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The Iowa Lakes Corridor region covers 1,920 square miles and has a population density of 33.3 per mile. According to the US Census Bureau, the total population of the region in 2010 was 63,896. From 2000 to 2010, the region decreased by 1,338, a decrease of 1.05 percent. Three of the four counties lost population while Dickinson County posted an increase of 243. The 2010 US Census results are posted below.

Buena Vista County Population 2016 – 20,332

Albert City Alta Lakeside Linn Grove Marathon
2010 – 699 2010 – 1,883 2010 – 596 2010 – 154 2010 – 237
2016 – 685 2016 – 1,933 2016 – 700 2016 – 154  2016 – 239
         
Newell Rembrandt Sioux Rapids Storm Lake Truesdale
2010 – 876 2010 – 203 2010 – 775 2010 – 10,600 2010 – 81
2016 – 867 2016 – 204 2016 – 775 2016 – 10,600 2016 – 81

Clay County Population 2016 – 16, 333

Dickens Everly Fostoria Gillett Grove Greenville
2010 – 185 2010 – 603 2010 – 231 2010 – 49 2010 – 75
2016 – 179 2016 – 571 2016 – 235 2016 – 49 2016 – 72
         
Peterson Rossie Royal Spencer Webb
2010 – 334 2010 – 70 2010 – 446 2010 – 11,233 2010 – 141
2016 – 310 2016 – 70 2016 – 417 2016 – 11,138 2016 – 136

Dickinson County Population 2016 – 17,243

Arnolds Park Lake Park Milford Okoboji Spirit Lake
2010 – 1,126 2010 – 1,105 2010 – 2,898 2010 – 807 2010 – 4,840
2016 – 1,256 2016 – 1,138 2016 – 3,055 2016 – 830 2016 – 5,086
         
Superior Terril Wahpeton West Okoboji  
2010 – 130 2010 – 367 2010 – 341 2010 – 289  
2016 – 128 2016 – 362 2016 – 353 2016 – 295  

Emmet County Population 2016 – 10,302

Armstrong Dolliver Estherville
2010 – 926 2010 – 66 2010 – 6,360
2016 – 885 2016 – 63 2016 – 5,942
     
Gruver Ringsted Wallingford
2010 – 94 2010 – 422 2010 – 197
2016 – 90 2016 – 383 2016 – 186

 

Population

Population 2000 2010 2017 2022
65,064 63,732 65,362 66,415
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Population by Age

Population 2010 2017 2022
0-4 3,996 3,806 3,778
5-9 3,947 3,835 3,883
10-14 3,872 3,824 4,115
15-19 4,485 4,080 4,218
20-24 3,625 3,895 3,432
25-29 3,596 3,712 3,348
30-34 3,476 3,686 3,783
35-39 3,309 3,622 3,802
40-44 3,516 3,374 3,752
45-49 4,440 3,702 3,494
50-54 5,029 4,368 3,842
55-59 4,857 4,994 4,413
60-64 3,846 4,820 4,960
65-69 2,839 4,132 4,724
70-74 2,476 3,116 3,917
75-79 2,201 2,264 2,763
80-84 2,001 1,740 1,880
85+ 2,222 2,393 2,311
18+ 49,285 51,562 52,180
Median Age 42 43 44
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Population by Race

2017
Total 65,362
White Alone 88.430
Black Alone 1.320
American Indian Alone 0.370
Asian Alone 3.310
Pacific Islander Alone 0.530
Some Other Race 4.330
Two or More Races 1.710
Hispanic Origin 10.980
Diversity Index 37.000
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Households

Population 2000 2010 2017 2022
Households 26,244 26,527 27,205 27,658
Housing Units 32,124 33,791 35,117 35,965
Owner Occupied Units 19,739 20,070
Renter Occupied Units 7,466 7,589
Vacant Units 7,912 8,307
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Income

2017 2022
Median Household $51,395 $56,327
Average Household $66,199 $74,388
Per Capita $27,955 $31,374
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Household Income Base

2017
<$15,000 3,069
$15,000 - $24,999 2,984
$25,000 - $34,999 2,983
$35,000 - $49,999 4,118
$50,000 - $74,999 5,338
$75,000 - $99,999 3,935
$100,000 - $149,999 3,252
$150,000 - $199,999 805
$200,000+ 721
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Growth Rate

2010 - 2014 2014 - 2019
Population 0% 0%
Households 0% 0%
Families 0% 0%
Median Household Income 2%
Per Capita Income 2%
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Iowa Lakes Corridor Quality Life

