Clay County is located in northwest Iowa. The County Seat is Spencer and the largest city is Spencer. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.co.clay.ia.us/. The 2014 population estimate is 16,515 and the 2010 census population was 16,667. The land area is 567.24 square miles and there are 29.4 persons per square mile.
97.5% of the population is White, 0.6% is Black or African American, 3% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.6% is Asian, 0.2% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1% is two or more races. 93.1% have a high school degree or higher, and 18.4% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $105,400, there are 7,148 households, an average of 2.28 persons per household. The per capita income is $29,060, the median household income is $49,035, and 8.9% of the persons in Clay County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 2,262. Retail sales (in $1000) were $298,664, and sales per capita were $17,960. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 24.3%.
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