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Worth County, Iowa
Worth County Courthouse, Northwood.jpg
The Worth County Courthouse
Map of Iowa highlighting Worth 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 William Jenkins Worth
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
 - (2020)
 - Density

7,443
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website https://worthcountyiowa.gov/

Worth County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2020 census, the population was 7,443.[1] The county seat is Northwood.[2] 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.[3] It is the fourth-smallest county in Iowa by land area and third-smallest by total area.

Major highways[]

  • I-35.svg Iowa 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 populations
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%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
1790–1960[5] 1900–1990[6]
1990–2000[7] 2010–2020[8]

Population of Worth County from US census data

2020 census[]

The 2020 census recorded a population of 7,443 in the county, with a population density of 18.5359/sq mi (7.1567/km2). 96.49% of the population reported being of one race. 91.76% were non-Hispanic White, 0.81% were Black, 2.83% were Hispanic, 0.11% were Native American, 0.43% were Asian, 0.01% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 4.04% were some other race or more than one race. There were 3,480 housing units, of which 3,127 were occupied.[1]

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.[9]

2000 census[]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Worth County

At the 2000 census there were 7,909 people, 3,278 households, and 2,265 families 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%.[10] were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 3,278 households 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 households were one person and 14.30% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.88.

The age distribution was 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% 65 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 household income was $36,444 and the median family income 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[]

  • Fertile
  • Grafton
  • Hanlontown
  • Joice
  • Kensett
  • Manly
  • Northwood

Census-designated place[]

  • Bolan

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 2020 census of Worth County.[1]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2020 Census)
1 Northwood City 2,072
2 Manly City 1,256
3 Fertile City 305
4 Kensett City 257
5 Grafton City 216
6 Joice City 208
7 Hanlontown City 206
8 Bolan CDP 32

Politics[]

United States presidential election results for Worth County, Iowa[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 2,738 61.97% 1,596 36.12% 84 1.90%
2016 2,453 57.62% 1,530 35.94% 274 6.44%
2012 1,744 41.80% 2,350 56.33% 78 1.87%
2008 1,612 37.85% 2,567 60.27% 80 1.88%
2004 1,795 43.54% 2,286 55.45% 42 1.02%
2000 1,659 41.43% 2,208 55.14% 137 3.42%
1996 1,284 32.00% 2,293 57.15% 435 10.84%
1992 1,382 31.07% 2,009 45.17% 1,057 23.76%
1988 1,488 37.37% 2,440 61.28% 54 1.36%
1984 1,985 46.53% 2,263 53.05% 18 0.42%
1980 2,247 52.13% 1,721 39.93% 342 7.94%
1976 1,964 44.38% 2,399 54.21% 62 1.40%
1972 2,564 55.31% 2,034 43.87% 38 0.82%
1968 2,383 53.91% 1,815 41.06% 222 5.02%
1964 1,777 37.62% 2,936 62.16% 10 0.21%
1960 2,740 54.28% 2,303 45.62% 5 0.10%
1956 2,700 52.25% 2,465 47.71% 2 0.04%
1952 3,315 61.34% 2,075 38.40% 14 0.26%
1948 1,878 40.50% 2,623 56.57% 136 2.93%
1944 2,086 44.15% 2,629 55.64% 10 0.21%
1940 2,434 44.62% 3,007 55.12% 14 0.26%
1936 1,964 39.41% 2,976 59.71% 44 0.88%
1932 1,690 38.45% 2,640 60.07% 65 1.48%
1928 2,921 67.60% 1,310 30.32% 90 2.08%
1924 2,340 50.97% 180 3.92% 2,071 45.11%
1920 3,401 84.83% 516 12.87% 92 2.29%
1916 1,463 70.44% 566 27.25% 48 2.31%
1912 354 17.86% 402 20.28% 1,226 61.86%
1908 1,433 74.33% 449 23.29% 46 2.39%
1904 1,659 81.97% 307 15.17% 58 2.87%
1900 1,730 77.30% 475 21.22% 33 1.47%
1896 1,696 73.74% 584 25.39% 20 0.87%
1892 1,273 64.49% 614 31.10% 87 4.41%
1888 1,063 65.06% 542 33.17% 29 1.77%
1884 899 64.63% 487 35.01% 5 0.36%
1880 933 75.42% 290 23.44% 14 1.13%



See also[]

  • Worth County Courthouse
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Worth 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. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census.html. 
  5. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. 
  6. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/ia190090.txt. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/19/19195.html. 
  9. ^ "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. 
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov. 
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 

External links[]

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