Average Household Income

Average household income for each community in the region is listed below. The average household income for each county is:

Buena Vista – $46,951
Clay – $49,035
Dickinson – $56,136
Emmet – $48,601

Buena Vista County   Clay County   Dickinson County   Emmet County  
Albert City $45,417 Dickens   Arnolds Park $46,211 Armstrong $43,238
Alta $52,234 Fostoria $65,194 Lake Park   Dolliver  
Lakeside $72,688 Everly $58,301 Milford $48,490 Estherville $44,003
Linn Grove   Gillett Grove   Okoboji $61,522 Gruver  
Marathon $39,457 Greenville   Spirit Lake $58,760 Ringsted $36,934
Newell $55,402 Peterson $41,045 Superior   Wallingford  
Sioux Rapids $46,898 Rossie   Terril $42,518    
Storm Lake $44,554 Royal $49,604 Wahpeton $70,541    
Truesdale   Spencer $46,959 West Okoboji $55,770    
    Webb          

Source:  City-data.com


 

Home Value

2017 2022
Median Home Value $127,966 $141,980
Average Home Value $182,494 $213,634
<$50,000 2,308 1,790
$50,000 - $99,999 5,374 4,761
$100,000 - $149,999 3,911 4,149
$150,000 - $199,999 2,733 2,980
$200,000 - $249,999 1,570 1,676
$250,000 - $299,999 941 974
$300,000 - $399,999 1,212 1,217
$400,000 - $499,999 580 631
$500,000 - $749,999 657 1,118
$750,000 - $999,999 266 465
$1,000,000 + 187 308
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Housing Year Built

Year Range Houses Built
2010 or Later 502
2000-2009 3,441
1990-1999 3,412
1980-1989 2,143
1970-1979 5,583
1960-1969 3,890
1950-1959 3,922
1940-1949 2,706
1939 or Before 8,450
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Commute

Category Commuters
Workers 16+ 32,423
In-County Residents 26,431
Out-of-County Residents 4,957
Drive Alone 24,628
Carpooled 3,927
Public Transport 98
Work at Home 1,917
Less than 5 minutes 3,408
5-9 minutes 8,562
10-14 minutes 6,305
15-19 minutes 3,742
20-24 minutes 2,585
25-29 minutes 1,278
30-34 minutes 2,219
35-39 minutes 431
40-44 minutes 373
45-59 minutes 831
60-89 minutes 440
90+ minutes 332
Average Travel Time 0
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Iowa Lakes Corridor Govt Taxation

Property taxes and sales tax provide financial resources to our local governments and school districts to fund infrastructure, public safety, parks and recreation and public education that contribute to the high quality of life in the Iowa Lakes Corridor region. The Iowa sales tax rate is 6% and all communities in the Corridor have a 1% local option sales tax – 7% total. Communities utilize the local option sales tax to keep property taxes low and to help fund amenities and special projects.

Property tax rates vary from county to county, community to community and school district to school district. Property taxes on commercial property are based on 100% market value; residential values are rolled-back each year and are actually levied on less than 50% of the assessed value of the property. The levy rates for each community are provided below and are calculated per $1,000 of assessed value. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact us at the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation.

Buena Vista County

Albert City
School [11.66488]
City [14.49379]
County [7.31283]
Combined Levy [33.4715]

Alta
School [14.06030]
City [7.46720]
County [7.31283]
Combined Levy [28.84033]

Lakeside
School [17.28643]
City [7.00003]
County [7.31283]
Combined Levy [31.59929]

Linn Grove
School [14.64981]
City [13.46122]
County [7.31283]
Combined Levy [35.42386]

Marathon
School [15.79707]
City [14.60003]
County [7.31283]
Combined Levy [37.70993]

Newell
School [11.95572]
City [12.96925]
County [7.31283]
Combined Levy [32.2378]

Rembrandt
School [14.64981]
City [10.59163]
County [7.31283]
Combined Levy [32.55427]

Sioux Rapids
School [14.67981]
City [15.20117]
County [7.31283]
Combined Levy [37.19381]

Storm Lake
School [17.28643]
City [13.09414]
County [7.31283]
Combined Levy [37.6934]

Truesdale
School [11.66488]
City [12.17972]
County [7.31283]
Combined Levy [31.15743]


Clay County

Dickens
School [10.52348]
City [8.10000]
County [6.42130]
State [.00300]
Area School [0.77796]
Combined Levy [25.82574]

