Adams County, Iowa

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Adams County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of 2000, the population is 4,482. According to the 2000 census it is the county in Iowa with the fewest residents. Its county seat is Corning.[1]



Adams County was established by the state legislature in 1851 and named in honor of the second President of the United States, John Adams, or his son, the sixth President, John Quincy Adams (sources differ). The county was finally organized and separated from Pottawattamie County on March 12, 1853. Its original size was later reduced by the creation of Montgomery and Union Counties.

The first county seat was Quincy. In 1872, it was moved to Corning.[2]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 425 square miles (1,100 km2), of which 424 square miles (1,100 km2) is land and 2 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.44%) is water.

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