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

402 sq mi (1,041 km²)
400 sq mi (1,036 km²)
1.8 sq mi (5 km²), 0.5%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

7,598
19/sq mi (7/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.worthcounty.org
Named for: William Jenkins Worth

Worth County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,598. The county seat is in 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

  • I-35.svgIowa 27.svg Interstate 35/Iowa Highway 27
  • US 65.svg U.S. Highway 65
  • US 69.svg U.S. Highway 69
  • Iowa 9.svg Iowa Highway 9

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%
Est. 2015 7,569 −0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

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.

2000 census

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

As of the census of 2000, there were 7,909 people, 3,278 households, and 2,265 families residing in the county. The population density was 20 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 3,534 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.37% White, 0.28% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.42% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. 1.57% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,278 households out of which 30.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 7.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.90% were non-families. 27.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.30% 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 2.88.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.30% under the age of 18, 6.50% from 18 to 24, 26.30% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 19.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 98.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,444, and the median income for a family was $41,763. Males had a median income of $27,927 versus $20,897 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,952. About 6.30% of families and 8.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.60% of those under age 18 and 7.80% of those age 65 or over.

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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