Woodbury County, Iowa

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Woodbury County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of 2000, the population was 103,877. Its county seat is Sioux City[1]. It is the only Iowa county in the four-county Sioux City Metropolitan Statistical Area.[2]



Originally established in 1851 as Wahkaw County, the Iowa Legislature in 1853 changed the name to Woodbury County in honor of Levi Woodbury (1789-1851), a senator and Governor of New Hampshire who served as a Supreme Court justice from 1844 until his death.

The first county seat of Wahkaw County was the now-extinct village of Thompsonville; when the Legislature changed the county name to Woodbury, the new county seat became Sergeant's Bluff (now Sergeant Bluff). The county seat was moved to Sioux City in 1856. [1]

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska (Ho-Chunk) also owns reservation land in Woodbury County.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 877 square miles (2,272 km²), of which 873 square miles (2,260 km²) is land and 5 square miles (12 km²) (0.55%) is water.

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