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Kossuth County, Iowa
Kossuth County IA Courthouse.jpg
Kossuth County Courthouse
Map of Iowa highlighting Kossuth County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Founded January 15, 1851
Named for Lajos Kossuth
Seat Algona
Largest city Algona
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

974 sq mi (2,523 km²)
973 sq mi (2,520 km²)
1.6 sq mi (4 km²), 0.2
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

14,828
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website https://kossuthcounty.iowa.gov/

Kossuth County ( /kəˈsθ/) is a county in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2020 census, the population was 14,828.[1] The county seat is Algona.[2]

History[]

Kossuth County was founded on January 15, 1851. It was named after Lajos Kossuth, Regent-President of Hungary who went to exile to America following the war of independence of Hungary from the Habsburg Dynasty.[3] The county was enlarged northward in 1857 by the inclusion of the former Bancroft County. Crocker County was another county created out of the same area of Kossuth County as Bancroft County but was reverted due to not being larger than 432 square miles.

Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 974 square miles (2,520 km2), of which 973 square miles (2,520 km2) is land and 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) (0.2%) is water.[4] It is Iowa's largest county by area.

Major highways[]

  • US 18.svg U.S. Highway 18
  • US 169.svg U.S. Highway 169
  • Circle sign 9.svg Iowa Highway 9
  • Elongated circle 15.svg Iowa Highway 15
  • Elongated circle 17.svg Iowa Highway 17

Adjacent counties[]

National protected area[]

  • Union Slough National Wildlife Refuge

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 416
1870 3,351 705.5%
1880 6,178 84.4%
1890 13,120 112.4%
1900 22,720 73.2%
1910 21,971 −3.3%
1920 25,082 14.2%
1930 25,452 1.5%
1940 26,630 4.6%
1950 26,241 −1.5%
1960 25,314 −3.5%
1970 22,937 −9.4%
1980 21,891 −4.6%
1990 18,591 −15.1%
2000 17,163 −7.7%
2010 15,543 −9.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2020[9]

Population of Kossuth County from US census data

2020 census[]

The 2020 census recorded a population of 14,828 in the county, with a population density of 15.2398/sq mi (5.88413/km2). 96.53% of the population reported being of one race. 89.78% were non-Hispanic White, 0.53% were Black, 4.07% were Hispanic, 0.09% were Native American, 0.50% were Asian, 0.02% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 5.01% were some other race or more than one race. There were 7,216 housing units, of which 6,438 were occupied.[1]

2010 census[]

The 2010 census recorded a population of 15,543 in the county, with a population density of 15.9741/sq mi (6.16765/km2). There were 7,486 housing units, of which 6,697 were occupied.[10]

2000 census[]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Kossuth County

At the 2000 census there were 17,163 people, 6,974 households, and 4,791 families in the county. The population density was 18 people per square mile (7/km2). There were 7,605 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.76% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 0.34% from two or more races. 0.81%.[11] were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 6,974 households, 30.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.40% were married couples living together, 5.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.30% were non-families. 28.70% of households were one person and 15.50% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.98.

The age distribution was 25.80% under the age of 18, 6.10% from 18 to 24, 24.30% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 20.10% 65 or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.00 males.

The median household income was $34,562 and the median family income was $41,159. Males had a median income of $30,191 versus $20,184 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,598. About 7.50% of families and 10.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.40% of those under age 18 and 8.60% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[]

Cities[]

  • Algona (County seat)
  • Bancroft
  • Burt
  • Fenton
  • Lakota
  • Ledyard
  • Lone Rock
  • Lu Verne
  • Swea City
  • Titonka
  • Wesley
  • West Bend
  • Whittemore

Census-designated places[]

  • Irvington
  • Sexton
  • St. Benedict
  • St. Joseph

Townships[]

