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Bremer County, Iowa
Bremer County IA Courthouse
Map of Iowa highlighting Bremer County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of USA IA
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Founded 1851
Named for Fredrika Bremer
Seat Waverly
Largest city Waverly
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

439 sq mi (1,137 km²)
435 sq mi (1,127 km²)
3.9 sq mi (10 km²), 0.9%
 - (2010)
 - Density

56/sq mi (22/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Waverly iowa


Bremer County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,276.[1] Its county seat is Waverly.[2] The county was named for Fredrika Bremer, a Swedish traveler, poet, and author.[3]

Bremer County is included in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA Metropolitan Statistical Area.[4]

Geography Edit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 439 square miles (1,140 km2), of which 435 square miles (1,130 km2) is land and 3.9 square miles (10 km2) (0.9%) is water.[5] It is intersected by the Cedar and Wapsipinicon rivers.[6]

Major highways Edit

Adjacent counties Edit

Demographics Edit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 4,915
1870 12,528 154.9%
1880 14,081 12.4%
1890 14,630 3.9%
1900 16,305 11.4%
1910 15,843 −2.8%
1920 16,728 5.6%
1930 17,046 1.9%
1940 17,932 5.2%
1950 18,884 5.3%
1960 21,108 11.8%
1970 22,737 7.7%
1980 24,820 9.2%
1990 22,813 −8.1%
2000 23,325 2.2%
2010 24,276 4.1%
Est. 2015 24,722 [7] 6.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2013[1]

2010 censusEdit

The 2010 census recorded a population of 24,276 in the county, with a population density of 55.42/sq mi (21.400/km2). There were 9,915 housing units, of which 9,385 were occupied.[12]

2000 censusEdit

USA Bremer County, Iowa age pyramid

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Bremer County

As of the census[13] of 2000, there were 23,325 people, 8,860 households, and 6,326 families residing in the county. The population density was 53 people per square mile (21/km²). There were 9,337 housing units at an average density of 21 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.22% White, 0.48% Black or African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. 0.56% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,860 households out of which 32.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.50% were married couples living together, 6.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.60% were non-families. 24.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.70% 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, 12.00% from 18 to 24, 23.90% from 25 to 44, 23.90% 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 93.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,826, and the median income for a family was $50,299. Males had a median income of $34,212 versus $22,250 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,199. About 2.90% of families and 5.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.20% of those under age 18 and 5.80% of those age 65 or over.


Wartburg College is located in Waverly.

Attractions Edit

The Bremer County Fair is held at the county fairgrounds in Waverly every year in early August. It celebrated its 135th year in August 2010. Attractions include livestock and craft exhibitions, truck and tractor pulls, commercial and local exhibits, and various contests, performances, and concerts.

The Bremer County Court House, which opened in 1937, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[14]


Cities Edit

Unincorporated communitiesEdit

Townships Edit

Bremer County is divided into fourteen townships:

Population rankingEdit

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Bremer County.[15]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)

1 Waverly City 9,874
2 Sumner (partially in Fayette County) City 2,028
3 Denver City 1,780
4 Tripoli City 1,313
5 Janesville (partially in Black Hawk County) City 930
6 Readlyn City 808
7 Plainfield City 436
8 Frederika City 183

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Bremer County History". Bremer County, Iowa. Retrieved May 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ United States Office of Management and Budget. "Update of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses" (PDF). pp. 5, 36.. Archived from the original on 2006-05-14. Retrieved 2006-07-21. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ Wikisource-logo "Bremer". The American Cyclopædia. 1879. 
  7. ^ "County Totals Dataset: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Population and Housing Occupancy Status: 2010 - State -- County". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  13. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  14. ^ Svendsen, Marlvs A.. [[[:Template:NRHP url]] "PWA-Era County Courthouses of IA MPS"]. National Park Service. Template:NRHP url. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  15. ^

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