Jackson County is a county located in the U.S.
state of Iowa.
eastern border is formed by the Mississippi River. As of 2000, the
population was 20,296. A 2008 estimate shows a slight decrease to
19,965. Its county seat is
According to the U.S. Census Bureau
, the county has a total
area of 650 square miles (1,683 km²), of which
636 square miles (1,647 km²) is land and 14 square
miles (35 km²) (2.10%) is water.
Jackson County was formed on December 21, 1837. It was named after
US President Andrew Jackson
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Jackson
As of the census
of 2000, there were 20,296
people, 8,078 households, and 5,589 families residing in the
county. The population density
was 32 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 8,949 housing
units at an average density of 14 per square mile (5/km²). The
racial makeup of the county was 98.96% White
, 0.10% Black
or African American
, 0.12% Native American
, 0.09% Asian
, 0.11% Pacific Islander
, 0.15% from
, and 0.47%
from two or more races. 0.60% of the population were Hispanic
of any race.
There were 8,078 households out of which 32.00% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 58.20% were married couples
living together, 7.70% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 30.80% were non-families.
27.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.80% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the county the population was spread out with 26.00% under the
age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 26.50% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from
45 to 64, and 17.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median
age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.10 males. For
every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $34,529, and
the median income for a family was $42,526. Males had a median
income of $29,334 versus $20,577 for females. The per capita income
for the county was
$17,329. About 7.70% of families and 10.30% of the population were
below the poverty line
13.90% of those under age 18 and 8.90% of those age 65 or
The three-member board of supervisors that governs Jackson County
is composed of Steve Flynn, Larry Koos, and Jack Willey, and the
is Russ Kettmann.
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is a law enforcement agency
located in the
county. The headquarters for the Sheriff's
Department are in Maquoketa,
The department is led by an elected
. The Sheriff is Russ Kettmann.
The Sheriff's Department provides law enforcement for
unincorporated areas in the county, and performs various civil
procedures. Like other departments, the department uses the Jeep
Grand Cherokee as its primary patrol vehicle.
- Copper Creek
- Crabb's Mill
- Garry Owen
- Gordon's Ferry
- Hickory Grove
- Farmers Creek
- Iron Hill
- East Iron Hill
- Mount Algor
- New Castle
- New Rochester
- North Maquoketa
- Otter Creek
- Prairie Springs
- Smiths Ferry
- Spruce Mills
- Summer Hill
- Tetes des Morts
- Union Center
- Van Buren
Jackson County is divided into 18 townships
- Sorensen, Lucille. Holihan, Grace. Ghost Towns of Jackson
County Iowa/History of Jackson County, Vol. 1,
Jackson County Historical Society 1988 and 2000.