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Ringgold County, Iowa
Map

Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the USA highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 24, 1847
Seat Mount Ayr
Largest City Mount Ayr
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

539 sq mi (1,396 km²)
535 sq mi (1,386 km²)
3.4 sq mi (9 km²), 0.6%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

5,131
10/sq mi (4/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: http://www.ringgoldcounty.us/
Named for: Samuel Ringgold

Ringgold County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 5,131, making it the second-least populous county in Iowa. The county seat is Mount Ayr. The county is named after Maj. Samuel Ringgold, a hero of the Battle of Palo Alto fought in May 1846, during the Mexican-American War. It is one of the 26 Iowa counties which has a name not shared with any other county in the United States.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 539 square miles (1,400 km2), of which 535 square miles (1,390 km2) is land and 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2) (0.6%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 169 (IA).svg U.S. Highway 169
  • Iowa 2.svg Iowa Highway 2
  • Iowa 25.svg Iowa Highway 25

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 2,923
1870 5,691 94.7%
1880 12,085 112.4%
1890 13,556 12.2%
1900 15,325 13.0%
1910 12,904 −15.8%
1920 12,919 0.1%
1930 11,966 −7.4%
1940 11,137 −6.9%
1950 9,528 −14.4%
1960 7,910 −17.0%
1970 6,373 −19.4%
1980 6,112 −4.1%
1990 5,420 −11.3%
2000 5,469 0.9%
2010 5,131 −6.2%
Est. 2015 5,068 −1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2010 census

The 2010 census recorded a population of 5,131 in the county, with a population density of 9.5430/sq mi (3.6846/km2). There were 2,613 housing units, of which 2,047 were occupied.

2000 census

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

As of the census of 2000, there were 5,469 people, 2,245 households, and 1,537 families residing in the county. The population density was 10 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 2,789 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 99.07% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.02% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. 0.24% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,245 households out of which 27.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.70% were married couples living together, 5.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.50% were non-families. 28.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 21.40% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 24.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 94.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,110, and the median income for a family was $34,472. Males had a median income of $24,583 versus $20,606 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,023. About 9.40% of families and 14.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.40% of those under age 18 and 16.40% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Census-designated place

Population ranking

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

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Mount Ayr City 1,691
2 Clearfield (mostly in Taylor County) City 363
3 Diagonal City 330
4 Kellerton City 315
5 Tingley City 184
6 Sun Valley Lake CDP 161
7 Redding City 82
8 Shannon City (partially in Union County) City 71
9 Ellston City 43
10 Benton City 41
11 Maloy City 29
12 Delphos City 25
13 Beaconsfield City 15

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