Dickinson County, Iowa

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Dickinson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of 2000, the population was 16,424. Its county seat is Spirit Lake.[1] The county was organized in 1857 and is named in honor of Daniel S. Dickinson, a U.S. Senator for New York.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 404 square miles (1,046.4 km2), of which 381 square miles (986.8 km2) is land and 23 square miles (59.6 km2) (5.61%) is water. In land area, it is the smallest county in Iowa.

A region known as the Iowa Great Lakes is in Dickinson County, making it a popular vacation destination for Iowans, and explaining the recent high population growth in the area. The lakes include West Okoboji Lake, East Okoboji Lake, and Spirit Lake.

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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 16,424 people, 7,103 households, and 4,759 families residing in the county. The population density was 43 people per square mile (17/km²). There were 11,375 housing units at an average density of 30 per square mile (12/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.90% White, 0.18% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.43% from two or more races. 0.66% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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