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Webster County
The courthouse in Fort Dodge is on the NRHP.
The courthouse in Fort Dodge is on the NRHP.
Map of Iowa highlighting Webster County
Location within the U.S. state of Iowa
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Iowa's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Iowa
Founded January 15, 1851
Named for Daniel Webster
Seat Fort Dodge
Largest city Fort Dodge
Area
 • Total 718 sq mi (1,860 km2)
 • Land 716 sq mi (1,850 km2)
 • Water 2.8 sq mi (7 km2)  0.4%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 36,999
 • Density 51.53/sq mi (19.896/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 4th

Webster County is a county in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2020 census, the population was 36,999. The county seat is Fort Dodge. The county was established in January 1851, one of 43 counties established by a legislative package. This county was named after Daniel Webster, an American statesman noted for his moving oratory.

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%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2018
WebsterCountyIowaPop2020
Population of Webster County from 1860 to 2010

2020 census

The 2020 census recorded a population of 36,999 in the county, with a population density of 51.5199/sq mi (19.8919/km2). 94.86% of the population reported being of one race. 81.20% were non-Hispanic White, 4.93% were Black, 5.58% were Hispanic, 0.48% were Native American, 0.82% were Asian, 0.04% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 6.95% were some other race or more than one race. There were 16,937 housing units, of which 15,046 were occupied.

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.

Population ranking

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2020 census of Webster County.

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2020 Census)
1 Fort Dodge City 24,871
2 Gowrie City 952
3 Dayton City 772
4 Coalville CDP 651
5 Badger City 522
6 Otho City 429
7 Lehigh City 395
8 Duncombe City 381
9 Callender City 368
10 Harcourt City 264
11 Barnum City 175
12 Moorland City 168
13 Clare City 136
14 Vincent City 130
15 Stratford (mostly in Hamilton County) City 22 (707 total)
16 Farnhamville (mostly in Calhoun County) City 0 (383 total)

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

Notable people

  • Robert Schliske, member of the Wyoming House of Representatives, 1971–1975, born in Webster County
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