Montgomery County, Iowa facts for kids
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Montgomery County Courthouse
Location within the U.S. state of Iowa
Iowa's location within the U.S.
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|Named for||Richard Montgomery|
|Largest city||Red Oak|
|• Total||425 sq mi (1,100 km2)|
|• Land||424 sq mi (1,100 km2)|
|• Water||0.9 sq mi (2 km2) 0.2%%|
|• Density||25/sq mi (10/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Montgomery County is a county located in the southwestern area of the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,740. Its population has declined since a peak in 1900, since urbanization and decline of family farms. The county seat is Red Oak. The county was founded by European-American migrants from eastern areas in 1851. It was named in honor of Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War general killed in 1775 while trying to capture Quebec City, Canada.
The county has been largely rural and devoted to agriculture. The county was first surveyed in 1852. It is famous as the location of the unsolved Villisca Axe Murders committed in 1912.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 425 square miles (1,100 km2), of which 424 square miles (1,100 km2) is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) (0.2%) is water.
- U.S. Highway 34
- U.S. Highway 71
- Iowa Highway 48
- Pottawattamie County (northwest)
- Cass County (northeast)
- Adams County (east)
- Page County (south)
- Mills County (west)
|U.S. Decennial Census
The 2010 census recorded a population of 10,740 in the county, with a population density of 25.337/sq mi (9.783/km2). There were 5,239 housing units, of which 4,558 were occupied.
- Alix (Douglas Township) 1895-98
- Arlington (Washington Township)
- Biddick (Pilot Grove Township) 1893-1902
- Carr's Point (West Township) 1865-70
- Climax (West Township) 1871-1901
- Coe's Grove 1858-69
- Flora 1859
- Frankfort (County seat from 1864-65) (Frankfort Township) 1856-78
- Hawthorne 1871-1908
- Oro 1856-1858
- Ross Grove (Jackson Township) 1855-63
- Rossville (Jackson Township) 1855
- Sciola (Washington Township) 1855-1905
- Wales (Lincoln Township) 1886-1901
- Wallace (Douglas Township) 1875-78
- Wilson (Pilot Grove Township) 1870-79
- Pilot Grove
- Red Oak
The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Montgomery County.
† county seat
|Rank||City/Town/etc.||Municipal type||Population (2010 Census)|
|1||† Red Oak||City||5,742|
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