Wapello County, Iowa

The Wapello County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. In the census in 2010, the County had 35 625 inhabitants and a population density of 31.9 inhabitants per square kilometer. The administrative headquarters ( County Seat) is Ottumwa.


The County is located in southeastern Iowa, is drained by the Des Moines River and is in the south about 40 miles from Missouri removed. It has an area of ​​1129 square kilometers, of which eleven square kilometers of water surface. At the Wapello County cross € n Nachbarcountys following:



The Wapello County was founded on February 17, 1843 as a free designated - formed territory - but in reality populated by Indians. It was named for Wapello, a chieftain of the Fox Indians.

After the land release for the new settlers, on 1 May 1843 still put hundreds from their new slogan along the Des Moines River. Within one month 5,000 people lived here. The first courthouse was a simple log cabin.

The first weekly newspaper in Orange County, the Des Moines Courier was published in 1848. The first permanent courthouse was built of stone. The building was used until 1855. The second was used until 1891. The third courthouse was taken into use on 17 May 1894. This fündgeschossige building was built of sandstone and restored in 1950.

1881 witnessed the Wapello County a small gold rush, as a soil speculator claimed that he had found gold in flowing near Bear Creek. This had the consequence that multiplied the land prices overnight.

Historical buildings

  • List of entries in the National Register of Historic Places in Wapello County

Demographic data

According to the census in 2010 lived in Wapello County 35 625 people in 14,764 households. The population density was 31.9 inhabitants per square kilometer.

The racial the population was composed of 92.1 percent white, 1.4 percent African American, 0.5 percent Native American, 0.7 percent Asian and other ethnic groups; 1.5 percent were descended from two or more races. Regardless of ethnicity were 9.1 percent of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

In the 14,764 households lived statistically 2.37 per person.

22.8 percent of the population were under 18 years old, 60.8 percent were between 18 and 64 and 16.4 percent were 65 years or older. 51.1 percent of the population was female.

The median income for a household was $ 40,093. The per capita income was $ 22,376. 16.2 percent of the population lived below the poverty line.

Places in Wapello County


  • Agency
  • Blakesburg
  • Chillicothe
  • Eddyville1
  • Eldon
  • Kirksville
  • Ottumwa

Unincorporated communities

  • Bladensburg
  • Bridgeport
  • Cliff country
  • Dahlonega
  • Dudley
  • Highland Center
  • Munter Ville
  • Ottumwa Junction
  • Rutledge
  • South Ottumwa
  • Truax

1 - partially in Mahaska and Monroe County


The Wapello County is divided into 14 townships:

  • Adams Township
  • Agency Township
  • Cass Township
  • Center Township
  • Columbia Township
  • Competine Township
  • Dahlonega Township
  • Green Township
  • Highland Township
  • Keokuk Township
  • Pleasant Township
  • Polk Township
  • Richland Township
  • Washington Township