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

441 sq mi (1,142 km²)
437 sq mi (1,132 km²)
3.2 sq mi (8 km²), 0.7%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

15,059
34/sq mi (13/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.millscoia.us

Mills County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,059. The county seat is Glenwood. The county was formed in 1851 and named for Major Frederick Mills of Burlington, Iowa who was killed at the Battle of Churubusco during the Mexican-American War.

Mills County is included in the Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 441 square miles (1,140 km2), of which 437 square miles (1,130 km2) is land and 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2) (0.7%) is water.

Major highways

  • I-29.svg Interstate 29
  • US 34.svg U.S. Highway 34
  • US 59.svg U.S. Highway 59
  • US 275 (IA).svg U.S. Highway 275
  • Iowa 370.svg Iowa Highway 370

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 4,481
1870 8,718 94.6%
1880 14,137 62.2%
1890 14,548 2.9%
1900 16,764 15.2%
1910 15,811 −5.7%
1920 15,422 −2.5%
1930 15,866 2.9%
1940 15,064 −5.1%
1950 14,064 −6.6%
1960 13,050 −7.2%
1970 11,832 −9.3%
1980 13,406 13.3%
1990 13,202 −1.5%
2000 14,547 10.2%
2010 15,059 3.5%
Est. 2015 14,844 −1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2010 census

The 2010 census recorded a population of 15,059 in the county, with a population density of 34.4971/sq mi (13.3194/km2). There were 6,109 housing units, of which 5,605 were occupied.

2000 census

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

As of the census of 2000, there were 14,547 people, 5,324 households, and 3,939 families residing in the county. The population density was 33 people per square mile (13/km²). There were 5,671 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.97% White, 0.28% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.36% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. 1.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,324 households out of which 34.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.70% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.00% were non-families. 22.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.80% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 25.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 100.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,428, and the median income for a family was $49,592. Males had a median income of $31,721 versus $24,938 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,736. About 5.80% of families and 8.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.30% of those under age 18 and 7.60% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

LoessHillsandMissouriRiverValley
The Loess Hills and Missouri River Valley south of Glenwood

Cities

Census-designated place

Population ranking

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

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Glenwood City 5,269
2 Malvern City 1,142
3 Tabor (mostly in Fremont County) City 1,040
4 Pacific Junction City 471
5 Emerson City 438
6 Silver City City 245
7 Henderson City 185
8 Mineola CDP 166
9 Hastings City 152
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