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

650 sq mi (1,683 km²)
6,969 sq mi (18,050 km²)
69 sq mi (179 km²), 69.69%
 - (2017)
 - Density

31/sq mi (12/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Jackson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 19,848.[1] The county seat is Maquoketa.[2] The county was formed on December 21, 1837 and named after US President Andrew Jackson.[3]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 650 square miles (1,700 km2), of which 636 square miles (1,650 km2) is land and 14 square miles (36 km2) (2.1%) is water.[4] Its eastern border is formed by the Mississippi River.

Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit

National protected areasEdit

State protected areasEdit


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 7,210
1860 18,493 156.5%
1870 22,619 22.3%
1880 23,771 5.1%
1890 22,771 −4.2%
1900 23,615 3.7%
1910 21,258 −10.0%
1920 19,931 −6.2%
1930 18,481 −7.3%
1940 19,181 3.8%
2010 19,848
Est. 2015 19,444 [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 19,848 in the county, with a population density of 31.2031/sq mi (12.0476/km2). There were 9,415 housing units, of which 8,289 were occupied.[10]

2000 censusEdit

USA Jackson County, Iowa age pyramid

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Jackson County

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 20,296 people, 8,078 households, and 5,589 families residing in the county. The population density was 32 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 8,949 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.96% White, 0.10% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, and 0.47% from two or more races. 0.60% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,078 households out of which 32.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.20% were married couples living together, 7.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.80% were non-families. 27.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.00% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 26.50% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 17.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,529, and the median income for a family was $42,526. Males had a median income of $29,334 versus $20,577 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,329. About 7.70% of families and 10.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.90% of those under age 18 and 8.90% of those age 65 or over.


The three-member board of supervisors that governs Jackson County is composed of Larry "Buck" Koos, Jack Willey, and Larry McDevitt. Their Executive Assistant is LuAnn Goeke.[12]


Current employees are:

  • Assessor Lee Karabin
  • Sue Hare
  • Janelle Bartels
  • Jess Tracy

County Attorney's officeEdit

The responsibilities of the County Attorney include prosecuting violations of the laws of the State of Iowa and County Ordinances, representing the State and the Department of Human Services in Child in Need of Assistance cases, representing applicants in mental and substance abuse commitments, and representing the County in all civil matters. The position of County Attorney is an elected position in the state of Iowa. The current employees of the office are:

  • County Attorney Sara Davenport
  • Assistant County Attorney Amanda Lassance
  • Administrative Assistant/Paralegal Rosanne Schwager

Auditor's officeEdit

Current employees are:

  • Auditor M. Joell Deppe
  • Deputy Lisa Smith
  • Deputy Shelley Hoye
  • Deputy Becki Chapin
  • Office Manager Mary Stickley
  • I.T. Bjorn Beck

Case ManagementEdit

Current employees are:

  • Lynn Bopes
  • Karen Intlekofer
  • Renee Pape
  • Emily Walsh
  • Jane Dubert


Current employees are:

  • Director Daryl Parker
  • Pam True
  • Jessica Wagner
  • Jennifer Meyer

Emergency ManagementEdit

Current employee: Lyn Medinger


Current employees are:

  • Engineer Clark Schloz
  • Mike Clausing
  • Stacy Agnitsch

Health DepartmentEdit

Current employees:

  • Frank Frieberg
  • Secretary Karisa Brown


Current employees:

  • Marty Hudrlik
  • Mike Regan

Adult ProbationEdit

Renee Behr


Current employees are:

  • Recorder Arlene Schauf
  • Deputy Jennifer Jones
  • Deputy Amy Wilms

Sheriff's officeEdit

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is the primary law enforcement agency located in the county. The headquarters for the Sheriff's Department are in Maquoketa, Iowa. The department is led by an elected Sheriff. The current Sheriff is Russ Kettmann.

The Sheriff's Department provides law enforcement for unincorporated areas in the county, and performs various civil procedures. Like other departments, the department uses the Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Interceptor, and Chevy Impala as its primary patrol vehicles. A Chevy Silverado and Dodge Ram truck is also used for patrol.

