Mitchell County, Iowa

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Mitchell County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. It is named in honor of John Mitchel. As of 2000, the population was 10,874. Its county seat is Osage.[1]



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 469 square miles (1,216 km²), of which 469 square miles (1,214 km²) is land and 0 square miles (1 km²) (0.10%) is water.

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Mitchell County was founded in 1851. It was named after John Mitchel, an Irish patriot.[2]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Mitchell County's 99% White population makes it the county with the smallest percentage of minorities. [3]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 10,874 people, 4,294 households, and 2,984 families residing in the county. The population density was 23 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 4,594 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 99.27% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.07% from other races, and 0.21% from two or more races. 0.58% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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