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Wapello County is located in southeastern Iowa. The County Seat is Ottumwa and the largest city is Ottumwa. The Official Web Site is located at http://wapellocounty.org/. The 2014 population estimate is 35,212 and the 2010 census population was 35,625. The land area is 431.83 square miles and there are 82.5 persons per square mile.
94.7% of the population is White, 2% is Black or African American, 9.9% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.9% is Asian, 0.8% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.2% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.3% is two or more races. 84.6% have a high school degree or higher, and 16.2% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $78,800, there are 14,534 households, an average of 2.38 persons per household. The per capita income is $22,699, the median household income is $41,425, and 19.1% of the persons in Wapello County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 2,850. Retail sales (in $1000) were $500,711, and sales per capita were $14,167. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 19.1%.
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