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Butler County, Iowa
Butler County IA Courthouse
Map of Iowa highlighting Butler County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of USA IA
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Founded 1851
Named for William Orlando Butler
Seat Allison
Largest city Parkersburg
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

582 sq mi (1,507 km²)
580 sq mi (1,502 km²)
1.6 sq mi (4 km²), 0.3%
 - (2010)
 - Density

26/sq mi (10/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Butler County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,867.[1] Its county seat is Allison.[2] The county was organized in 1854 and named for General William O. Butler.[3]

History Edit

Butler County was formed on January 15, 1851 from open land. It was named after Kentucky native William Orlando Butler, a general and hero of the Mexican–American War, who ran as Vice President of the United States in 1848. Until 1854, the county was governed by other counties. Only at this time did it have enough inhabitants to establish its own local government. The first court proceedings were conducted in a small log cabin of a settler. In 1858, the first courthouse was completed in Clarksville. After it was sold shortly thereafter to the local school district, it was used as a schoolhouse from 1863 until 1903.

Clarksville was the first county seat, from 1854 to 1860, after which Butler Center became the seat. Because locals became disenchanted with Butler Center (partially because of its inaccessibility during the winter), Allison was made the county seat on January 10, 1881.

When the tracks of the Dubuque and Dakota Railroad were laid through Allison, the seat was moved there on January 10, 1881. Allison was named after the Dubuque native Republican politician, lawyer and senator William B. Allison.[3]

Butler County is the only county in Iowa that does not have any stop lights, a hospital, or a movie theatre. There are also no national fast food chains in Butler county.

Geography Edit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 582 square miles (1,510 km2), of which 580 square miles (1,500 km2) is land and 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) (0.3%) is water.[4]

Major highways Edit

Adjacent counties Edit

Demographics Edit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 3,724
1870 9,951 167.2%
1880 14,293 43.6%
1890 15,463 8.2%
1900 17,955 16.1%
1910 17,119 −4.7%
1920 17,845 4.2%
1930 17,617 −1.3%
1940 17,986 2.1%
1950 17,394 −3.3%
1960 17,467 0.4%
1970 16,953 −2.9%
1980 17,668 4.2%
1990 15,731 −11.0%
2000 15,305 −2.7%
2010 14,867 −2.9%
Est. 2015 14,915 [5] −2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

2010 censusEdit

The 2010 census recorded a population of 14,867 in the county, with a population density of 25.63/sq mi (9.90/km2). There were 6,682 housing units, of which 6,120 were occupied.[10]

2000 censusEdit

USA Butler County, Iowa age pyramid

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Butler County

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 15,305 people, 6,175 households, and 4,470 families residing in the county. The population density was 26 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 6,578 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.95% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. 0.58% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,175 households out of which 30.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.80% were married couples living together, 6.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.60% were non-families. 25.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.50% 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 2.90.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.40% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 24.90% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 20.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 96.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,883, and the median income for a family was $42,209. Males had a median income of $30,356 versus $20,864 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,036. About 6.50% of families and 8.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.80% of those under age 18 and 9.40% of those age 65 or over.


Cities Edit

Unincorporated communities Edit

Townships Edit

Butler County is divided into sixteen townships:

Population rankingEdit

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Butler County.[12]

county seat

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

1 Parkersburg City 1,870
2 Clarksville City 1,439
3 Shell Rock City 1,296
4 Greene (partially in Floyd County) City 1,130
5 Aplington City 1,128
6 Allison City 1,029
7 Dumont City 637
8 New Hartford City 516
9 Bristow City 160
10 Aredale City 74

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ a b "Butler County's History". Butler County, Iowa. Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "County Totals Dataset: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Population and Housing Occupancy Status: 2010 - State -- County". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  12. ^

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