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

474 sq mi (1,228 km²)
473 sq mi (1,225 km²)
0.4 sq mi (1 km²), 0.08%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

9,566
20/sq mi (8/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: http://www.co.howard.ia.us/
Named for: Tilghman Howard

Howard County is a county located in the US state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,566. The county seat is Cresco. The county was founded in 1851 and named after General Tilghman Ashurst Howard, a Representative of Indiana.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 474 square miles (1,230 km2), of which 473 square miles (1,230 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) (0.08%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 63.svg U.S. Highway 63
  • Iowa 9.svg Iowa Highway 9
  • Iowa 139.svg Iowa Highway 139

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 3,168
1870 6,282 98.3%
1880 10,837 72.5%
1890 11,182 3.2%
1900 14,512 29.8%
1910 12,920 −11.0%
1920 13,705 6.1%
1930 13,082 −4.5%
1940 13,531 3.4%
1950 13,105 −3.1%
1960 12,734 −2.8%
1970 11,442 −10.1%
1980 11,114 −2.9%
1990 9,809 −11.7%
2000 9,932 1.3%
2010 9,566 −3.7%
Est. 2015 9,410 −1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2010 census

The 2010 census recorded a population of 9,566 in the county, with a population density of 20.207/sq mi (7.802/km2). There were 4,367 housing units, of which 3,944 were occupied.

2000 census

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

At the 2000 census, there were 9,932 people, 3,974 households and 2,650 families residing in the county. The population density was 21 per square mile (8/km²). There were 4,327 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 99.06% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. 0.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,974 households of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.8% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.03.

26.30% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 20.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.3 males.

The median household income was $34,641 and the median family income was $43,284. Males had a median income of $28,856 compared $21,367 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,842. About 5.6% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.7% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.

Events

The Mighty Howard County Fair is held annually in Cresco, traditionally in the last full week of June. In 2014, the fair celebrated its 121st year.

Communities

Cities

Unincorporated communities

Population ranking

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

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Cresco City 3,868
2 Riceville (partially in Mitchell County) City 785
3 Elma City 546
4 Lime Springs City 505
5 Protivin (partially in Chickasaw County) City 283
6 Chester City 127
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