Plymouth County, Iowa facts for kids
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Location within the U.S. state of Iowa
Iowa's location within the U.S.
|Founded||January 15, 1851|
|Largest city||Le Mars|
|• Total||864 sq mi (2,240 km2)|
|• Land||863 sq mi (2,240 km2)|
|• Water||0.8 sq mi (2 km2) 0.1%|
|• Density||29.743/sq mi (11.484/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Plymouth County was formed on January 15, 1851. Settlement began in the county in 1856. In October, 1859, the first courthouse was built in Melbourne, formerly located in the southeast quarter of section 34, Plymouth Township, about five to six miles due south of Merrill. The first public school opened its doors there with 32 pupils. In 1872, the county seat was moved to Le Mars and a new courthouse and a jail were built there in 1873. The courthouse in present use was built in 1900 of red sandstone.
During the Great Depression, the farmers organized a group, which they named the Farmers Holiday Group. The goal was to keep farm products off the market until the desired price was met. A radical group among them abducted Judge Bradley from his court chamber and threatened to hang him in the front of the courthouse. Bradley was freed, but the governor ordered the national guard to Plymouth County and declared state of emergency, which meant the end of the Farmers Holiday Group.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 864 square miles (2,240 km2), of which 863 square miles (2,240 km2) is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) (0.1%) is water. It is the fourth-largest county by area in Iowa.
- Sioux County (north)
- Cherokee County (east)
- Woodbury County (south)
- Union County, South Dakota (west)
|U.S. Decennial Census
The 2020 census recorded a population of 25,698 in the county, with a population density of 29.7132/sq mi (11.4723/km2). 95.81% of the population reported being of one race. 84.80% were non-Hispanic White, 1.39% were Black, 5.82% were Hispanic, 0.34% were Native American, 0.45% were Asian, 0.46% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 6.74% were some other race or more than one race. There were 10,818 housing units, of which 10,171 were occupied.
The 2010 census recorded a population of 24,986 in the county, with a population density of 28.9337/sq mi (11.1714/km2). There were 10,550 housing units, of which 9,875 were occupied.
Points of interest
The Pappas Telecasting Tower, with a height of 603.5 metres (1,980 ft), is one of the tallest masts in the world.
- William G. Kirchner, Minnesota state legislator and banker
- Ralph Klemme, Iowa state legislator and farmer
- Jim Nicholson, Former Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Republican National Chairman and U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican
- Johnny Niggeling, Major league baseball pitcher
- Paul Rust, actor and comedian
- Thomas Starzl, innovator in organ transplant surgery
- Isaac S. Struble, Congressman (1883–1891) after whom Struble is named
- William Garner Waddel, South Dakota State Senator
- Union Center (Also known as "The U")
- West Le Mars
The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Plymouth County.
† county seat
|Rank||City/Town/etc.||Municipal type||Population (2010 Census)|
|1||Sioux City (almost entirely in Woodbury County)||City||82,684|
|2||† Le Mars||City||9,826|
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