Guthrie County, Iowa

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Guthrie County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of 2000, the population was 11,353. Its county seat is Guthrie Center,[1] and it is one of the five counties that make up the Des MoinesWest Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.[2]



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 593 square miles (1,535.9 km2), of which 591 square miles (1,530.7 km2) is land and 2 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.41%) is water.

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Guthrie County was formed on January 15, 1851. It was named after Captain Edwin B. Guthrie, who had died in the Mexican-American War.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 11,353 people, 4,641 households, and 3,248 families residing in the county. The population density was 19 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 5,467 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.61% White, 0.12% Black or African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.42% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. 1.06% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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