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

725 sq mi (1,878 km²)
717 sq mi (1,857 km²)
7 sq mi (18 km²), 0.98%
PopulationEst.
 - (2006)
 - Density

201,853 [1]
267/sq mi (103/km²)
Founded 1839
County flag Flag of Linn County, Iowa
Website www.linncounty.org

Linn County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of 2000, the population was 191,701. The 2006 estimate is 201,853.[2] It is named in honor of Senator Lewis Linn of Missouri. Its county seat is Cedar Rapids,[1] and it is one of the three counties that make up the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Statistical Area.[2]

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History

Linn County was organized by the first legislative assembly of the Iowa Territory on January 15, 1839. A site was selected for its first county seat along Indian Creek, and was named Marion, after the Revolutionary War general Francis Marion. As early as 1855, there were debates over moving the county seat to the fast-growing Cedar Rapids, southwest of Marion, but it was not until November 6, 1919, that there were enough votes in favor of the move (9,960 to 4,823)[3]. The first rail line was built through Cedar Rapids in 1859, and made the town (and the county) a major commercial hub in eastern Iowa.

Many areas of the county were damaged by the flooding Cedar River in June, 2008.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 725 square miles (1,877 km²), of which 717 square miles (1,858 km²) is land and 7 square miles (18 km²) (0.98%) is water.

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Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Linn County.
Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1900 55,392
1910 60,720 9.6%
1920 74,004 21.9%
1930 82,336 11.3%
1940 89,142 8.3%
1950 104,274 17.0%
1960 136,899 31.3%
1970 163,213 19.2%
1980 169,775 4.0%
1990 168,767 −0.6%
2000 191,701 13.6%
Est. 2006 201,853 5.3%
IA Counties 1900-1990

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 191,701 people, 76,753 households, and 50,349 families residing in the county. The population density was 267 people per square mile (103/km²). There were 80,551 housing units at an average density of 112 per square mile (43/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.90% White, 2.57% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 1.37% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.46% from other races, and 1.44% from two or more races. 1.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 76,753 households out of which 31.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.20% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.40% were non-families. 27.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 10.10% from 18 to 24, 30.30% from 25 to 44, 22.10% from 45 to 64, and 12.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 96.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $46,206, and the median income for a family was $56,494. Males had a median income of $38,525 versus $26,403 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,977. About 4.30% of families and 6.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.60% of those under age 18 and 6.40% of those age 65 or over.

Government

Linn County Court House in Cedar Rapids

On July 24, 2007, the voters of Linn County approved a measure to change the form of government from a 3-member Board of Supervisors elected at large to a 5-member Board of Supervisors elected by district. The supervisors serve overlapping 4-year terms.[5]

The current supervisors are:

Name District First elected
Lu Barron 1st District 1996
Linda Langston 2nd District 2002
Ben Rogers 3rd District 2008
Brent Oleson 4th District 2008
James M. Houser 5th District Appointed in 1990, elected in 1992

Cities and towns

Unincorporated communities

See also

References

External links

Coordinates: 42°04′43″N 91°35′59″W / 42.07861°N 91.59972°W / 42.07861; -91.59972


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Linn County, Iowa
Map
File:Map of Iowa highlighting Linn County.png
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the USA highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded information needed
Seat Cedar Rapids
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.98%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2006)
 - Density

201853 [1]
Website: www.co.linn.ia.us

Linn County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of 2000, the population was 191,701. The 2006 estimate is 201,853.[2] It is named in honor of Senator Lewis Linn of Missouri. Its county seat is Cedar Rapids,6 and it is one of the three counties that make up the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Statistical Area.[1]

Contents

History

Linn County was organized by the first legislative assembly of the Iowa Territory on January 15th, 1839. A site was selected for its first county seat along Indian Creek, and was named Marion, after the Revolutionary War general Francis Marion. As early as 1855, there were debates over moving the county seat to the fast-growing Cedar Rapids, southwest of Marion, but it was not until November 6th, 1919, that there were enough votes in favor of the move (9,960 to 4,823)[2]. The first rail line was built through Cedar Rapids in 1859, and made the town (and the county) a major commercial hub in eastern Iowa.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,877 km² (725 sq mi). 1,858 km² (717 sq mi) of it is land and 18 km² (7 sq mi) of it (0.98%) is water.

Major Highways

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Adjacent counties

Demographics

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Linn County.

As of the census² of 2000, there were 191,701 people, 76,753 households, and 50,349 families residing in the county. The population density was 103/km² (267/sq mi). There were 80,551 housing units at an average density of 43/km² (112/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 93.90% White, 2.57% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 1.37% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.46% from other races, and 1.44% from two or more races. 1.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 76,753 households out of which 31.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.20% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.40% were non-families. 27.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 10.10% from 18 to 24, 30.30% from 25 to 44, 22.10% from 45 to 64, and 12.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 96.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $46,206, and the median income for a family was $56,494. Males had a median income of $38,525 versus $26,403 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,977. About 4.30% of families and 6.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.60% of those under age 18 and 6.40% of those age 65 or over.

Government

Linn County Court House in Cedar Rapids

The Linn County Board of Supervisors is composed of three supervisors, each of whom is elected to a four-year term. The elections are staggered: one supervisor is elected two years apart from the other two.

The current supervisors are:

Name Years in Office
Lu Barron 1996-present
Jim Houser 1990-present
Linda Langston 2002-present

Cities and towns

Unincorporated communities

See also

References

  1. ^ {{cite web|url=http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/bulletins/fy2006/b06-01.pdf|title=Update of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses|accessdate=2006-07-21|author=United States Office of Management and Budget
  2. ^ History of Linn County.

External links

CoordinatesImage:Wp_globe_tiny.gif: 42°04′43″N, 91°35′59″WLatitude: 42°4′43″N
Longitude: 91°35′59″W


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