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Worth County
The Worth County Courthouse
Map of Iowa highlighting Worth 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 1851
Named for William Jenkins Worth
Seat Northwood
Largest city Northwood
Area
 • Total 402 sq mi (1,040 km2)
 • Land 400 sq mi (1,000 km2)
 • Water 1.8 sq mi (5 km2)  0.5%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 7,443
 • Density 18.515/sq mi (7.149/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 1st

Worth County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2020 census, the population was 7,443. The county seat is Northwood. The county was founded in 1851 and named for Major General William Jenkins Worth (1794–1849), an officer in both the Seminole War and the Mexican–American War.

Worth County is part of the Mason City, IA Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 402 square miles (1,040 km2), of which 400 square miles (1,000 km2) is land and 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) (0.5%) is water. It is the fourth-smallest county in Iowa by land area and third-smallest by total area.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 756
1870 2,892 282.5%
1880 7,953 175.0%
1890 9,247 16.3%
1900 10,887 17.7%
1910 9,950 −8.6%
1920 11,630 16.9%
1930 11,164 −4.0%
1940 11,449 2.6%
1950 11,068 −3.3%
1960 10,259 −7.3%
1970 8,968 −12.6%
1980 9,075 1.2%
1990 7,991 −11.9%
2000 7,909 −1.0%
2010 7,598 −3.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2018
WorthCountyIowaPop2020
Population of Worth County from US census data

2020 census

The 2020 census recorded a population of 7,443 in the county, with a population density of 18.5359/sq mi (7.1568/km2). 96.49% of the population reported being of one race. 91.76% were non-Hispanic White, 0.81% were Black, 2.83% were Hispanic, 0.11% were Native American, 0.43% were Asian, 0.01% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 4.04% were some other race or more than one race. There were 3,480 housing units, of which 3,127 were occupied.

2010 census

The 2010 census recorded a population of 7,598 in the county, with a population density of 18.9950/sq mi (7.3340/km2). There were 3,548 housing units, of which 3,172 were occupied.

Communities

Cities

Census-designated place

Townships

  • Barton
  • Bristol
  • Brookfield
  • Danville
  • Deer Creek
  • Fertile
  • Grove
  • Hartland
  • Kensett
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Lake
  • Union

Population ranking

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

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Northwood City 1,989
2 Manly City 1,323
3 Fertile City 370
4 Kensett City 266
5 Grafton City 252
6 Hanlontown City 226
7 Joice City 222
8 Bolan CDP 33
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