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Wapello County, Iowa
Wapello County, Iowa Courthouse.jpg
The courthouse in Ottumwa
Map of Iowa highlighting Wapello County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Founded 1843
Named for Wapello
Seat Ottumwa
Largest city Ottumwa
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

436 sq mi (1,129 km²)
432 sq mi (1,119 km²)
4.2 sq mi (11 km²), 1.0%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

35,437
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.wapellocounty.org

Chief Wapello; "Wa-pel-la the Prince, Musquakee Chief", from History of the Indian Tribes of North America.

Wapello County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2020 census, the population was 35,437.[1] The county seat is Ottumwa.[2] The county was formed on February 17, 1843, and named for Wapello, a Meskwaki chief.[3]

Wapello County is included in the Ottumwa, IA Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 436 square miles (1,130 km2), of which 432 square miles (1,120 km2) is land and 4.2 square miles (11 km2) (1.0%) is water.[4]

Major highways[]

  • US 34.svg U.S. Route 34
  • US 63.svg U.S. Route 63
  • Iowa 16.svg Iowa Highway 16
  • Iowa 137.svg Iowa Highway 137
  • Iowa 149.svg Iowa Highway 149

Adjacent counties[]

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 8,471
1860 14,518 71.4%
1870 22,346 53.9%
1880 25,285 13.2%
1890 30,426 20.3%
1900 35,426 16.4%
1910 37,743 6.5%
1920 37,937 0.5%
1930 40,480 6.7%
1940 44,280 9.4%
1950 47,397 7.0%
1960 46,126 −2.7%
1970 42,149 −8.6%
1980 40,241 −4.5%
1990 35,696 −11.3%
2000 36,051 1.0%
2010 35,625 −1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2020[9]

Population of Wapello County from US census data

2020 census[]

The 2020 census recorded a population of 35,437 in the county, with a population density of 81.2225/sq mi (31.3602/km2). 94.26% of the population reported being of one race. 67.30% were non-Hispanic White, 4.15% were Black, 12.22% were Hispanic, 0.65% were Native American, 1.77% were Asian, 1.47% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 12.44% were some other race or more than one race. There were 15,734 housing units, of which 14,167 were occupied.[1]

2010 census[]

The 2010 census recorded a population of 35,625 in the county, with a population density of 82.5016/sq mi (31.8540/km2). There were 16,098 housing units, of which 14,552 were occupied.[10]

2000 census[]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Wapello County

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 36,051 people, 14,784 households, and 9,801 families residing in the county. The population density was 84 people per square mile (32/km2). There were 15,873 housing units at an average density of 37 per square mile (14/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.28% White, 0.93% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.05% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. 2.22% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 14,784 households, out of which 28.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.70% were married couples living together, 9.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.70% were non-families. 28.20% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 23.30% under the age of 18, 9.70% from 18 to 24, 26.00% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 17.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,188, and the median income for a family was $39,224. Males had a median income of $31,346 versus $21,286 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,500. About 9.40% of families and 13.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.00% of those under age 18 and 7.90% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[]

Cities[]

  • Agency
  • Blakesburg
  • Chillicothe
  • Eddyville
  • Eldon
  • Kirkville
  • Ottumwa

Unincorporated communities[]

  • Ashland
  • Bladensburg
  • Dahlonega
  • Dudley
  • Farson
  • Munterville
  • Phillips
  • Pickwick
  • Ottumwa Junction
  • Rutledge

Townships[]

  • Adams
  • Agency
  • Cass
  • Center
  • Columbia
  • Competine
  • Dahlonega
  • Green
  • Highland
  • Keokuk
  • Pleasant
  • Polk
  • Richland
  • Washington

Population ranking[]

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

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2020 Census)
1 Ottumwa City 25,529
2 Eddyville (partially in Mahaska and Monroe Counties) City 970
3 Eldon City 783
4 Agency City 620
5 Blakesburg City 274
6 Kirkville City 157
7 Chillicothe City 76

Politics[]

United States presidential election results for Wapello County, Iowa[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 9,516 60.87% 5,821 37.24% 296 1.89%
2016 8,715 57.53% 5,594 36.93% 840 5.54%
2012 6,789 43.05% 8,663 54.93% 318 2.02%
2008 6,663 41.80% 8,820 55.33% 457 2.87%
2004 7,403 44.31% 9,125 54.62% 179 1.07%
2000 6,313 41.70% 8,355 55.19% 471 3.11%
1996 4,828 32.69% 8,437 57.12% 1,505 10.19%
1992 4,852 30.17% 8,670 53.91% 2,561 15.92%
1988 5,350 34.14% 10,177 64.93% 146 0.93%
1984 7,098 39.88% 10,545 59.24% 157 0.88%
1980 7,475 42.31% 8,923 50.50% 1,270 7.19%
1976 6,786 39.30% 10,249 59.35% 233 1.35%
1972 9,301 51.19% 8,348 45.94% 522 2.87%
1968 7,825 41.96% 9,375 50.28% 1,447 7.76%
1964 5,524 28.26% 13,971 71.48% 51 0.26%
1960 11,036 49.79% 11,116 50.15% 15 0.07%
1956 10,401 48.65% 10,960 51.26% 20 0.09%
1952 11,571 52.24% 10,449 47.17% 130 0.59%
1948 7,875 41.50% 10,841 57.13% 260 1.37%
1944 8,244 43.19% 10,732 56.22% 113 0.59%
1940 9,039 43.03% 11,880 56.56% 87 0.41%
1936 7,647 41.31% 10,578 57.14% 287 1.55%
1932 7,256 42.49% 9,504 55.66% 316 1.85%
1928 11,586 66.10% 5,793 33.05% 149 0.85%
1924 9,870 56.96% 3,039 17.54% 4,420 25.51%
1920 9,884 67.99% 4,131 28.42% 522 3.59%
1916 4,398 47.65% 3,994 43.28% 837 9.07%
1912 2,755 32.53% 3,102 36.62% 2,613 30.85%
1908 4,541 50.69% 3,724 41.57% 694 7.75%
1904 4,912 60.60% 2,473 30.51% 720 8.88%
1900 4,742 53.21% 3,902 43.78% 268 3.01%
1896 4,319 50.75% 4,041 47.49% 150 1.76%
1892 3,643 46.68% 3,380 43.31% 781 10.01%
1888 3,282 48.77% 3,101 46.08% 347 5.16%
1884 2,984 50.22% 2,958 49.78% 0 0.00%
1880 2,846 51.91% 2,345 42.77% 292 5.33%



See also[]

  • Big 4 Fair Art Hall, located at the Wapello County Fairgrounds
  • Wapello County Courthouse
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Wapello 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. ^ "Wapello County". http://www.iowacounties.org/About%20Us/AboutCoGov/County%20Pages/Wapello.htm. 
  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/19/19179.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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