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Keokuk County, Iowa
Keokuk County
Courthouse in Sigourney is on the NRHP
Courthouse in Sigourney is on the NRHP
Map of Iowa highlighting Keokuk County
Location within the U.S. state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 41°20?10?N 92°10?47?W / 41.336111111111°N 92.179722222222°W / 41.336111111111; -92.179722222222
Country
State Iowa
FoundedFebruary 17, 1843
Named forKeokuk
SeatSigourney
Largest citySigourney
Area
 o Total580 sq mi (1,500 km2)
 o Land579 sq mi (1,500 km2)
 o Water0.7 sq mi (2 km2)  0.1%
Population
 o Total10,511
 o Estimate 
(2018)
10,225
 o Density18/sq mi (7.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central)
 o Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Congressional district2nd
Websitewww.keokukcountyia.com

Keokuk County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,511.[1] The county seat is Sigourney.[2]

History

Keokuk County was formed in 1837. It was named for the eponymous chief of the Sac Indians, who advocated peace with the white settlers. In May 1843, the county opened for public settlement and was self-governed from 1844. Previously it was governed by Washington County. After a debate lasting a few years for the location for the county seat, the right went to Sigourney in 1856.[3]

Keokuk County is unusual in that it has two county fairs. The Keokuk County Fair is held in What Cheer[4] and immediately followed by the Keokuk County Expo[5] which is held in Sigourney.

The Keokuk County Courthouse in Sigourney was built in 1911. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1981.[6]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 580 square miles (1,500 km2), of which 579 square miles (1,500 km2) is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) (0.1%) is water.[7]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

2010 census

The 2010 census recorded a population of 10,511 in the county, with a population density of 18.1478/sq mi (7.0069/km2). There were 4,931 housing units, of which 4,408 were occupied.[13]

2000 census

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Keokuk County

As of the census[14] of 2000, there were 11,400 people, 4,586 households, and 3,155 families residing in the county. The population density was 20 people per square mile (8/km2). There were 5,013 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (3/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 99.00% White, 0.07% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 0.36% from two or more races. 0.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,586 households, out of which 30.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.00% were married couples living together, 6.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.20% were non-families. 27.80% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 25.70% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 25.50% from 25 to 44, 21.60% from 45 to 64, and 20.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,025, and the median income for a family was $41,818. Males had a median income of $28,306 versus $22,083 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,120. About 7.50% of families and 10.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.90% of those under age 18 and 10.50% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Unincorporated communities

Townships

Population ranking

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Keokuk County.[15]

+ county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 + Sigourney City 2,059
2 North English (mostly in Iowa County) City 1,041
3 Keota City 1,009
4 Hedrick City 764
5 What Cheer City 646
6 Richland City 584
7 Keswick City 246
8 Ollie City 215
9 South English City 212
10 Harper City 114
11 Martinsburg City 112
12 Webster City 88
13 Kinross City 73
14 Thornburg City 67
15 Hayesville City 50

Politics

For most of its history, Keokuk County has backed Republican Party candidates in presidential elections, with Democratic Party candidates only winning the county in eight presidential elections from 1896 on. Bill Clinton is the most recent Democrat presidential candidate to win the county in 1996, while in 2016 his wife had the worst performance by a Democrat since 1924, only winning 26.9 percent of the vote in a county Donald Trump made a significant gain compared to Mitt Romney in 2012.

Presidential election results
Presidential election results[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 68.0% 3,390 26.9% 1,342 5.1% 253
2012 54.0% 2,843 43.7% 2,303 2.3% 120
2008 50.6% 2,712 47.0% 2,518 2.5% 132
2004 56.9% 3,119 41.9% 2,294 1.2% 67
2000 52.0% 2,571 44.1% 2,181 3.9% 195
1996 40.8% 2,080 49.9% 2,545 9.3% 476
1992 35.5% 1,981 41.8% 2,329 22.7% 1,267
1988 43.6% 2,278 55.4% 2,899 1.0% 53
1984 51.5% 2,913 46.8% 2,649 1.7% 94
1980 52.6% 3,145 40.0% 2,390 7.4% 440
1976 44.9% 2,920 53.5% 3,482 1.6% 102
1972 58.4% 3,831 39.9% 2,619 1.8% 115
1968 53.3% 3,588 41.7% 2,807 5.1% 342
1964 35.1% 2,597 64.7% 4,790 0.2% 17
1960 57.9% 4,697 42.0% 3,408 0.1% 10
1956 56.1% 4,680 43.8% 3,649 0.1% 9
1952 64.2% 5,712 35.2% 3,135 0.6% 50
1948 49.6% 4,201 48.6% 4,118 1.8% 156
1944 54.0% 4,644 45.3% 3,900 0.7% 62
1940 54.0% 5,394 45.6% 4,552 0.4% 42
1936 45.5% 4,491 52.3% 5,162 2.3% 225
1932 36.7% 3,442 62.3% 5,839 0.9% 88
1928 58.2% 5,304 41.4% 3,772 0.4% 32
1924 51.4% 4,795 27.5% 2,568 21.1% 1,973
1920 68.0% 6,207 30.7% 2,800 1.4% 128
1916 52.2% 2,822 46.0% 2,486 1.9% 100
1912 26.1% 1,361 46.6% 2,434 27.3% 1,425
1908 50.7% 2,728 45.7% 2,459 3.6% 193
1904 55.8% 3,079 39.4% 2,172 4.8% 265
1900 54.3% 3,339 43.4% 2,669 2.3% 139
1896 50.7% 3,166 46.3% 2,891 3.0% 185

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ Keokuk County History
  4. ^ Keokuk County Fair
  5. ^ Keokuk County Expo
  6. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014.
  13. ^ "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010". United States Census Bureau - American FactFinder. Retrieved 2011.[dead link]
  14. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008.
  15. ^ "2010 U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2016.
  16. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018.

External links

Coordinates: 41°20?10?N 92°10?47?W / 41.33611°N 92.17972°W / 41.33611; -92.17972


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