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

573 sq mi (1,485 km²)
571 sq mi (1,479 km²)
3 sq mi (7 km²), 0.44%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

22,335
39/sq mi (15/km²)
Founded information needed
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.mahaskacounty.org

Mahaska County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of 2000, the population was 22,335. Its county seat is Oskaloosa[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 (1,479 km²) is land and 3 square miles (7 km²) (0.44%) is water.

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Major highways

Adjacent counties

History

Mahaska, from Futon's Red Men of Iowa 1882.

Mahaska County was formed on February 17, 1843. The county has been self-governing since February 5, 1844. It was named after Chief Mahaska of the Iowa tribe. The county was the first in Iowa to have a sheriff and a justice of peace.[2]

The first courthouse was completed in January, 1846. The second structure was put into use on February 27, 1886. The first school, a small log cabin one-half mile (ca. 2 km) east of Oskaloosa, was opened on September 16, 1844 and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church opened as the first church in 1846.[3] On July 2, 1850, the first edition of the Iowa Herald was issued (today the Oskaloosa Herald). In 1864, the first tracks were laid through the county of the Des Moines Valley Railroad.[2]

Coal mining was once a major industry in Mahaska County.[4] In the 19th century, Muchakinock, about 5 miles south of Oskaloosa, was probably the largest and most prosperous coal camp in Iowa.

Demographics

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Mahaska County.
Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1900 34,273
1910 29,860 −12.9%
1920 26,270 −12.0%
1930 25,804 −1.8%
1940 26,485 2.6%
1950 24,672 −6.8%
1960 23,602 −4.3%
1970 22,177 −6.0%
1980 22,867 3.1%
1990 21,522 −5.9%
2000 22,335 3.8%
IA Counties 1900-1990

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 22,335 people, 8,880 households, and 6,144 families residing in the county. The population density was 39 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 9,551 housing units at an average density of 17 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.20% White, 0.64% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.86% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. 0.85% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,880 households out of which 32.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.60% were married couples living together, 7.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.80% were non-families. 26.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, and 16.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 99.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,314, and the median income for a family was $43,557. Males had a median income of $32,618 versus $23,192 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,232. About 7.50% of families and 9.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.70% of those under age 18 and 9.30% of those age 65 or over.

Localities

Cities

Mahaska County Courthouse, Henry C. Koch, architect, 1886

Other community

Notes

  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. ^ a b Mahaska County
  3. ^ About Mahaska
  4. ^ Map of Historic Coal Mines in Mahaska County, Mahaska 4-H Tech Team, May 2006.
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Coordinates: 41°20′02″N 92°38′44″W / 41.33389°N 92.64556°W / 41.33389; -92.64556


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Mahaska County, Iowa
Map
File:Map of Iowa highlighting Mahaska 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 Oskaloosa
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.44%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

22335
Time zone Central : UTC-6/-5
Website: www.mahaskacounty.org

Mahaska County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of 2000, the population was 22,335. Its county seat is Oskaloosa6.

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,485 km² (573 sq mi). 1,479 km² (571 sq mi) of it is land and 7 km² (3 sq mi) of it (0.44%) is water.

Major Highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Mahaska County.

As of the census² of 2000, there were 22,335 people, 8,880 households, and 6,144 families residing in the county. The population density was 15/km² (39/sq mi). There were 9,551 housing units at an average density of 6/km² (17/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.20% White, 0.64% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.86% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. 0.85% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,880 households out of which 32.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.60% were married couples living together, 7.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.80% were non-families. 26.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, and 16.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 99.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,314, and the median income for a family was $43,557. Males had a median income of $32,618 versus $23,192 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,232. About 7.50% of families and 9.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.70% of those under age 18 and 9.30% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Mahaska County Courthouse

CoordinatesImage:Wp_globe_tiny.gif: 41°20′02″N, 92°38′44″WLatitude: 41°20′2″N
Longitude: 92°38′44″W


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