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Van Buren County, Iowa


Van Buren County, Iowa

Van Buren County, Iowa
Van Buren County Courthouse
Map of Iowa highlighting Van Buren County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Founded 1836
Named for Martin Van Buren
Seat Keosauqua
Largest city Keosauqua
 • Total 491 sq mi (1,272 km2)
 • Land 485 sq mi (1,256 km2)
 • Water 5.7 sq mi (15 km2), 1.2%
 • (2010) 7,570
 • Density 16/sq mi (6/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .orgvanburencoia

Van Buren County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,570.[1] The county seat is Keosauqua,[2] which contains the oldest continuously operational courthouse in the state of Iowa, and second oldest in the United States.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Major highways 2.1
    • Adjacent counties 2.2
  • Demographics 3
    • 2010 census 3.1
    • 2000 census 3.2
  • Communities 4
    • Cities 4.1
    • Census-designated places 4.2
    • Unincorporated communities 4.3
    • Townships 4.4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Plaque on the Van Buren County courthouse, indicating its age and historic status.

Van Buren County was formed on December 7, 1836. It was named for President Martin Van Buren.

The county's courthouse was built in September 1843 in the style of Greek Revival and stands as Iowa's oldest, and the nation's second oldest, courthouse in operation.[3]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 491 square miles (1,270 km2), of which 485 square miles (1,260 km2) is land and 5.7 square miles (15 km2) (1.2%) is water.[4]

Major highways

Adjacent counties


2010 census

The 2010 census recorded a population of 7,570 in the county, with a population density of 15.614/sq mi (6.029/km2). There were 3,670 housing units, of which 3,108 were occupied.[10]

2000 census

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Van Buren County

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 7,809 people, 3,181 households, and 2,163 families residing in the county. The population density was 16 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 3,581 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.62% White, 0.06% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. 0.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,181 households out of which 28.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.30% were married couples living together, 6.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.00% were non-families. 28.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.80% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 24.40% from 25 to 44, 24.80% from 45 to 64, and 19.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 99.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,094, and the median income for a family was $36,420. Males had a median income of $27,379 versus $20,925 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,748. About 8.70% of families and 12.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.00% of those under age 18 and 15.60% of those age 65 or over.



Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


According to the 1850 US Census Records.

  • Birmingham Township
  • Bonaparte Township
  • Cedar Township
  • Chequest Township
  • Des Moines Township
  • Farmington Township
  • Harrisburg Township
  • Jackson Township
  • Keosauqua Township
  • Lick Creek Township
  • Union Township
  • Van Buren Township
  • Vernon Township
  • Village Township
  • Washington Township

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Van Buren County
  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 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010".  
  11. ^ "American FactFinder".  

External links

  • Official Van Buren County website

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