Get to know Appanoose County, Iowa
Monday, December 07, 2015
Appanoose County is a roughly square county covering 497.29 square miles of land in south-central Iowa, with its southern border running along the state of Missouri. The county’s estimated population in 2014 was 12,661, with a density of 25.9 people per square mile. Cities in the county include Centerville, Cincinnati, Exline, Moravia, Moulton, Mystic, Numa, Plano, Rathbun, Udell, and Unionville.
Appanoose takes its name from a chief of the Sac and Fox Indian tribes and it translates as “a chief when a child.” The county was first established in 1843, with the Iowa Territorial Legislature originating it January 13, 1846.
Coal mining was a primary industry in the county in the early part of the Twentieth Century. Today’s economic activity in the county is more diverse, encompassing agriculture, manufacturing, health care, tourism, and retail.
Appanoose County is a member of the Appanoose Economic Development Corporation at the level of Economic Patron.
To learn more about Appanoose County, visit its website at http://www.appanoosecounty.net/ and check out its census data at http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/19/19007.html.