Allamakee County, Iowa Article

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Allamakee County, Iowa
AllamakeeCountyCourthouse.jpg
Map of Iowa highlighting Allamakee County
Location in the U.S. state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Founded1847
Seat Waukon
Largest cityWaukon
Area
 • Total659 sq mi (1,707 km2)
 • Land639 sq mi (1,655 km2)
 • Water20 sq mi (52 km2), 3.0%
Population
 • ( 2010)14,330
 • Density22/sq mi (8/km2)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC−6/ −5
Website www.allamakee.us

Allamakee County (pronounced AL-uh-muh-KEY) is the northeastern-most county in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,330. [1] Its county seat is Waukon. [2]

History

Allamakee County was formed on February 20, 1847. The derivation of the name is debated, some believing it was the name of an Indian chief, others think it was named for Allen Magee, an early historic trader. [3] The first Allamakee County Courthouse in Waukon, built in 1861, now serves as the Allamakee County Historical Museum. The present Allamakee County Court House was built in 1940. Both courthouse buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. [4]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 659 square miles (1,710 km2), of which 639 square miles (1,660 km2) is land and 20 square miles (52 km2) (3.0%) is water. [5]

Soils of Allamakee County
Soils of private land in Allamakee County Iowa

In the northern part of the county is the Upper Iowa River. In the southern part is the Yellow River. The eastern boundary is the Mississippi River. All offer scenic and recreational opportunities, particularly in Yellow River State Forest.

French Creek flows north of Waukon, outside the city limits. Paint Creek, named after Paint Rock Bluff, flows out of the south of Waukon. Norfolk creek originates in the western outskirts of Waukon and is effluent to the Yellow River. Clear Creek flows into Lansing. Village Creek flows through essentially rural terrain. All are tributary to the Mississippi River.

The landforms encountered in the county are very unlike those found in most of Iowa, which is mostly absent Glacial Drift. As part of the Driftless Area, the county was ice free during the last ice age, and as one progresses to the Mississippi River, the streams and rivers display high-walled canyons carved of Silurian period bedrock. This Driftless Area also includes parts of Clayton, Fayette, Winneshiek, Howard, Dubuque, and Jackson Counties. [6]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850777
186012,2371,474.9%
187017,86846.0%
188019,79110.8%
189017,907−9.5%
190018,7114.5%
191017,328−7.4%
192017,285−0.2%
193016,328−5.5%
194017,1845.2%
195016,351−4.8%
196015,982−2.3%
197014,968−6.3%
198015,1080.9%
199013,855−8.3%
200014,6755.9%
201014,330−2.4%
Est. 201613,884 [7]−3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census [8]
1790-1960 [9] 1900-1990 [10]
1990-2000 [11] 2010-2013 [1]

2010 census

The 2010 census recorded a population of 14,330 in the county, with a population density of 22.39/sq mi (8.65/km2). There were 7,617 housing units, of which 5,845 were occupied. [12]

2000 census

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Allamakee County

As of the census [13] of 2000, there were 14,675 people, 5,722 households, and 3,931 families residing in the county. The population density was 23 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 7,142 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.88% White, 0.14% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 2.82% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. 3.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,722 households out of which 30.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.40% were married couples living together, 6.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.30% were non-families. 27.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 25.60% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 18.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 100.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,967, and the median income for a family was $40,589. Males had a median income of $26,122 versus $19,098 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,599. About 6.40% of families and 9.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.80% of those under age 18 and 8.10% of those age 65 or over.

Notable sites

View of the Mississippi from Effigy Mounds National Monument

Media

Communities

Cities

Townships

Allamakee County is divided into eighteen townships:

Unincorporated communities

Ghost towns


Population ranking

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Allamakee County. [14]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)

1 Waukon City 3,897
2 Postville (mostly in Clayton County) City 2,227
3 Lansing City 999
4 New Albin City 522
5 Harpers Ferry City 328
6 Waterville City 144

Politics

Presidential Elections Results
Presidential Elections Results [15]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 59.1% 4,093 35.0% 2,421 5.9% 409
2012 47.1% 3,264 51.2% 3,553 1.7% 117
2008 42.0% 2,965 56.2% 3,971 1.8% 126
2004 50.0% 3,530 48.8% 3,449 1.2% 83
2000 50.7% 3,277 44.6% 2,883 4.7% 302
1996 42.5% 2,457 44.1% 2,551 13.4% 773
1992 39.3% 2,627 35.4% 2,362 25.3% 1,690
1988 53.1% 3,186 46.2% 2,768 0.7% 41
1984 62.9% 3,997 35.9% 2,282 1.2% 75
1980 60.7% 4,000 33.0% 2,170 6.3% 416
1976 57.9% 3,648 40.7% 2,568 1.4% 87
1972 63.2% 4,150 34.6% 2,271 2.2% 141
1968 62.6% 4,449 31.6% 2,245 5.9% 416
1964 51.3% 3,691 48.7% 3,504 0.1% 5
1960 62.8% 4,970 37.1% 2,933 0.2% 13
1956 66.2% 5,182 33.5% 2,622 0.3% 20
1952 72.1% 6,087 27.7% 2,341 0.1% 10
1948 57.9% 4,474 41.1% 3,172 1.0% 80
1944 63.3% 5,017 36.5% 2,893 0.2% 19
1940 64.0% 5,840 35.7% 3,258 0.3% 24
1936 46.3% 4,053 49.4% 4,327 4.4% 383
1932 38.3% 3,009 61.0% 4,783 0.7% 56
1928 59.4% 4,785 40.1% 3,227 0.5% 39
1924 38.4% 2,755 18.0% 1,289 43.6% 3,131
1920 73.2% 5,192 25.9% 1,833 0.9% 65
1916 58.0% 2,411 41.2% 1,714 0.8% 34
1912 29.1% 1,269 40.5% 1,767 30.4% 1,325
1908 58.7% 2,521 40.1% 1,725 1.2% 51
1904 61.8% 2,609 37.2% 1,571 1.0% 44
1900 58.4% 2,659 40.7% 1,850 0.9% 41
1896 55.2% 2,471 42.3% 1,897 2.5% 112

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ Alexander, W. E. (1882). History of Winneshiek and Allamakee Counties, Iowa. Western Publishing Company. p. 326.
  4. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ Iowa DNR site on Yellow River State Forest Archived July 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  12. ^ "Population and Housing Occupancy Status: 2010 - State -- County". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
  13. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 21, 2013. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  15. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-04-25.

External links


ALLAMAKEE COUNTY IOWA Latitude and Longitude:

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