Lucas County is located in south-central Iowa. The County Seat is Chariton and the largest city is Chariton. The Official Web Site is located at http://lucascountyiowa.com/. The 2014 population estimate is 8,701 and the 2010 census population was 8,898. The land area is 430.59 square miles and there are 20.7 persons per square mile.
98.5% of the population is White, 0.2% is Black or African American, 1.3% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.3% is Asian, 0.2% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 0.7% is two or more races. 89.9% have a high school degree or higher, and 11.3% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $82,700, there are 3,734 households, an average of 2.32 persons per household. The per capita income is $21,126, the median household income is $43,288, and 17% of the persons in Lucas County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 788. Retail sales (in $1000) were $84,344, and sales per capita were $8,919.
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