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Tama County
Tama County Courthouse in Toledo
Map of Iowa highlighting Tama County
Location within the U.S. state of Iowa
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Country  United States
State  Iowa
Founded 1843
Named for Taimah
Seat Toledo
Largest city Tama
Area
 • Total 722 sq mi (1,870 km2)
 • Land 721 sq mi (1,870 km2)
 • Water 1.1 sq mi (3 km2)  0.1%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 17,135
 • Density 23.733/sq mi (9.163/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 1st
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 2020 census, the population was 17,135. Its county seat is Toledo. The county was formed on February 17, 1843 and named for Taimah, a leader of the Meskwaki Indians.

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%
2020 17,135 −3.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2018
TamaCountyIowaPop2020
Population of Tama County from US census data

2020 census

The 2020 census recorded a population of 17,135 in the county, with a population density of 23.7323/sq mi (9.1631/km2). 93.80% of the population reported being of one race. 69.18% were non-Hispanic White, 0.80% were Black, 10.53% were Hispanic, 8.33% were Native American, 0.47% were Asian, 0.01% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 10.68% were some other race or more than one race. There were 7,575 housing units, of which 6,784 were occupied.

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.

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.

Education

Tama County is served by four school districts, the largest of which is South Tama Community School District, at the 3A designation. Second largest is North Tama Community Schools. Lastly both GMG and Meskwaki Settlement School with an eight-man designation.

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