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Tama County, Iowa
Map
Map of Iowa highlighting Tama County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the USA highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1843
Seat Toledo
Largest City Tama
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

722 sq mi (1,870 km²)
721 sq mi (1,867 km²)
1.1 sq mi (3 km²), 0.1%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

17,676
25/sq mi (10/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.tamacounty.org
Named for: Taimah
Taimah
Taimah, from A.R. Fulton's Red Men of Iowa 1882

Tama County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,767. Its county seat is Toledo. The county was formed on February 17, 1843

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 722 square miles (1,870 km2), of which 721 square miles (1,870 km2) is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) (0.1%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 30.svg U.S. Highway 30
  • US 63.svg U.S. Highway 63
  • Iowa 8.svg Iowa Highway 8
  • Iowa 21.svg Iowa Highway 21
  • Iowa 96.svg Iowa Highway 96
  • Iowa 146.svg Iowa Highway 146

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 8
1860 5,285 65,962.5%
1870 16,131 205.2%
1880 21,585 33.8%
1890 22,052 2.2%
1900 24,585 11.5%
1910 22,156 −9.9%
1920 21,861 −1.3%
1930 21,987 0.6%
1940 22,428 2.0%
1950 21,688 −3.3%
1960 21,413 −1.3%
1970 20,147 −5.9%
1980 19,533 −3.0%
1990 17,419 −10.8%
2000 18,103 3.9%
2010 17,767 −1.9%
Est. 2015 17,337 −2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2010 census

The 2010 census recorded a population of 17,767 in the county, with a population density of 24.5638/sq mi (9.4841/km2). There were 7,766 housing units, of which 6,947 were occupied.

2000 census

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

As of the census of 2000, there were 17,767 people, 7,018 households, and 4,968 families residing in the county. The population density was 25 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 7,583 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.38% White, 0.25% Black or African American, 6.09% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.90% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. 3.75% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,018 households out of which 31.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.20% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.20% were non-families. 25.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.60% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 25.20% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 18.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 96.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,419, and the median income for a family was $43,646. Males had a median income of $30,723 versus $22,597 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,097. About 7.60% of families and 10.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.50% of those under age 18 and 9.40% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Meskwaki Settlement, Iowa
Meskwaki Settlement water tower

Unincorporated communities

Townships

Tama County is divided into twenty-one townships:

  • Buckingham
  • Carlton
  • Carroll
  • Clark
  • Columbia
  • Crystal
  • Geneseo
  • Grant
  • Highland
  • Howard
  • Indian Village
  • Lincoln
  • Oneida
  • Otter Creek
  • Perry
  • Richland
  • Salt Creek
  • Spring Creek
  • Tama
  • Toledo
  • York

Population ranking

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

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Tama City 2,877
2 Toledo City 2,341
3 Traer City 1,703
4 Dysart City 1,379
5 Sac and Fox/Meskwaki Settlement AIAN 1,062
6 Gladbrook City 945
7 Le Grand (mostly in Marshall County) City 938
8 Garwin City 527
9 Chelsea City 267
10 Montour City 249
11 Clutier City 213
12 Elberon City 196
13 Lincoln City 162
14 Vining City 50

Notable natives

  • George R. Struble (1836–1918). Iowa judge and politician from Toledo. Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives, 1881-1883. Ardent prohibitionist. Brother of John T. Struble of Johnson County, Iowa, and Congressman Isaac S. Struble of Plymouth County, Iowa. Biography in the Journal of the House, memorial resolution of 3/23/1921.
  • Michael Emerson Born In Cedar Rapids,Iowa and raised in Toledo, Iowa, Emmerson has been on Broadway and made appearances on Lost in 2004.
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