Fremont County shows largest population decline in the state. (The Valley News, 3/20/2016)
No Iowa county has seen a sharper decline than Fremont County, which has been battered by floods and a tornado since 2010. Even in 2015, the county lost a major employer as Eaton Corp., a manufacturing plant just west of Shenandoah, announced several hundred layoffs as it closed its doors.
But a declining population is nothing new in Fremont County, said Twila Larson, executive director of the Fremont County Economic Development Corp. She noted that the county has consistently lost population since peaking at more than 18,000 in 1900.