Does Iowa need courthouses in all 99 counties. (Des Moines Register, 4/7/2017)
But it pulled Karas away from her restaurant job to make the 35-minute trip east from her home in Indianola to the Marion County Courthouse. Warren County's Courthouse [built in 1939, a Public Works Administration project] has sat mostly empty for more than nine months, evacuated amid worries about mold, plumbing issues and other problems.
84 of 99 Iowa counties are losing population.
- 13 of them more than 50% (purple)
- 11 of them 40-49% (orange)
- 15 of them 30-39% (yellow)
And Warren County, part of the Des Moines-West Des Moines metropolitan statistical area, continues to gain population. Its population has more than doubled since 1960 -- from 20,829 to 48,626.
ISU analysis of census data shows that majority of Iowa communities are shrinking. (Iowa State University, 5/27/2014)