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Jones County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowamarker. As of 2000, the population was 20,221. Its county seat is Anamosamarker. The county was named in honor of George W. Jones, one of Iowa's first United States Senators. It is one of the three counties that make up the Cedar Rapidsmarker Metropolitan Statistical Area.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 577 square miles (1,494 km²), of which 575 square miles (1,490 km²) is land and 1 square mile (4 km²) (0.24%) is water.

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Jones County was founded on December 21, 1837. It was named after George Wallace Jones, a United States Senator and member of Congress.


2000 Census Age Pyramid for Jones County.

As of the census of 2000, there were 20,221 people, 7,560 households, and 5,299 families residing in the county. The population density was 35 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 8,126 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.68% White, 1.79% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.23% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. 1.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,560 households out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.00% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.90% were non-families. 25.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.50% 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 2.95.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.10% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 15.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 109.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,449, and the median income for a family was $44,269. Males had a median income of $31,039 versus $22,075 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,816. About 6.20% of families and 8.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.80% of those under age 18 and 10.20% of those age 65 or over.



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