World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Decatur County, Iowa

Article Id: WHEBN0000096012
Reproduction Date:

Title: Decatur County, Iowa  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: List of Iowa townships, List of cities in Iowa, Lamoni, Iowa, Davis City, Iowa, Decatur City, Iowa
Collection: 1846 Establishments in Iowa Territory, Decatur County, Iowa, Populated Places Established in 1846
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Decatur County, Iowa

Decatur County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Decatur County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Founded 1846
Named for Stephen Decatur, Jr.
Seat Leon
Largest city Lamoni
 • Total 533 sq mi (1,380 km2)
 • Land 532 sq mi (1,378 km2)
 • Water 1.6 sq mi (4 km2), 0.3%
 • (2010) 8,457
 • Density 16/sq mi (6/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Decatur County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,457.[1] The county seat is Leon.[2] This county is named for Stephen Decatur, Jr., a hero in the War of 1812.[3]


  • Geography 1
    • Major highways 1.1
    • Adjacent counties 1.2
  • Demographics 2
    • 2010 census 2.1
    • 2000 census 2.2
  • Country Officials 3
  • Communities 4
    • Cities 4.1
    • Townships 4.2
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 533 square miles (1,380 km2), of which 532 square miles (1,380 km2) is land and 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) (0.3%) is water.[4]

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information

Major highways

Adjacent counties


2010 census

The 2010 census recorded a population of 8,457 in the county, with a population density of 15.897/sq mi (6.138/km2). There were 3,834 housing units, of which 3,223 were occupied.[10]

2000 census

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Decatur County

At the 2000 census,[11] there were 8,689 people, 3,337 households and 2,149 families residing in the county. The population density was 16 per square mile (6/km²). There were 3,833 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.46% White, 0.98% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.46% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. 1.70% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,337 households of which 28.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.30% were married couples living together, 7.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.60% were non-families. 30.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.50% 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 2.96.

23.00% of the population were under the age of 18, 16.30% from 18 to 24, 21.60% from 25 to 44, 21.50% from 45 to 64, and 17.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.90 males.

The median household income was $27,343 and the median family income was $34,831. Males had a median income of $25,569 compared with $19,309 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,209. About 10.90% of families and 15.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.60% of those under age 18 and 13.70% of those age 65 or over.

Decatur County is considered to be the poorest in Iowa, reporting that almost 20% of its residents live in poverty.[12]

Country Officials

J.R. Cornett
Gary Boswell
Jimmy Fulton

Beth Andrew

Lisa Hynden-Jeanes

Stephanie Daughton

Gale Norman

Bert Muir

Jim Fleming

Dan Doerfler, PE

Clerk of Court
Traci Tharp

Public Health Administrator
Shelley Bickel

Veterans Affairs Administrator
Samantha Schaff

Conservation Director
Rich Erke

Mental Health Director
Kathy Lerma


Ancient Map of Decatur County, Iowa (1894)



Decatur County is divided into these townships:

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 102. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010".  
  11. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  12. ^ Mike Kilen, "Headline: Who will win in Iowa's poorest county?", Des Moines Register, 6 June 2004 (subscription required)

External links

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Hawaii eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.