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Cedar County, Iowa
Cedar County IA Courthouse.JPG
Cedar County Courthouse
Map of Iowa highlighting Cedar County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Founded 1837
Named for Cedar River
Seat Tipton
Largest city Tipton
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

582 sq mi (1,507 km²)
579 sq mi (1,500 km²)
2.5 sq mi (6 km²), 0.4
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

18,505
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website https://cedarcounty.iowa.gov/

Cedar County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2020 census, the population was 18,505.[1] Its county seat is Tipton.[2] The county is named for the Cedar River, which runs through the county.

Cedar County is located between the Cedar Rapids, Quad Cities and Iowa City metropolitan areas, areas also known as the "Tri-Metro" county. It is the only Iowa county which shares the name of a tree.

Cedar County was the focus of the Iowa Cow War of 1931.

History[]

Cedar County was formed on December 21, 1837, from sections of Dubuque County. It was named for the Cedar River.

In 1840, the City of Tipton, the current county seat, was established.

Before the Civil War, the area around West Branch was an active focal point of the Underground Railroad, a network for the freeing of slaves from the southern states.

The former US President Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) was born in West Branch in Cedar County.[3]

The Cedar County Sheriff's House and Jail is believed to be the last jail and residence combination still in use when it closed in 2001.[4] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.

Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 582 square miles (1,510 km2), of which 579 square miles (1,500 km2) is land and 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2) (0.4%) is water.[5] Rock Creek flows through Cedar County.

Major highways[]

  • I-80.svg Interstate 80
  • US 6 (IA).svg U.S. Route 6
  • US 30 (IA).svg U.S. Route 30
  • Iowa 38.svg Iowa Highway 38
  • Iowa 130.svg Iowa Highway 130

Adjacent counties[]

National protected area[]

  • Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 3,941
1860 12,949 228.6%
1870 19,731 52.4%
1880 18,936 −4.0%
1890 18,253 −3.6%
1900 19,371 6.1%
1910 17,765 −8.3%
1920 17,560 −1.2%
1930 16,760 −4.6%
1940 16,884 0.7%
1950 16,910 0.2%
1960 17,791 5.2%
1970 17,655 −0.8%
1980 18,635 5.6%
1990 17,444 −6.4%
2000 18,187 4.3%
2010 18,499 1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2020[10]

Population of Cedar County from US census data

2020 census[]

The 2020 census recorded a population of 18,505 in the county, with a population density of 31.7402/sq mi (12.2550/km2). 96.29% of the population reported being of one race. 91.92% were non-Hispanic White, 0.45% were Black, 2.50% were Hispanic, 0.28% were Native American, 0.34% were Asian, 0.01% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 4.51% were some other race or more than one race. There were 8,190 housing units of which 7,594 were occupied.[1]

2010 census[]

The 2010 census recorded a population of 13,956 in the county, with a population density of 31.89/sq mi (12.31/km2). There were 8,064 housing units, of which 7,511 were occupied.[11]

2000 census[]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Cedar County

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 18,187 people, 7,147 households, and 5,138 families residing in the county. The population density was 31 people per square mile (12/km2). There were 7,570 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.47% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. 0.94% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,147 households, out of which 33.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.60% were married couples living together, 6.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 23.70% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 25.30% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 27.70% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 16.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,198, and the median income for a family was $48,850. Males had a median income of $32,008 versus $23,260 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,200. About 4.00% of families and 5.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.00% of those under age 18 and 7.70% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[]

Cities[]

  • Bennett
  • Clarence
  • Durant
  • Lowden
  • Mechanicsville
  • Stanwood
  • Tipton
  • West Branch
  • Wilton

Census-designated place[]

  • Rochester

Unincorporated communities[]

  • Buchanan
  • Cedar Bluff
  • Cedar Valley
  • Centerdale
  • Downey
  • Lime City
  • Plato
  • Massillon
  • Springdale
  • Sunbury
  • Wald

Townships[]

Cedar County is divided into seventeen townships:

  • Cass
  • Center
  • Dayton
  • Fairfield
  • Farmington
  • Fremont
  • Gower
  • Inland
  • Iowa
  • Linn
  • Massillon
  • Pioneer
  • Red Oak
  • Rochester
  • Springdale
  • Springfield
  • Sugar Creek

Population ranking[]

