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Buchanan County, Iowa
Map of Iowa highlighting Buchanan County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the U.S. highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Seat Independence
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

573 sq mi (1,485 km²)
571 sq mi (1,480 km²)
2 sq mi (5 km²), 0.36%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

21,093
37/sq mi (14/km²)
Founded 1837
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.buchanancounty.com

Buchanan County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. It was created in 1837 and was named in honor of Senator James Buchanan, who became the 15th President of the United States. As of 2000, the population was 21,093. Its county seat is Independence.[1]

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 573 square miles (1,485 km²), of which 571 square miles (1,480 km²) is land and 2 square miles (5 km²) (0.36%) is water.

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Major highways

Adjacent counties

History

Buchanan County was formed on December 21, 1837, from parts of Dubuque County. It was named after US president James Buchanan.

Demographics

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Buchanan County.
Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1900 21,427
1910 19,748 −7.8%
1920 19,890 0.7%
1930 19,550 −1.7%
1940 20,991 7.4%
1950 21,927 4.5%
1960 22,293 1.7%
1970 21,746 −2.5%
1980 22,900 5.3%
1990 20,844 −9.0%
2000 21,093 1.2%
IA Counties 1900-1990

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 21,093 people, 7,933 households, and 5,672 families residing in the county. The population density was 37 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 8,697 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.41% White, 0.27% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. 0.62% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,933 households out of which 34.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.70% were married couples living together, 7.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.50% were non-families. 24.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.60% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 26.30% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 14.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,036, and the median income for a family was $45,421. Males had a median income of $30,212 versus $22,356 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,405. About 6.80% of families and 9.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.90% of those under age 18 and 7.60% of those age 65 or over.

Localities

Cities

Other localities

  • Bryantsburg
  • Doris
  • Gatesville
This detail of Galbraith's 1897 Rail Service Map of Iowa shows Buchanan County towns of the time. It is a pictorial map rather than a technical map: Shady Grove, for example, is shown next to a man lying under a tree; Masonville is shown next to a Masonic symbol. Some of the towns' locations are slightly altered to make room for the illustrations. Several of these towns, including Hamerville, Vista, Kier, Middlefield, Newtonville, and Castleville no longer exist. A few are nearly ghosts.

A number of historic communities in Buchanan County once appeared on state maps, but no longer exist. Hamerville was located east of Brandon at the intersection of Highway 150. Today, the site is the location of three farmhouses. Vista, once located between Brandon and Independence, appeared on maps frequently until the 1950s. This site is not even accessed by paved road. Kier, between Fairbank and Littleton, appeared on many maps in the 1800s and early 1900s. The area is now settled by Amish. Several towns named Middlefield existed southeast of Winthrop, but none are populated today. Newtonville was located a few miles south of Monti. The houses at Castleville were later moved to Aurora. Wise, once located between Independence and Jesup just north of Highway 939, was a train-stop between the 1920s and the 1950s. Little remains at the site. Kiene was founded in 1911 between Quasqueton and Monti, but was empty by 1955. Few or even no houses remain at any of these sites.

Townships

Buchanan County is divided into sixteen townships:

References

External links

Coordinates: 42°28′19″N 91°50′21″W / 42.47194°N 91.83917°W / 42.47194; -91.83917


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Buchanan County, Iowa
Map
File:Map of Iowa highlighting Buchanan County.png
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the USA highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1837
Seat Independence
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.36%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

21093
Time zone Central : UTC-6/-5
Website: www.buchanancounty.com

Buchanan County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. It was created in 1837 and was named in honor of Senator James Buchanan, who became the 15th President of the United States. As of 2000, the population was 21,093. Its county seat is Independence.6

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,485 km² (573 sq mi). 1,480 km² (571 sq mi) of it is land and 5 km² (2 sq mi) of it (0.36%) is water.

Major Highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Buchanan County.

As of the census² of 2000, there were 21,093 people, 7,933 households, and 5,672 families residing in the county. The population density was 14/km² (37/sq mi). There were 8,697 housing units at an average density of 6/km² (15/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.41% White, 0.27% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. 0.62% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,933 households out of which 34.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.70% were married couples living together, 7.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.50% were non-families. 24.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.60% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 26.30% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 14.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,036, and the median income for a family was $45,421. Males had a median income of $30,212 versus $22,356 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,405. About 6.80% of families and 9.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.90% of those under age 18 and 7.60% of those age 65 or over.

Localities

Cities

Other localities

A number of communities in Buchanan County appear on the official State Map of Iowa, but no longer exist:

  • Hamerville, once located east of Brandon at the intersection of Highway 150. Today, the site is the location of three farmhouses.
  • Vista, once located between Brandon and Independence, appeared on maps frequently in the 1950s. Little remains at the site, which is not even accessed by paved road.
  • Wise, once located between Independence and Jesup just north of Highway 939, was a train-stop until the 1950s. Little remains at the site.

External links

CoordinatesImage:Wp_globe_tiny.gif: 42°28′19″N, 91°50′21″WLatitude: 42°28′19″N
Longitude: 91°50′21″W


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