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Cedar County, Iowa
Cedar County IA Courthouse
Map of Iowa highlighting Cedar County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of USA IA
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Founded 1837
Named for Cedar River
Seat Tipton
Largest city Tipton
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

582 sq mi (1,507 km²)
579 sq mi (1,500 km²)
2.5 sq mi (6 km²), 0.4%
 - (2010)
 - Density

32/sq mi (12/km²)
Congressional district 2nd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Cedar County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,499.[1] Its county seat is Tipton.[2] The county is named for the Cedar River, which runs through the county.

Cedar County is located between the Cedar Rapids, Quad Cities and Iowa City metropolitan areas, areas also known as the "Tri-Metro" county. It is the only Iowa county which shares the name of a tree.

Cedar County was the focus of the Iowa Cow War of 1931.

History Edit

Cedar County was formed on December 21, 1837, from sections of Dubuque County. It was named for the Cedar River.

In 1840, the City of Tipton, the current county seat, was established.

Before the American Civil War, the area around West Branch was an active focal point of the Underground Railroad, a network for the freeing of slaves from the southern states.

The former US President Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) was born in West Branch in Cedar County.[3]

The Cedar County Sheriff's House and Jail is believed to be the last jail and residence combination still in use when it closed in 2001.[4] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.

Geography Edit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 582 square miles (1,510 km2), of which 579 square miles (1,500 km2) is land and 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2) (0.4%) is water.[5] Rock Creek flows through Cedar County.

Major highways Edit

Adjacent counties Edit

National protected area Edit

Demographics Edit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 3,941
1860 12,949 228.6%
1870 19,731 52.4%
1880 18,936 −4.0%
1890 18,253 −3.6%
1900 19,371 6.1%
1910 17,765 −8.3%
1920 17,560 −1.2%
1930 16,760 −4.6%
1940 16,884 0.7%
1950 16,910 0.2%
1960 17,791 5.2%
1970 17,655 −0.8%
1980 18,635 5.6%
1990 17,444 −6.4%
2000 18,187 4.3%
2010 18,499 1.7%
Est. 2015 18,340 [6] 0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]

2010 censusEdit

The 2010 census recorded a population of 13,956 in the county, with a population density of 31.89/sq mi (12.31/km2). There were 8,064 housing units, of which 7,511 were occupied.[11]

2000 censusEdit

USA Cedar County, Iowa age pyramid

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Cedar County

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 18,187 people, 7,147 households, and 5,138 families residing in the county. The population density was 31 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 7,570 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.47% White, 0.19% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. 0.94% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,147 households out of which 33.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.60% were married couples living together, 6.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 23.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.30% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 27.70% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 16.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,198, and the median income for a family was $48,850. Males had a median income of $32,008 versus $23,260 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,200. About 4.00% of families and 5.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.00% of those under age 18 and 7.70% of those age 65 or over.


Cities Edit

Census-designated placeEdit

Unincorporated communitiesEdit


Cedar County is divided into seventeen townships:

Population rankingEdit

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Cedar County.[13]

county seat

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

1 Tipton City 3,221
2 Wilton (mostly in Muscatine County) City 2,802
3 West Branch (partially in Johnson County) City 2,322
4 Durant (partially in Muscatine and Scott Counties) City 1,832
5 Mechanicsville City 1,146
6 Clarence City 974
7 Lowden City 789
8 Stanwood City 684
9 Bennett City 405
10 Rochester CDP 133

Notable peopleEdit

See alsoEdit

References Edit

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Burner, David (1996). Herbert Hoover: A Public Life. Easton Press. 
  4. ^ Oltrogge, Sarah. "Properties Listed on National Register of Historic Places Earn Recognition". State Historical Society of Iowa. Retrieved 2012-05-29. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "County Totals Dataset: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Population and Housing Occupancy Status: 2010 - State -- County". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  13. ^

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