Floyd County
Courthouse in Charles City with Veterans Memorial in front
Courthouse in Charles City with Veterans Memorial in front
Map of Iowa highlighting Floyd County
Location within the U.S. state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 43°03′24″N 92°47′02″W / 43.056666666667°N 92.783888888889°W / 43.056666666667; -92.783888888889
Country United States
State Iowa
Founded1851
Named forCharles Floyd
SeatCharles City
Largest cityCharles City
Area
 • Total501 sq mi (1,300 km2)
 • Land501 sq mi (1,300 km2)
 • Water0.8 sq mi (2 km2)  0.1%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total15,627
 • Density31/sq mi (12/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district4th
Websitewww.floydco.iowa.gov

Floyd County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2020 census, the population was 15,627.[1] The county seat is Charles City.[2]

History

Floyd County was established in 1854 and was named for Sergeant Charles Floyd[3] of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, who died in 1804 near what is now Sioux City, Iowa, and who was the only member to die on the Expedition.

The first school in the county was taught at Nora Springs in 1854.[4] The second was opened at Charles City, the third at Floyd. Twelve years later there were 54 schools in the county, in September 1875, there were 100 school-houses in Floyd County.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 501 square miles (1,300 km2), of which 501 square miles (1,300 km2) is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2) (0.1%) is water.[5]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.Note
18603,744
187010,768187.6%
188014,67736.3%
189015,4245.1%
190017,75415.1%
191017,119−3.6%
192018,86010.2%
193019,5243.5%
194020,1693.3%
195021,5056.6%
196021,102−1.9%
197019,860−5.9%
198019,597−1.3%
199017,058−13.0%
200016,900−0.9%
201016,303−3.5%
202015,627−4.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790–1960[7] 1900–1990[8]
1990–2000[9] 2010–2018[10]
Population of Floyd County from US census data

2020 census

The 2020 census recorded a population of 15,627 in the county, with a population density of 31.1337/sq mi (12.0208/km2). 96.21% of the population reported being of one race. There were 7,314 housing units of which 6,674 were occupied.[1]

Floyd County Racial Composition[11]
Race Num. Perc.
White (NH) 13,907 89%
Black or African American (NH) 415 2.7%
Native American (NH) 29 2.7%
Asian (NH) 293 0.2%
Pacific Islander (NH) 12 0.1%
Other/Mixed (NH) 421 3.2%
Hispanic or Latino 550 2.7%

2010 census

The 2010 census recorded a population of 16,303 in the county, with a population density of 32.567/sq mi (12.5742/km2). There were 7,526 housing units, of which 6,886 were occupied.[12]

2000 census

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Floyd County

As of the census[13] of 2000, there were 16,900 people, 6,828 households, and 4,711 families residing in the county. The population density was 34 people per square mile (13 people/km2). There were 7,317 housing units at an average density of 15 units per square mile (5.8 units/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.11% White, 0.23% Black or African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.44% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. 1.31% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,828 households, out of which 30.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.70% were married couples living together, 7.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.00% were non-families. 28.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 25.10% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 24.40% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 19.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,237, and the median income for a family was $41,133. Males had a median income of $30,285 versus $20,867 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,091. About 6.50% of families and 9.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.00% of those under age 18 and 5.70% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Unincorporated communities

Townships

Floyd County is divided into twelve townships:

Population ranking

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2020 census of Floyd County.[1]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2020 Census)
1 Charles City City 7,396
2 Nashua (mostly in Chickasaw County) City 1,551
3 Nora Springs (partially in Cerro Gordo County) City 1,369
4 Greene (mostly in Butler County) City 990
5 Rockford City 758
6 Rudd City 358
7 Floyd City 313
8 Marble Rock City 271
9 Colwell City 55
10 Roseville CDP 39

Politics

Prior to 1988, Floyd County was strongly Republican in presidential elections. In only four elections from 1896 to 1984 did a Republican presidential candidate fail to win the county. Starting with the 1988 election, the county consistently backed Democratic Party presidential candidates up until the 2012 election. In the presidential election of 2016, the county swung 29.5 points Republican with Donald Trump winning the county by over 14 points after Barack Obama won the county by a similar margin 4 years earlier.[14]

United States presidential election results for Floyd County, Iowa[15]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 4,732 58.91% 3,172 39.49% 128 1.59%
2016 4,375 54.28% 3,179 39.44% 506 6.28%
2012 3,472 42.05% 4,680 56.68% 105 1.27%
2008 3,051 37.70% 4,822 59.58% 220 2.72%
2004 3,745 45.86% 4,349 53.25% 73 0.89%
2000 3,191 44.09% 3,830 52.92% 217 3.00%
1996 2,379 34.54% 3,769 54.73% 739 10.73%
1992 2,404 31.02% 3,688 47.59% 1,658 21.39%
1988 3,266 42.23% 4,377 56.60% 90 1.16%
1984 4,341 50.75% 4,154 48.57% 58 0.68%
1980 4,665 51.16% 3,634 39.86% 819 8.98%
1976 4,361 47.52% 4,646 50.62% 171 1.86%
1972 4,726 57.69% 3,338 40.75% 128 1.56%
1968 4,792 58.60% 2,971 36.33% 415 5.07%
1964 3,721 41.15% 5,317 58.80% 5 0.06%
1960 5,774 59.24% 3,970 40.73% 2 0.02%
1956 6,172 62.17% 3,739 37.66% 16 0.16%
1952 7,042 70.04% 2,999 29.83% 13 0.13%
1948 4,644 54.65% 3,688 43.40% 165 1.94%
1944 5,248 60.11% 3,446 39.47% 37 0.42%
1940 5,829 58.11% 4,167 41.54% 35 0.35%
1936 4,267 47.25% 4,242 46.97% 522 5.78%
1932 4,083 46.50% 4,563 51.96% 135 1.54%
1928 5,675 72.80% 2,074 26.61% 46 0.59%
1924 5,012 66.00% 529 6.97% 2,053 27.03%
1920 6,106 84.84% 933 12.96% 158 2.20%
1916 2,691 66.10% 1,250 30.70% 130 3.19%
1912 1,216 31.13% 1,244 31.85% 1,446 37.02%
1908 2,462 65.13% 1,250 33.07% 68 1.80%
1904 2,820 76.28% 761 20.58% 116 3.14%
1900 2,843 67.56% 1,295 30.77% 70 1.66%
1896 2,749 64.15% 1,461 34.10% 75 1.75%

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "2020 Census State Redistricting Data". census.gov. United states Census Bureau. Retrieved August 12, 2021.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 127.
  4. ^ History of Floyd County Iowa, Chicago, Interstate Publishing Co., 1882, p. 579
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 27, 2010. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  10. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  11. ^ "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE – 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) – Floyd County, Iowa".
  12. ^ "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010" (PDF). United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 16, 2020. Retrieved August 15, 2022.
  13. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  14. ^ "Here's a map of the US counties that flipped to Trump from Democrats". www.cnbc.com. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  15. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved April 26, 2018.

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