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Kossuth County
Kossuth County Courthouse
Kossuth County Courthouse
Map of Iowa highlighting Kossuth 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 January 15, 1851
Named for Lajos Kossuth
Seat Algona
Largest city Algona
Area
 • Total 974 sq mi (2,520 km2)
 • Land 973 sq mi (2,520 km2)
 • Water 1.6 sq mi (4 km2)  0.2%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 15,543
 • Density 16/sq mi (6/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 4th

Kossuth County is a county in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,543. The county seat is Algona.

History

Kossuth County was founded on January 15, 1851. It was named after Lajos Kossuth, Regent-President of Hungary who went to exile to America following the war of independence of Hungary from Austria. The county was enlarged northward in 1857 by the inclusion of the former Bancroft County.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 974 square miles (2,520 km2), of which 973 square miles (2,520 km2) is land and 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) (0.2%) is water. It is Iowa's largest county by area.

Major highways

  • US 18.svg U.S. Highway 18
  • US 169 (IA).svg U.S. Highway 169
  • Iowa 9.svg Iowa Highway 9
  • Iowa 15.svg Iowa Highway 15
  • Iowa 17.svg Iowa Highway 17

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 416
1870 3,351 705.5%
1880 6,178 84.4%
1890 13,120 112.4%
1900 22,720 73.2%
1910 21,971 −3.3%
1920 25,082 14.2%
1930 25,452 1.5%
1940 26,630 4.6%
1950 26,241 −1.5%
1960 25,314 −3.5%
1970 22,937 −9.4%
1980 21,891 −4.6%
1990 18,591 −15.1%
2000 17,163 −7.7%
2010 15,543 −9.4%
2015 (est.) 15,165 −2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2010 census

The 2010 census recorded a population of 15,543 in the county, with a population density of 15.9741/sq mi (6.1676/km2). There were 7,486 housing units, of which 6,697 were occupied.

Communities

Cities

Census-designated places

Townships

  • Buffalo
  • Burt
  • Cresco
  • Eagle
  • Fenton
  • Garfield
  • German
  • Grant
  • Greenwood
  • Harrison
  • Hebron
  • Irvington
  • Ledyard
  • Lincoln
  • Lotts Creek
  • Lu Verne
  • Plum Creek
  • Portland
  • Prairie
  • Ramsey
  • Riverdale
  • Seneca
  • Sherman
  • Springfield
  • Swea
  • Union
  • Wesley
  • Whittemore

Population ranking

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

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Algona City 5,560
2 West Bend (mostly in Palo Alto County) City 785
3 Bancroft City 732
4 Swea City City 536
5 Burt City 533
6 Whittemore City 504
7 Titonka City 476
8 Wesley City 390
9 Fenton City 279
10 Lu Verne (partially in Humboldt County) City 261
11 Lakota City 255
12 Lone Rock City 146
13 Ledyard City 130
14 St. Joseph CDP 61
15 St. Benedict CDP 39
16 Irvington CDP 38
17 Sexton CDP 37
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