Decatur County, Iowa

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Decatur County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 8,689 at the 2000 census. Its county seat is Leon.[1] This county is named for Stephen Decatur, Jr., a hero in the War of 1812.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 533 square miles (1,380.5 km2), of which 532 square miles (1,377.9 km2) is land and 2 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.29%) is water.

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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 8,689 people, 3,337 households, and 2,149 families residing in the county. The population density was 16 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 3,833 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.46% White, 0.98% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.46% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. 1.70% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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