The department consists of the sheriff, nine full-time deputies, and one part-time deputy. Current employees of the department are:

  • 49-1 - Sheriff Russ Kettmann
  • 49-2 - Chief Deputy Steve Schroeder
  • 49-3 - Deputy Randy Manning
  • 49-4 - Civil Deputy Terry Roling
  • 49-5 - Deputy Russ Long
  • 49-6 - Investigator Brandon Beck
  • 49-7 - K-9 Deputy Chad Gruver
  • 49-8 - Deputy Chad Roeder
  • 49-9 - Deputy Corey Kettmann
  • 49-10- Deputy Kody Sieverding
  • 49-11- Deputy Scott Heiar
  • Criminal Administrator - Karen Wells
  • Civil Administrator - Kim Clark
  • Jail Administrator - Mark Pape

Solid WasteEdit

Current employee: Mark Beck


Current employees are:

  • Treasurer Nancy Roling
  • Deputy Jane Ernst
  • Deputy Jean Ambrosy
  • Deputy Carol Gerlach-Lucke
  • Deputy Bruce Ruchotzke
  • Deputy Rebecca Kutsch

Veteran's AffairsEdit

Current employees are:

  • VA Director Terry Creegan
  • Debbie Schroeder


Current employee: Ben Kober

Fire Protection and Emergency Medical ServicesEdit

Fire protection in the county is left up to the discretion of the cities within the county. The towns of Maquoketa, Preston, Miles, Springbrook, Sabula, Baldwin, Bellevue, Andrew and La Motte all have their own fire departments providing protection for the whole county. Most city fire departments also provide rescue services. Fire equipment usually consists of Engines, Tankers and brush trucks as well as most fire departments owning a Rescue truck. The Maquoketa Fire department also owns a Ladder truck. Most firefighters certify as Iowa Firefighter One and HAZMAT Operations and some also are certified as EMTs. The towns of Maquoketa, Preston, Sabula and Bellevue also have their own Ambulance Services which provide coverage for the county while towns not having ambulances have First Responder units and contract ambulance response to a nearby community. All firefighters in Jackson County are volunteers and most EMS personnel are also volunteers however the Maquoketa Ambulance Service is a paid service. All Jackson County departments are members of the Jackson County Firefighters Association and the Iowa Firefighters Association. Mutual Aid Agreements from surrounding Iowa counties as well as the state of Illinois are in place to provide additional help during emergencies which tax the county emergency resources beyond their limits.


Jackson County has one Hospital in Maquoketa. This is known as the Jackson County Regional Health Center. Patients near Maquoketa will be transported to this hospital while patients in areas closer to Clinton County will most likely be taken to Mercy Medical Center in Clinton Iowa. Some patients in areas closer to Dubuque County are taken to Mercy or Finley Hospitals both in the city of Dubuque.



Unincorporated communitiesEdit

Ghost townsEdit

  • Alma
  • Amoy
  • America
  • Bridgeport
  • Brookfield
  • Buckhorn
  • Canton
  • Carrollport
  • Centerville
  • Charleston
  • Charkstown
  • Cobb
  • Coloma
  • Copper Creek
  • Cottonville
  • Crabb
  • Crabb's Mill
  • Crabbtown
  • Deventersville
  • Duggan
  • Duke
  • Emeline
  • Fremont
  • Fulton
  • Gordon's Ferry
  • Hickory Grove
  • Higginsport
  • Hugo
  • Hurstville
  • Fairfield
  • Farmers Creek
  • Franklin
  • Iron Hill
  • East Iron Hills
  • Isabel
  • Lainsville
  • Lowell
  • Millrock
  • Mount Algor
  • Nashville
  • New Castle
  • New Rochester
  • North Maquoketa
  • Otter Creek
  • Ozark
  • Pass
  • Prairie Springs
  • Rolley
  • Silsbee
  • Smiths Ferry
  • Springfield
  • Spruce Mills
  • Sterling
  • Sullivan
  • Summer Hill
  • Sylva
  • Tetes des Morts
  • Union Center
  • Van Buren
  • Wagonersburgh
  • Waterford
  • Wickliffe



Jackson County is divided into 18 townships:

Population rankingEdit

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

county seat

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

1 Maquoketa City 6,141
2 Bellevue City 2,191
3 Preston City 1,012
4 Sabula City 576
5 Miles City 445
6 Andrew City 434
7 La Motte City 260
8 Monmouth City 153
9 Springbrook City 144
10 St. Donatus City 135
11 Baldwin City 109
12 Zwingle (partially in Dubuque County) City 91
13 Spragueville City 81

See alsoEdit


  • Sorensen, Lucille. Holihan, Grace. Ghost Towns of Jackson County Iowa/History of Jackson County, Vol. 1, Jackson County Historical Society 1988 and 2000.


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off.. pp. 167. 
  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. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved May 18, 2011. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
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  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 21, 2013. Retrieved February 13, 2016. 

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