Ida County

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Ida County, Iowa

401 Moorehead St
Ida Grove, IA 51445
Phone: (712) 364-2626
Fax: (712) 364-3929

In western IA, east of Sioux City; established Jan 15, 1851 from Cherokee County. Name Origin: For Mt. Ida of Greek myth; either the one in Crete or the one near ancient Troy (in present-day Turkey). The name was suggested by Eliphalet Price to connect the old classic civilization of Europe with the new civilization of the plains. Other sources say the county is named for the first white child born in the community (July 19, 1856), Ida Smith, daughter of Edwin Smith, a trapper

Area (sq mi):: 432.23 (land 431.71; water 0.52) Population per square mile: 17.10
Population 2005: 7,379 State rank: 93 Population change: 2000-20005 -5.80%; 1990-2000 -6.30% Population 2000: 7,837 (White 98.70%; Black or African American 0.10%; Hispanic or Latino 0.50%; Asian 0.20%; Other 0.70%). Foreign born: 0.20%. Median age: 41.50
Income 2000: per capita $18,675; median household $34,805; Population below poverty level: 8.80% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $23,288-$25,681
Unemployment (2004): 4.50% Unemployment change (from 2000): 1.80% Median travel time to work: 15.70 minutes Working outside county of residence: 19.70%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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