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

573 sq mi (1,483 km²)
569 sq mi (1,473 km²)
4 sq mi (9 km²), 0.63%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

17,372
30/sq mi (12/km²)
Founded 1851
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.clay.ia.us

Clay County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of 2000, the population was 17,372. Its name is in honor of Henry Clay, Jr. a colonel who died in action in the Mexican-American War, and son of Henry Clay, famous American statesman. Its county seat is Spencer.[1] It also holds the annual Clay County Fair. The very first newspaper in Clay County was the Peterson Patriot which started circulation in 1880.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 573 square miles (1,483 km²), of which 569 square miles (1,473 km²) is land and 4 square miles (9 km²) (0.63%) is water. Clay County is home to the large Barringer Slough wetland.

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Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Clay County.
Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1900 13,401
1910 12,766 −4.7%
1920 15,660 22.7%
1930 16,107 2.9%
1940 17,762 10.3%
1950 18,103 1.9%
1960 18,504 2.2%
1970 18,464 −0.2%
1980 19,576 6.0%
1990 17,585 −10.2%
2000 17,372 −1.2%
IA Counties 1900-1990

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 17,372 people, 7,259 households, and 4,776 families residing in the county. The population density was 30 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 7,828 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.08% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.82% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. 1.13% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,259 households out of which 30.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.60% were married couples living together, 6.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.20% were non-families. 29.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.70% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 26.90% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 18.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 93.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,799, and the median income for a family was $42,769. Males had a median income of $30,163 versus $21,068 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,451. About 6.30% of families and 8.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.10% of those under age 18 and 8.10% of those age 65 or over.

Localities

Cities

Townships

Clay County is divided into these townships:

Economy

At one point Great Lakes Airlines was headquartered in Summit Township, Clay County.[3][4]

References

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Welcome to Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd." Great Lakes Airlines. December 5, 1998. Retrieved on May 25, 2009.
  4. ^ "Spencer city, Iowa." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 25, 2009.

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Coordinates: 43°04′51″N 95°08′58″W / 43.08083°N 95.14944°W / 43.08083; -95.14944


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Clay County, Iowa
Map
File:Map of Iowa highlighting Clay County.png
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the USA highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1851
Seat Spencer
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.63%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

17372
Time zone Central : UTC-6/-5
Website: www.co.clay.ia.us

Clay County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of 2000, the population is 17,372. Its name is in honor of Henry Clay a colonel who died in action in the Mexican-American War, and son of Henry Clay, famous American statesman. Its county seat is Spencer.6 It also holds the annual Clay County Fair.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,483 km² (573 sq mi). 1,473 km² (569 sq mi) of it is land and 9 km² (4 sq mi) of it (0.63%) is water.

Major Highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Clay County.

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 17,372 people, 7,259 households, and 4,776 families residing in the county. The population density was 12/km² (30/sq mi). There were 7,828 housing units at an average density of 5/km² (14/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 98.08% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.82% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. 1.13% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,259 households out of which 30.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.60% were married couples living together, 6.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.20% were non-families. 29.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.70% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 26.90% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 18.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 93.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,799, and the median income for a family was $42,769. Males had a median income of $30,163 versus $21,068 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,451. About 6.30% of families and 8.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.10% of those under age 18 and 8.10% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

External links

CoordinatesImage:Wp_globe_tiny.gif: 43°04′51″N, 95°08′58″WLatitude: 43°4′51″N
Longitude: 95°8′58″W


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