Hancock County, Iowa

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Hancock County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 12,100 at the 2000 census. Its county seat is Garner.[1] The county is named in honor of John Hancock, a leader of the Continental Congress during the American Revolution.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 573 square miles (1,484.1 km2), of which 571 square miles (1,478.9 km2) is land and 2 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.35%) is water.

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Hancock County was founded on January 15, 1851. It was named after John Hancock, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 12,100 people, 4,795 households, and 3,375 families residing in the county. The population density was 21 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 5,164 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.70% White, 0.09% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.38% from other races, and 0.40% from two or more races. 2.49% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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