Everly
School [12.51670]
City [11.78739]
County [6.42130]
State [.00300]
Area School [0.77796]
Combined Levy [31.50635]

Fostoria
Okoboji School District
School [8.23794]
City [8.91918]
County [6.42130]
Area School [0.77796]
State [.00300]
Combined Levy [24.35938]

Fostoria
Spencer School District
School [14.59187]
City [8.91918]
County [6.42130]
Area School [0.77796] State [.00300]
Combined Levy [30.71331]

Gillett Grove
School [10.52348]
City [13.90460]
County [6.42130]
State [.00300]
Area School [0.77796]
Combined Levy [31.63034]

Greenville
School [12.51670]
City [7.82384]
County [6.42130]
Area School [0.77796]
State [.00300]
Combined Levy [27.5428]

Peterson
School [14.64981]
City [17.37374]
County [6.42130]
Area School [0.77796]
State [.00300]
Combined Levy [39.22581]

Rossie
School [12.51670]
City [5.13498]
County [6.42130]
Area School [0.77796]
State [.00300]
Combined Levy [24.85394]

Royal
School [12.51670]
City [11.55087]
County [6.42130]
State [.00300]
Area School [0.77796]
Combined Levy [31.26983]

Spencer
School [14.59187]
City [11.71943]
County [6.42130]
Area School [0.77796]
State [.00300]
Combined Levy [33.51356]

Webb
School [10.52348]
City [11.19572]
County [6.42130]
Area School [0.77796]
State [.00300]
Combined Levy [28.92146]


Dickinson County

Arnolds Park
School [8.34310]
City [5.50158]
County [3.75752]
Area School [0.78134]
Township [0.06335]
Combined Levy [20.93839]

Lake Park
School [12.56601]
City [14.96425]
County [3.75752]
Area School [0.78134]
Township [0.21624]
Combined Levy [32.28536]

Milford
School [8.34310]
City [11.72506]
County [3.75752]
Area School [0.78134]
Township [0.03918]
Sanitary Sewer [2.49150]
Combined Levy [27.13770]

Okoboji
Okoboji School District
School [8.34310]
City [3.99990]
County [3.75752]
Area School [0.78134]
Township [0.06335]
Sanitary Sewer [2.49150]
Combined Levy [19.43671]

Okoboji
Spirit Lake School District
School [10.01646]
City [3.99990]
County [3.75752]
Area School [0.78134]
Township [0.06335]
Sanitary Sewer [2.49150]
Combined Levy [21.11007]

Spirit Lake
School [10.01646]
City [10.54400]
County [3.75752]
Area School [0.78134]
Township [0.06335]
Sanitary [2.49150]
Combined Levy [27.65417]

Superior
Spirit Lake School District
School [10.01646]
City [7.99880]
County [3.75752]
Area School [0.78134]
Township [0.09619]
Combined Levy [22.65031]

Superior
Estherville School District
School [18.99813]
City [7.99880]
County [3.75752]
Area School [0.78134]
Township [0.09619]
Combined Levy [31.63198]

Terril
School [11.38101]
City [12.36896]
County [3.75752]
Area School [0.78134]
Township [0.30486]
Combined Levy [28.59369]

Wahpeton
School [8.34310]
City [2.50000]
County [3.75752]
Area School [0.78134]
Township [0.00000]
Sanitary Sewer [2.49150]
Combined Levy [17.87346]

West Okoboji
School [8.34310]
City [2.00531]
County [3.75752]
Area School [0.78134]
Township [0.00000]
Sanitary [2.49150]
Combined Levy [17.37877]


Emmet County

Armstrong
School [16.85254]
City [11.02357]
Fire  [0.58500]
County [9.13296]
Combined Levy [37.59407]

Dolliver
School [18.99813]
City [8.10000]
County [9.13296]
Combined Levy [36.23109]

Estherville
School [18.99813]
City [16.50000]
County [9.13296]
Combined Levy [44.63109]

Gruver
School [18.99813]
City [8.10000]
County [9.13296]
Combined Levy [36.23109]

Ringsted
School [16.85254]
City [23.21007]
Fire [0.60750]
County [9.13296]
Combined Levy [49.80307]

Wallingford
School [18.99813]
City [8.10000]
County [9.13296]
Combined Levy [36.23109]

Iowa Lakes Corridor Higher Education

Buena Vista University

Higher EducationBuena Vista University is a unique and welcoming campus in picturesque lakeside surroundings.

