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Webster County, Iowa
Map
Map of Iowa highlighting Webster County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the USA highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1851
Seat Fort Dodge
Largest City Fort Dodge
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

718 sq mi (1,860 km²)
716 sq mi (1,854 km²)
2.8 sq mi (7 km²), 0.4%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

37,071
53/sq mi (20/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.webstercountyia.org
Named for: Daniel Webster

Webster County is a county in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 38,013. The county seat is Fort Dodge. The county was established January 15, 1851 and named after Daniel Webster, an American statesman.

Webster County comprises the Fort Dodge, IA Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 718 square miles (1,860 km2), of which 716 square miles (1,850 km2) is land and 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2) (0.4%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 20.svg U.S. Highway 20
  • US 169 (IA).svg U.S. Highway 169
  • Iowa 7.svg Iowa Highway 7
  • Iowa 175.svg Iowa Highway 175
  • Iowa 144.svg Iowa Highway 144

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 2,504
1870 10,484 318.7%
1880 15,951 52.1%
1890 21,582 35.3%
1900 31,757 47.1%
1910 34,629 9.0%
1920 37,611 8.6%
1930 40,425 7.5%
1940 41,521 2.7%
1950 44,241 6.6%
1960 47,810 8.1%
1970 48,391 1.2%
1980 45,953 −5.0%
1990 40,342 −12.2%
2000 40,235 −0.3%
2010 38,013 −5.5%
Est. 2015 37,071 −2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2010 census

The 2010 census recorded a population of 38,013 in the county, with a population density of 53.1479/sq mi (20.5205/km2). There were 17,035 housing units, of which 15,580 were occupied.

2000 census

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

As of the census of 2000, there were 40,235 people, 15,878 households, and 10,304 families residing in the county. The population density was 56 people per square mile (22/km²). There were 16,969 housing units at an average density of 24 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.39% White, 3.39% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.10% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. 2.35% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 15,878 households out of which 30.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.80% were married couples living together, 9.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.10% were non-families. 30.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 11.10% from 18 to 24, 25.50% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from 45 to 64, and 17.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 100.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,334, and the median income for a family was $43,772. Males had a median income of $31,047 versus $23,042 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,857. About 6.70% of families and 10.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.30% of those under age 18 and 7.00% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Townships

  • Badger
  • Burnside
  • Clay
  • Colfax
  • Cooper
  • Dayton
  • Deer Creek
  • Douglas
  • Elkhorn
  • Fulton
  • Gowrie
  • Hardin
  • Jackson
  • Johnson
  • Lost Grove
  • Newark
  • Otho
  • Pleasant Valley
  • Roland
  • Sumner
  • Wahkonsa
  • Washington
  • Webster
  • Yell

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

Population ranking

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

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Fort Dodge City 25,206
2 Gowrie City 1,037
3 Dayton City 837
4 Stratford (mostly in Hamilton County) City 743
5 Coalville CDP 610
6 Badger City 561
7 Otho City 542
8 Lehigh City 416
9 Duncombe City 410
10 Callender City 376
11 Farnhamville (partially in Calhoun County) City 371
12 Harcourt City 303
13 Barnum City 191
14 Vincent City 174
15 Moorland City 169
16 Clare City 146

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