Story County, Iowa
Story County is a county in the U. S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 89,542; the county seat is Nevada. Story County comprises the Ames, IA Metropolitan Statistical Area, included in the Des Moines-Ames-West Des Moines, IA Combined Statistical Area; the county is home to Iowa State University in Ames. The land that today is known as Story County was prairie with the exception of some groves along the larger streams in the area. In 1846 the boundaries of Story County were established; the County is square in shape. The county was named after Joseph Story, a preeminent United States Supreme Court Justice, in 1853; the first settlers to the area came from Indiana from the New England states of New York and Pennsylvania. Many Norwegians and Danes came directly from overseas and inhabited the area; the first large population influx occurred during the 1850s. Story County was not mentioned in the Federal Census in 1850, but figures from the State of Iowa put the population at 214 in 1852.
By 1860 the population had increased to 4,501. Three commissioners were appointed by the Iowa legislature to determine the county seat location. On June 27, 1853, they announced Nevada as their choice. Nevada was named after the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. Like many Midwestern towns and counties, many prominent locations from the newly explored West and Mexican–American War of the late 1840s inspired the naming of towns and counties in Iowa during this period. Railroad construction did more to develop Story County than any other single factor; the first railroad came to the county in 1864. Railroads were such a decisive factor in determining the location of towns that several communities in Story County moved to be closer to the rail line; some flourishing little towns that were bypassed by the railroad soon disappeared. Although Nevada was long the population center of the county, Ames was the most known of the towns because of the busy railroad depot where travelers would transfer to their next train.
Story County has had five courthouses. The first, a two-level frame building, was erected in 1856. Fire destroyed it in 1863, it was replaced by a similar structure, replaced by a larger three-level building in 1877, situated on the town square; this building's tower served. The fourth courthouse was built in 1967 and placed in service on May 18, 1968; that building is still in use as offices for the Board of Supervisors, Treasurer, Assessor, Information Technology, Facilities Management and Planning & Development Offices. A cannon from the Civil War rests on the lawn; the current courthouse, the Story County Justice Center, opened in 2002. It houses the Justice Center, comprising the law enforcement and judicial aspects of Story County Government; the Story County Sheriff's Office and Clerk of Court are all housed in this building. Story County consists of 16 townships and 15 incorporated cities, 4 unincorporated towns; the population of 79,981 in the 2000 census consisted of 71,114 in urban areas and 8867 in rural areas.
According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 574 square miles, of which 573 square miles is land and 0.8 square miles is water. The geographical center of Iowa lies in Story County, 5 miles northeast of Ames. Hamilton County Hardin County Marshall County Jasper County Polk County Boone County I-35 I-35 Business Loop US 30 US 65 US 69 Iowa 210 Iowa 330 Iowa 930 Story County is home to the Ames Municipal Airport, on the south side of Ames; the nearest large airport is the Des Moines International Airport, on the south side of Des Moines, some 30 miles from Story County. Story County contains all controlled by the Union Pacific Railroad Company; the Overland Route runs east–west on its route from Chicago to California, passing near Ames and Nevada in Story County. The Spine Line runs north–south on its route from Minneapolis to Kansas City, passing near McCallsburg and Cambridge; the third line in Story County runs near Gilbert and Story City. The following Story County statistics were gathered by the 2010 U.
S. Census. Population Story County had a population of a 12 % increase from the 2000 Census. Of that number, 17.8% of those people are under the age of 18, 10% are over the age of 65, 95.1% of those people are high school graduates, 45.4% hold at least a bachelor's degree. Commuting time Story County workers age 16 and older spent an average of 16.6 minutes traveling to work between 2005 and 2009. Workforce data There were 45,010 individuals working in Story County and 81.5% of those people live in Story County. The remaining percentages break down as follows: 6.8% live in Boone County 4.2% live in Polk County 2.1% live in Hamilton County 1.2% live in Hardin County 1.1% live in Marshal County. There were 43,839 working individuals who lived in Story County and worked anywhere, 83.7% of those people worked in Story County. Household data According to the 2010 U. S. Census, the median household income in 2009 was $48,165, with an average of 2.41 people per household between 2005 and 2009. The per capita income in the past 12 months between 2005 and 2009 was $24,202.
As of the census of 2000, there were 79,981 people, 29,383 households, 17,042 families residing in the county. The population density was 140 people per square mile. There were 30,63
Cambridge is a city in Story County, United States. The population was 827 at the 2010 census, it is part of the Ames, Iowa Metropolitan Statistical Area, a part of the larger'Ames-Boone, Iowa Combined Statistical Area'. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.10 square miles, all of it land. As of the census of 2010, there were 827 people, 310 households, 221 families residing in the city; the population density was 751.8 inhabitants per square mile. There were 342 housing units at an average density of 310.9 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 97.1% White, 0.4% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.4% from other races, 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.9% of the population. There were 310 households of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.9% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, 28.7% were non-families.
21.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.18. The median age in the city was 34.9 years. 28.5% of residents were under the age of 18. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female. As of the census of 2000, there were 819 people, 314 households, 216 families residing in the city; the population density was 794.5 people per square mile. There were 328 housing units at an average density of 318.2 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 95.60% White, 0.73% African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.73% Asian, 0.61% from other races, 1.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.81% of the population. There were 314 households out of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.3% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 30.9% were non-families.
22.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.11. In the city, the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 33.2% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, 9.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.7 males. The median income for a household in the city was $42,059, the median income for a family was $49,375. Males had a median income of $31,638 versus $25,724 for females; the per capita income for the city was $18,524. About 6.9% of families and 8.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.9% of those under age 18 and 16.3% of those age 65 or over. Cambridge is served by the Ballard Community School District. City website City-Data Comprehensive statistical data and more about Cambridge