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Scott County, Iowa
Seal of Scott County, Iowa
Map

Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the USA highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1837
Seat Davenport
Largest City Davenport
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

468 sq mi (1,212 km²)
458 sq mi (1,186 km²)
10 sq mi (26 km²), 2.2%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

165,224
361/sq mi (139/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.scottcountyiowa.com
Named for: Winfield Scott

Scott County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 165,224, making it the third-most populous county in Iowa. The county seat is Davenport.

Scott County is included in the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Scott County, Iowa Courthouse
The newly redesigned courthouse entrance

The first American settlement in the area now known as Scott County was Clark's Ferry or Clark's Landing (now Buffalo) in 1833. Other early towns included Davenport (now the county seat and largest city) and the town of Rockingham (which ceased to exist in 1847). The area was fully surveyed in 1837, and the county was established by the Wisconsin territorial legislature in that same year. Scott County is named for General Winfield Scott, who was the presiding officer at the signing of the peace treaty ending the Black Hawk War.

By 1900 the population of the county was 51,500, and by 1950 it was over 100,000. Scott County now comprises part of the Quad City region, which includes the cities of Davenport and Bettendorf (in Iowa) and Rock Island, Moline and East Moline (in Illinois).

The present Scott County Courthouse was completed in 1955 and expanded along with the jail in 2007. The old section of the Scott County Jail was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 468 square miles (1,210 km2), of which 458 square miles (1,190 km2) is land and 10 square miles (26 km2) (2.2%) is water.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 5,986
1860 25,959 333.7%
1870 38,599 48.7%
1880 41,266 6.9%
1890 43,164 4.6%
1900 51,558 19.4%
1910 60,000 16.4%
1920 73,952 23.3%
1930 77,332 4.6%
1940 84,748 9.6%
1950 100,698 18.8%
1960 119,067 18.2%
1970 142,687 19.8%
1980 160,022 12.1%
1990 150,973 −5.7%
2000 158,668 5.1%
2010 165,224 4.1%
Est. 2016 176,126 6.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

The US Census Bureau estimated Scott County's population at 170,385 in 2013, fourth fastest-growing out of Iowa’s 99 counties after Dallas County, Iowa, a Western suburb of Des Moines, Iowa, Johnson County, Iowa, Polk County, Iowa, and followed by Warren County, Iowa being the top five.

2010 census

The 2010 census recorded a population of 165,224 in the county, with a population density of 360.806/sq mi (139.308/km2). There were 71,835 housing units, of which 66,765 were occupied.

2000 census

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

As of the census of 2000, there were 158,668 people, 62,334 households, and 41,888 families residing in the county. The population density was 346 people per square mile (134/km²). There were 65,649 housing units at an average density of 143 per square mile (55/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.54% White, 6.11% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 1.58% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.64% from other races, and 1.80% from two or more races. 4.06% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 62,334 households out of which 33.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.30% were married couples living together, 11.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.80% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.04.

Age spread: 26.50% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 29.40% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 11.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 95.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,701, and the median income for a family was $52,045. Males had a median income of $38,985 versus $25,456 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,310. About 7.70% of families and 10.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.70% of those under age 18 and 5.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Scott County Administration Building
Scott County Administration Building

Cities

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated communities

Townships

Former township

Population ranking

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

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Davenport City 99,685
2 Bettendorf City 33,217
3 Eldridge City 5,651
4 Le Claire City 3,765
5 Park View CDP 2,389
6 Durant (partially in Cedar and Muscatine Counties) City 1,832
7 Walcott (partially in Muscatine County) City 1,629
8 Blue Grass (partially in Muscatine County) City 1,452
9 Buffalo City 1,270
10 Princeton City 886
11 Long Grove City 808
12 Riverdale City 405
13 Donahue City 346
14 McCausland City 291
15 Dixon City 247
16 Maysville City 176
17 New Liberty City 137
18 Panorama Park City 129
19 Desmond Acres City 97

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