The 60-acre campus is situated on the shores of beautiful Storm Lake, a 3,200-acre natural lake. The northwest Iowa city of Storm Lake is an attractive, professional community of approximately 10,000 people. The University is dedicated to providing the best educational facilities in the region, the most recent being the $26 million Estelle Siebens Science Center, which opened in 2004.

Buena Vista University is a nationally recognized leader in innovation. In 2000, the eBVyou program made BVU the first truly “wireless community” in the nation. Buena Vista University provides students with their own notebook computers and wireless Internet access, allowing them to go online anytime, from anywhere on campus. This not only puts a world of information at their fingertips, but also enhances their learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom, giving them the skills they need to compete in today’s global economy. Buena Vista University is:

  • Ranked one of the top 20 Midwestern Comprehensive Colleges in U.S. News & World Report
  • Named one of the nation’s leading schools encouraging student leadership in The Templeton Guide: Colleges that Encourage Character Development
  • Ranked tenth in the nation on the Yahoo Internet Life list of America’s Most Wired Small Campuses

For more information about Buena Vista University visit www.bvu.edu

Iowa Lakes Community College

Located in the picturesque Iowa Great Lakes Region, Iowa Lakes offers several locations throughout a five-county service area: Algona, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Spencer and Spirit Lake. Classes are offered either full time or part time; days, evenings or weekends; via television, fiber optics or with a professor in the classroom; and via the Internet with online courses. College transfer, career option, technical or vocational courses, one class at a time, or continuing education classes are possible.

One of Iowa’s premier community colleges, the faculty and staff at Iowa Lakes recognize learning is lifelong. Continuing education is an emphasis of the college. General interest courses are available to adults and older learners. Customized training is specifically designed for area businesses and industry. Training can be provided at the business or at Iowa Lakes – all on a schedule convenient to the business and employees.

Iowa Lakes is also the primary regional supplier of re-licensure courses, Adult Basic Education, high school completion (GED), high school diploma credit courses, the displaced homemaker/single parent program, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and short term vocational training.

Iowa Lakes is accredited by the Iowa Department of Education, the Veterans Administration, as well as the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

For more information about Iowa Lakes Community College, visit www.iowalakes.edu

Iowa Central Community College

It is the philosophy of Iowa Central Community College, as a comprehensive community college, to aid in developing our citizens’ capabilities to the maximum. Iowa Central provides a flexible program to satisfy the needs of the individual and the needs of the community. An educational environment is planned to provide experiences for those who desire pre-professional courses, improvement of educational or technical skills, or developmental programs for self-enrichment. This environment can be on campus or on-site. In concert with this mission, Iowa Central offers:

  • College transfer courses
  • Career and technical training
  • General education
  • Recreation and personal enrichment programs
  • Economic development, community service activities for people with diverse interests, needs, backgrounds and skills
  • Adult basic education

Iowa Central Community College was organized in 1966 with a broad mandate to offer a vast array of educational opportunities to the residents of its nine-county area. Iowa Central was built on the firm foundation of three area junior colleges which had been operating since the 1920s by the local public school systems.

They were Fort Dodge, organized in 1921; Webster City, 1926; and Eagle Grove, 1928. Iowa Central came into being as a result of the Area School Act passed by Iowa’s 61st General Assembly. The legislation authorized two or more county school systems to merge to form an area community college. Nine counties combined to create Iowa Central: Buena Vista, Calhoun, Greene, Hamilton, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Sac, Webster and Wright. The resulting Merged Area V has some 28,000 students in 31 public school districts. In 1971, a fourth center was added with the completion of a new building in Storm Lake. The Storm Lake Center originally was established to serve 12 public and private school systems in Buena Vista County as a secondary career education center. In the ensuing years, the Storm Lake Center has been expanded so that now it offers the full range of community college programs.

In 1975, Iowa Central joined with Buena Vista College in Storm Lake in a cooperative venture whereby students can earn a bachelor’s degree attending evening classes. The students’ first two years are completed at Iowa Central and the final two years at Buena Vista at the Fort Dodge Center.

Iowa Central Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

For more information about Iowa Central Community College, visit www.iccc.cc.ia.us

Educational Attainment (25+)

Educational Level Attained Number
Some High School 2,683
Graduated High School 13,341
Associates Degree 5,775
Bachelor's Degree 6,777
Graduate Degree 2,862
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Education Expenses

Category Amount
College Tuition $25,645,095
College School Books/Supplies $1,181,750
Voc/Tech School Books/Supplies $24,475
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

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