Howard County, Iowa

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Howard County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of 2000, the population was 9,932. Its county seat is Cresco.[1]



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 474 square miles (1,227.7 km2), of which 473 square miles (1,225.1 km2) is land and 1 square mile (2.6 km2) (0.08%) is water.

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Howard County was founded in 1851. It was named after General Tilghman Ashurst Howard, a Representative of Indiana.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 9,932 people, 3,974 households, and 2,650 families residing in the county. The population density was 21 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 4,327 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 99.06% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. 0.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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