Mahaska County

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Mahaska County, Iowa

106 S 1st St Mahaska Courthouse
Oskaloosa, IA 52577
Phone: (641) 673-7786
Fax: (641) 672-1256
www.mahaskacounty.org

In south-central IA, northwest of Ottumwa; established Feb 17, 1843 (prior to statehood) from Indian lands. Name Origin: For Mahaska (1784-1834), a chief of the Iowa tribe, whose name means 'white cloud.' the county seat was named for one of his wives

Area (sq mi):: 573.40 (land 570.87; water 2.53) Population per square mile: 39.20
Population 2005: 22,364 State rank: 27 Population change: 2000-20005 0.10%; 1990-2000 3.80% Population 2000: 22,335 (White 96.70%; Black or African American 0.60%; Hispanic or Latino 0.90%; Asian 0.90%; Other 1.30%). Foreign born: 1.60%. Median age: 37.20
Income 2000: per capita $18,232; median household $37,314; Population below poverty level: 9.80% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $24,650-$25,222
Unemployment (2004): 4.80% Unemployment change (from 2000): 1.40% Median travel time to work: 18.90 minutes Working outside county of residence: 37.90%
Cities with population over 10,000:
  • Oskaloosa County seat (10,945)

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    The mining town of Buxton, in Mahaska County, Iowa, which housed workers of the Consolidation Coal Company, saw six black newspapers appear between 1900 and 1925, the year the mines closed.