census recorded a population of 10,954 in the county, with a population density of 18.5463/sq mi (7.1608/km2). There were 5,756 housing units, of which 4,544 were occupied.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Baker Township
  • Bear Grove Township
  • Beaver Township
  • Cass Township
  • Dodge Township
  • Grant Township
  • Highland Township
  • Jackson Township
  • Orange Township
  • Penn Township
  • Richland Township
  • Seely Township
  • Stuart Township
  • Thompson Township
  • Union Township
  • Valley Township
  • Victory Township

Census-designated places

Population ranking

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

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Stuart (partially in Adair County) City 1,648
2 Guthrie Center City 1,569
3 Lake Panorama CDP 1,309
4 Coon Rapids (mostly in Carroll County) City 1,305
5 Panora City 1,124
6 Adair (mostly in Adair County) City 781
7 Bayard City 471
8 Casey (partially in Adair County) City 426
9 Diamondhead Lake CDP 366
10 Menlo City 353
11 Bagley City 303
12 Yale City 246
13 Jamaica City 224

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