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Lucas County
Lucas County Courthouse in Chariton
Map of Iowa highlighting Lucas 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 1846
Named for Robert Lucas
Seat Chariton
Largest city Chariton
Area
 • Total 434 sq mi (1,120 km2)
 • Land 431 sq mi (1,120 km2)
 • Water 3.8 sq mi (10 km2)  0.9%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 8,634
 • Density 19.894/sq mi (7.681/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Lucas County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2020 census, the population was 8,634. The county seat is Chariton. The county was formed in 1846 and was named for Robert Lucas, a Governor of the Territory.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 434 square miles (1,120 km2), of which 431 square miles (1,120 km2) is land and 3.8 square miles (9.8 km2) (0.9%) is water.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 471
1860 5,766 1,124.2%
1870 10,388 80.2%
1880 14,530 39.9%
1890 14,563 0.2%
1900 16,126 10.7%
1910 13,462 −16.5%
1920 15,686 16.5%
1930 15,114 −3.6%
1940 14,571 −3.6%
1950 12,069 −17.2%
1960 10,923 −9.5%
1970 10,163 −7.0%
1980 10,313 1.5%
1990 9,070 −12.1%
2000 9,422 3.9%
2010 8,898 −5.6%
2020 8,634 −3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2018
LucasCountyIowaPop2020
Population of Lucas County from US census data

2020 census

The 2020 census recorded a population of 8,634 in the county, with a population density of 19.9660/sq mi (7.7089/km2). 96.75% of the population reported being of one race. 92.76% were non-Hispanic White, 0.27% were Black, 2.29% were Hispanic, 0.08% were Native American, 0.34% were Asian, 0.00% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 4.26% were some other race or more than one race. There were 4,058 housing units, of which 3,608 were occupied.

2010 census

The 2010 census recorded a population of 8,898 in the county, with a population density of 20.6666/sq mi (7.9794/km2). There were 4,238 housing units, of which 3,689 were occupied.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Benton
  • Cedar
  • English
  • Jackson
  • Liberty
  • Lincoln
  • Otter Creek
  • Pleasant
  • Union
  • Warren
  • Washington
  • Whitebreast

Population ranking

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

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Chariton City 4,321
2 Russell City 554
3 Lucas City 216
4 Williamson City 152
5 Derby City 115

Notable people

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