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Howard County, Iowa
HowardCountyCourthouseCrescoIowa.jpg
Howard County Courthouse
Map of Iowa highlighting Howard County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Founded 1851
Named for Tilghman Howard
Seat Cresco
Largest city Cresco
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

474 sq mi (1,228 km²)
473 sq mi (1,225 km²)
0.4 sq mi (1 km²), 0.08
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

9,469
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website https://howardcounty.iowa.gov/

Howard County is a county located in the US state of Iowa. As of the 2020 census, the population was 9,469.[1] The county seat is Cresco.[2] The county was founded in 1851; it was named for General Tilghman Ashurst Howard, a Representative of Indiana.[3][4]

Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 474 square miles (1,230 km2), of which 473 square miles (1,230 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) (0.08%) is water.[5]

Major highways[]

  • US 63.svg U.S. Highway 63
  • Iowa 9.svg Iowa Highway 9
  • Iowa 139.svg Iowa Highway 139

Adjacent counties[]

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 3,168
1870 6,282 98.3%
1880 10,837 72.5%
1890 11,182 3.2%
1900 14,512 29.8%
1910 12,920 −11.0%
1920 13,705 6.1%
1930 13,082 −4.5%
1940 13,531 3.4%
1950 13,105 −3.1%
1960 12,734 −2.8%
1970 11,442 −10.1%
1980 11,114 −2.9%
1990 9,809 −11.7%
2000 9,932 1.3%
2010 9,566 −3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2020[10]

Population of Howard County from US census data

2020 census[]

The 2020 census recorded a population of 9,469 in the county, with a population density of 19.9387/sq mi (7.6984/km2). 96.75% of the population reported being of one race. 91.69% were non-Hispanic White, 0.24% were Black, 2.72% were Hispanic, 0.51% were Native American, 0.29% were Asian, 0.07% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 4.48% were some other race or more than one race. There were 4,314 housing units, of which 3,945 were occupied.[1]

2010 census[]

The 2010 census recorded a population of 9,566 in the county, with a population density of 20.207/sq mi (7.8020/km2). There were 4,367 housing units, of which 3,944 were occupied.[11]

2000 census[]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Howard County

At the 2000 census,[12] there were 9,932 people, 3,974 households and 2,650 families residing in the county. The population density was 21 per square mile (8/km2). There were 4,327 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 99.06% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. 0.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,974 households, of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.8% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.03.

26.30% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 20.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.3 males.

The median household income was $34,641 and the median family income was $43,284. Males had a median income of $28,856 compared $21,367 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,842. About 5.6% of families and 9.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.7% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.

Events[]

The Mighty Howard County Fair is held annually in Cresco, in the last full week of June. This celebration originated in 1858, and three fairs were celebrated before being interrupted by the American Civil War. They resumed from 1866 through 1899, and were resumed in 1923 under aegis of the present directorship.[13]

Communities[]

Cities[]

  • Chester
  • Cresco
  • Elma
  • Lime Springs
  • Protivin
  • Riceville

Unincorporated communities[]

  • Bonaire
  • Florenceville
  • Schley

Townships[]

  • Afton
  • Albion
  • Chester
  • Forest City
  • Howard
  • Howard Center
  • Jamestown
  • New Oregon
  • Oak Dale
  • Paris
  • Saratoga
  • Vernon Springs

Population ranking[]

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

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2020 Census)
1 Cresco City 3,888
2 Riceville (partially in Mitchell County) City 806
3 Elma City 505
4 Lime Springs City 473
5 Protivin (partially in Chickasaw County) City 269
6 Chester City 139

Notable people[]

  • Norman Borlaug (1914–2009) - Nobel Peace Prize winner who was raised and went to school in the county.

Politics[]

Howard County is the only county in the nation to vote for Obama by more than 20 points in 2012 and then Trump by more than 20 points in 2016. Because of this, it is sometimes incorrectly noted as the county with the biggest swing from Democrat to Republican between 2012 and 2016, swinging by 41 percentage points. However, there were other counties with higher swings, such as Elliott County, Kentucky, which swung 23.6% towards the Republicans (A percentage change of 46.3). In 2020, Republican Donald Trump won the county with the highest percentage of votes of any candidate since Warren G. Harding won the county in 1920.

United States presidential election results for Howard County, Iowa[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 3,127 63.07% 1,772 35.74% 59 1.19%
2016 2,611 57.27% 1,677 36.78% 271 5.94%
2012 1,795 38.64% 2,768 59.59% 82 1.77%
2008 1,722 36.41% 2,941 62.19% 66 1.40%
2004 2,028 43.18% 2,614 55.65% 55 1.17%
2000 1,922 42.80% 2,426 54.02% 143 3.18%
1996 1,528 34.69% 2,303 52.28% 574 13.03%
1992 1,516 31.18% 2,099 43.17% 1,247 25.65%
1988 1,970 45.55% 2,330 53.87% 25 0.58%
1984 2,718 55.49% 2,135 43.59% 45 0.92%
1980 2,975 53.35% 2,214 39.71% 387 6.94%
1976 2,618 46.62% 2,917 51.94% 81 1.44%
1972 2,980 54.37% 2,439 44.50% 62 1.13%
1968 3,141 53.90% 2,420 41.53% 266 4.56%
1964 2,360 38.00% 3,841 61.84% 10 0.16%
1960 3,378 49.79% 3,406 50.21% 0 0.00%
1956 3,491 52.85% 3,106 47.02% 8 0.12%
1952 4,305 62.56% 2,564 37.26% 12 0.17%
1948 2,630 43.19% 3,378 55.47% 82 1.35%
1944 2,961 48.43% 3,132 51.23% 21 0.34%
1940 3,714 50.16% 3,675 49.63% 16 0.22%
1936 2,947 41.52% 3,861 54.40% 290 4.09%
1932 2,426 36.44% 4,176 62.72% 56 0.84%
1928 3,375 51.18% 3,193 48.42% 26 0.39%
1924 2,850 47.67% 1,604 26.83% 1,525 25.51%
1920 3,601 66.46% 1,717 31.69% 100 1.85%
1916 1,562 48.86% 1,560 48.80% 75 2.35%
1912 750 23.92% 1,416 45.17% 969 30.91%
1908 1,530 50.10% 1,408 46.10% 116 3.80%
1904 1,823 59.93% 1,096 36.03% 123 4.04%
1900 1,944 56.30% 1,420 41.12% 89 2.58%
1896 1,929 55.24% 1,507 43.16% 56 1.60%
1892 1,403 51.51% 1,239 45.48% 82 3.01%
1888 1,233 54.13% 1,012 44.42% 33 1.45%
1884 1,083 53.85% 912 45.35% 16 0.80%
1880 1,066 54.00% 235 11.90% 673 34.09%



See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Howard 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. ^ "Howard County, Iowa - History". Howard County, Iowa. http://www.co.howard.ia.us/history.htm. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off.. p. 162. https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_9V1IAAAAMAAJ. 
  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/19/19089.html. 
  11. ^ "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010". 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. ^ About the Society
  14. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 

External links[]

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