Plymouth County is a
county located in the U.S. state of Iowa.
of 2000, the population was 24,849. Its county seat
According to the U.S. Census Bureau
, the county has a total
area of 864 square miles (2,238 km²), of which
864 square miles (2,237 km²) is land and 0 square
miles (1 km²) (0.05%) is water.
Plymouth County was formed on January 15, 1851. Settlement began in
1856. In October, 1859, the first courthouse was built and the
first public school opened its doors with 32 pupils. In 1872, the
county seat was moved to Le Mars and a new courthouse and a jail
were built there in 1873. The courthouse in present use was built
in 1900 of red sandstone.
During the Great Depression, the farmers organized a group, which
they named the Farmers Holiday Group. The goal was to keep farm
products off the market until the desired price was met. A radical
group among them abducted Judge Bradley from his court chamber and
threatened to hang him in the front of the courthouse. Bradley was
freed, but the governor ordered the national guard toPlymouth
County and declared state of emergency, which meant the end of the
Farmers Holiday Group.
2000 Census Age Pyramid for Plymouth
As of the census
of 2000, there were 24,849
people, 9,372 households, and 6,804 families residing in the
county. The population density
was 29 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 9,880 housing
units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The
racial makeup of the county was 98.16% White
, 0.29% Black
or African American
, 0.14% Native American
, 0.27% Asian
, 0.06% Pacific Islander
, 0.46% from
, and 0.62%
from two or more races. 1.32% of the population were Hispanic
of any race.
There were 9,372 households out of which 35.70% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 63.30% were married couples
living together, 6.20% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 27.40% were non-families.
24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.00% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the county the population was spread out with 28.30% under the
age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 22.00% from
45 to 64, and 16.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median
age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.80 males. For
every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.70 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $41,638, and
the median income for a family was $50,009. Males had a median
income of $33,566 versus $22,558 for females. The per capita income
for the county was
$19,442. About 4.40% of families and 6.00% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 6.70%
of those under age 18 and 6.40% of those age 65 or over.
Points of interest
The Pappas Telecasting Tower
, with a height of , is
one of the tallest masts in the