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Guthrie County, Iowa
Map

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

593 sq mi (1,536 km²)
591 sq mi (1,531 km²)
2.5 sq mi (6 km²), 0.4%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

10,954
19/sq mi (7/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.guthriecounty.org

Guthrie County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,954. 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 five 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.

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information

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%
Est. 2015 10,676 −2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

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.

2000 census

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

As of the census of 2000, there were 11,353 people, 4,641 households, and 3,248 families residing in the county. The population density was 19 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 5,467 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.61% White, 0.12% Black or African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.42% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. 1.06% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,641 households out of which 27.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.00% were married couples living together, 6.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.00% were non-families. 26.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.60% under the age of 18, 6.30% from 18 to 24, 24.80% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 20.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 97.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,495, and the median income for a family was $43,601. Males had a median income of $31,018 versus $22,077 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,726. About 5.80% of families and 8.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.90% of those under age 18 and 8.10% of those age 65 or over.

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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