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Wright County, Iowa
Wright County Courthouse
Map of Iowa highlighting Wright County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of USA IA
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Founded 1851
Named for Silas Wright
Seat Clarion
Largest city Eagle Grove
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

582 sq mi (1,507 km²)
580 sq mi (1,502 km²)
1.8 sq mi (5 km²), 0.3%
 - (2010)
 - Density

23/sq mi (9/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Wright County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,229.[1] The county seat is Clarion.[2] The county was formed on January 15, 1851, and named after Silas Wright, a governor of New York, and Joseph Albert Wright, a governor of Indiana.[3]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 582 square miles (1,510 km2), of which 580 square miles (1,500 km2) is land and 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) (0.3%) is covered by water.[4] The terrain is generally undulating. The county is intersected by the Boone and Iowa Rivers[5]

Major highwaysEdit

Adjacent countiesEdit


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1870 2,392
1880 5,062 111.6%
1890 12,057 138.2%
1900 18,227 51.2%
1910 17,951 −1.5%
1920 20,348 13.4%
1930 20,216 −0.6%
1940 20,038 −0.9%
1950 19,652 −1.9%
1960 19,447 −1.0%
1970 17,294 −11.1%
1980 16,319 −5.6%
1990 14,269 −12.6%
2000 14,334 0.5%
2010 13,229 −7.7%
Est. 2015 12,773 [6] −10.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]

2010 censusEdit

The 2010 census recorded a population of 13,229 in the county, with a population density of 22.7803/sq mi (8.7955/km2). There were 6,529 housing units, of which 5,625 were occupied.[11]

2000 censusEdit

USA Wright County, Iowa age pyramid

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Wright County

As of the census[12] 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.


Primary and secondaryEdit

There are three school districts in Wright County with three high schools: Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Community School District K-12 Enrollment 954 Eagle Grove Community School District K-12 Enrollment 836 Belmond-Klemme Community School District K-12 Enrollment 793


Iowa State University maintains an extension office in Clarion. Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, and Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls are all within driving distance of Wright County. Iowa Central Community College began offering ICN Polycom classes in Clarion and Eagle Grove in 2015.

Politics Edit

Presidential Election Results 2000-2008
Year Democratic 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


Several small newspapers are published in Wright County, including the Wright County Monitor, serving Clarion and Dows, the Eagle Grove Eagle, and the Belmond Independent.

Wright County FairEdit

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.[13]


Population rankingEdit

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Wright County.[14]

county seat

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

1 Eagle Grove City 3,583
2 Clarion City 2,850
3 Belmond City 2,376
4 Goldfield City 635
5 Dows (partially in Franklin County) City 538
6 Woolstock City 168
7 Rowan City 158
8 Galt City 32

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Wright County
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ Wikisource-logo "Wright. II. A N. central county of Iowa". The American Cyclopædia. 1879. 
  6. ^ "County Totals Dataset: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Population & Housing Occupancy Status 2010". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved 2011-06-19. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  13. ^ Wright County District Junior Fair
  14. ^

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