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2020 census of Cedar County.[1] county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2020 Census)
1 Tipton City 3,149
2 Wilton (mostly in Muscatine County) City 2,924
3 West Branch (partially in Johnson County) City 2,509
4 Durant (partially in Muscatine and Scott Counties) City 1,871
5 Clarence City 1,039
6 Mechanicsville City 1,020
7 Lowden City 807
8 Stanwood City 637
9 Bennett City 347
10 Rochester CDP 142

Notable people[]

  • Herbert Hoover (1874–1964), the 31st President of the United States (1929–1933) and the first president born west of the Mississippi River (born in West Branch in 1874).
  • John Brown (1800–1859), abolitionist, maintained his headquarters at William Maxson's house near the small community of Springdale in Cedar County while planning his Harpers Ferry raid; Edwin and Barclay Coppock of Springdale participated in the raid.
  • Lawrie Tatum (1822–1900), an Indian Agent to the Kiowa and Comanche tribes and, beginning in 1884, guardian to future President Herbert Hoover.

Politics[]

United States presidential election results for Cedar County, Iowa[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 6,161 57.56% 4,337 40.52% 205 1.92%
2016 5,295 55.50% 3,599 37.72% 647 6.78%
2012 4,529 46.94% 4,972 51.53% 148 1.53%
2008 4,289 44.38% 5,221 54.02% 155 1.60%
2004 4,869 50.23% 4,747 48.97% 78 0.80%
2000 4,031 48.31% 4,033 48.33% 280 3.36%
1996 2,966 38.64% 3,856 50.23% 854 11.13%
1992 2,965 35.98% 3,296 40.00% 1,979 24.02%
1988 3,373 45.10% 4,032 53.91% 74 0.99%
1984 4,617 59.59% 3,086 39.83% 45 0.58%
1980 4,398 56.41% 2,589 33.21% 810 10.39%
1976 4,308 55.08% 3,354 42.88% 160 2.05%
1972 4,452 63.39% 2,465 35.10% 106 1.51%
1968 4,494 59.02% 2,675 35.13% 445 5.84%
1964 3,106 40.16% 4,617 59.69% 12 0.16%
1960 5,217 61.92% 3,203 38.02% 5 0.06%
1956 5,344 64.71% 2,912 35.26% 2 0.02%
1952 6,176 71.48% 2,447 28.32% 17 0.20%
1948 3,957 56.40% 2,958 42.16% 101 1.44%
1944 4,673 63.95% 2,610 35.72% 24 0.33%
1940 5,521 62.45% 3,293 37.25% 26 0.29%
1936 3,686 44.76% 4,385 53.25% 164 1.99%
1932 3,277 40.62% 4,718 58.48% 73 0.90%
1928 4,856 65.49% 2,517 33.94% 42 0.57%
1924 4,625 60.74% 1,478 19.41% 1,512 19.86%
1920 5,697 77.88% 1,420 19.41% 198 2.71%
1916 2,862 63.56% 1,595 35.42% 46 1.02%
1912 1,036 23.44% 1,938 43.85% 1,446 32.71%
1908 2,455 54.17% 1,986 43.82% 91 2.01%
1904 2,691 56.94% 1,926 40.75% 109 2.31%
1900 2,740 55.19% 2,131 42.92% 94 1.89%
1896 2,717 54.50% 2,128 42.69% 140 2.81%
1892 2,130 45.87% 2,347 50.54% 167 3.60%
1888 2,137 49.12% 2,134 49.05% 80 1.84%
1884 2,180 52.33% 1,941 46.59% 45 1.08%
1880 2,369 59.90% 1,421 35.93% 165 4.17%



See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Cedar County, Iowa

References[]

  1. ^ a b c "2020 Census State Redistricting Data". United states Census Bureau. https://www2.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial/2020/data/01-Redistricting_File--PL_94-171/Iowa/. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. 
  3. ^ Burner, David (1996). Herbert Hoover: A Public Life. Easton Press. 
  4. ^ Oltrogge, Sarah. "Properties Listed on National Register of Historic Places Earn Recognition". State Historical Society of Iowa. http://www.iowahistory.org/contacts/news_release/2004/nrhp_properties.htm. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. https://www.census.gov/geographies/reference-files/time-series/geo/gazetteer-files.html. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census.html. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/ia190090.txt. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. 
  10. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/19/19031.html. 
  11. ^ "Population and Housing Occupancy Status: 2010 - State -- County". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_PL_GCTPL2.ST05&prodType=table. 
  12. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov. 
  13. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 

External links[]

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