  • Buffalo
  • Burt
  • Cresco
  • Eagle
  • Fenton
  • Garfield
  • German
  • Grant
  • Greenwood
  • Harrison
  • Hebron
  • Irvington
  • Ledyard
  • Lincoln
  • Lotts Creek
  • Lu Verne
  • Plum Creek
  • Portland
  • Prairie
  • Ramsey
  • Riverdale
  • Seneca
  • Sherman
  • Springfield
  • Swea
  • Union
  • Wesley
  • Whittemore

Population ranking[]

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

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2020 Census)
1 Algona City 5,487
2 Bancroft City 699
3 Swea City City 566
4 Titonka City 511
5 Whittemore City 497
6 Burt City 418
7 Wesley City 391
8 Fenton City 271
9 Lakota City 267
10 Lu Verne (partially in Humboldt County) City 228 (258 total)
11 Lone Rock City 146
12 Ledyard City 121
13 St. Joseph CDP 51
14 Sexton CDP 46
15 Irvington CDP 36
16 St. Benedict CDP 31
17 West Bend (mostly in Palo Alto County) City 19 (791 total)

Politics[]

United States presidential election results for Kossuth County, Iowa[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 6,275 69.03% 2,696 29.66% 119 1.31%
2016 5,653 65.68% 2,543 29.55% 411 4.78%
2012 4,937 55.33% 3,850 43.15% 136 1.52%
2008 4,329 47.57% 4,625 50.82% 146 1.60%
2004 5,042 54.46% 4,132 44.63% 84 0.91%
2000 4,612 51.95% 3,960 44.60% 306 3.45%
1996 3,477 40.88% 4,031 47.40% 997 11.72%
1992 3,464 38.24% 3,660 40.40% 1,935 21.36%
1988 3,938 43.24% 5,088 55.87% 81 0.89%
1984 4,872 49.64% 4,838 49.30% 104 1.06%
1980 5,568 54.26% 3,810 37.13% 884 8.61%
1976 4,653 46.32% 5,190 51.66% 203 2.02%
1972 5,841 56.39% 4,393 42.41% 124 1.20%
1968 5,350 53.03% 4,392 43.53% 347 3.44%
1964 3,776 35.38% 6,893 64.58% 5 0.05%
1960 6,278 51.95% 5,806 48.05% 0 0.00%
1956 6,680 54.74% 5,514 45.18% 10 0.08%
1952 7,765 64.15% 4,330 35.77% 10 0.08%
1948 4,186 40.43% 6,039 58.33% 128 1.24%
1944 4,918 47.14% 5,488 52.60% 27 0.26%
1940 5,639 46.35% 6,502 53.45% 24 0.20%
1936 3,569 30.09% 8,071 68.04% 223 1.88%
1932 3,075 30.30% 6,925 68.24% 148 1.46%
1928 4,878 50.36% 4,736 48.90% 72 0.74%
1924 3,806 43.51% 1,369 15.65% 3,572 40.84%
1920 6,018 77.46% 1,682 21.65% 69 0.89%
1916 2,647 59.63% 1,748 39.38% 44 0.99%
1912 857 18.69% 1,813 39.53% 1,916 41.78%
1908 2,612 58.28% 1,826 40.74% 44 0.98%
1904 3,001 68.02% 1,352 30.64% 59 1.34%
1900 3,122 63.06% 1,777 35.89% 52 1.05%
1896 2,930 60.30% 1,861 38.30% 68 1.40%
1892 1,801 52.96% 1,513 44.49% 87 2.56%
1888 1,451 57.58% 1,026 40.71% 43 1.71%
1884 1,044 58.82% 728 41.01% 3 0.17%
1880 781 69.98% 249 22.31% 86 7.71%



See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Kossuth 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. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Government Printing Office. pp. 177. https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_9V1IAAAAMAAJ. 
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census.html. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. 
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/ia190090.txt. 
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/19/19109.html. 
  10. ^ "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. 
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov. 
  12. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 

External links[]

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