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Wright County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowamarker. As of 2000, the population was 14,334. Its county seat is Clarionmarker.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 583 square miles (1,509 km²), of which 581 square miles (1,504 km²) is land and 2 square miles (5 km²) (0.31%) is water.

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Wright County was formed on January 15, 1851. It was named after Silas Wright, a Governor of New York and for Joseph Albert Wright, a Governor of Indiana.


As of the census of 2000, there were 14,334 people, 5,940 households, and 3,938 families residing in the county. The population density was 25 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 6,559 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.93% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 2.90% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. 4.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,940 households out of which 28.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.30% were married couples living together, 6.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.70% were non-families. 30.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 6.50% from 18 to 24, 24.50% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 21.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 96.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,197, and the median income for a family was $44,043. Males had a median income of $29,398 versus $21,222 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,247. About 4.20% of families and 7.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.70% of those under age 18 and 6.40% of those age 65 or over.

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Primary and secondary

There are three school districts in Wright County with three high schools:


Iowa State Universitymarker operates an extension office in Clarion, and the Iowa Central Community Collegemarker and Buena Vista Universitymarker plan to maintain a continuing education there. The county is part of the Iowa Central Community College district, except for the Belmond-Klemme school district, which is in the North Iowa Area Community Collegemarker district.

Wright County Fair

The first Wright County Fair was held in Clarion. The old fairgrounds were located where Clarion's USA Healthcare Center stands today. For some unknown reason, in 1924 the fair in Clarion closed. It was moved to Goldfield in 1925 and then to its present location in Eagle Grove in 1926. The Wright County Fair was later renamed the Wright County District Junior Fair. Entries are open to children in Hamilton, Humboldt, Webster, Hardin, Franklin, and Wright Counties.


Several small newspapers are published in Wright County, including the Wright County Monitor of Clarion. Other newspapers include the Eagle Grove Eagle, the Belmond Independent, the Dows Advocate, and the Clarion Monthly.


Presidential Election Results 2000-2008
Year Democrat Republican
2008 48.51% 3,102 50.1% 3,198
2004 44.37% 2,930 54.99% 3,631
2000 44,13% 2,796 53.41% 3,384


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