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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 Buena Vista County posted an increase of 558. The 2010 US Census results are posted below.

Buena Vista County Population 2010 – 20,260

Albert City Alta Lakeside Linn Grove Marathon
2008 – 690 2008 – 1,864 2008 – 509 2008 – 211 2008 – 293
2010 – 699 2010 – 1,883 2010 – 596 2010 – 154 2010 – 237
         
Newell Rembrandt Sioux Rapids Storm Lake Truesdale
2008 – 869 2008 – 223 2008 – 706 2008 – 9,591 2008 – 87
2010 – 876 2010 – 203 2010 – 775 2010 – 10,600 2010 – 81

Clay County Population 2010 – 16,667

Dickens Everly Fostoria Gillett Grove Greenville
2008 – 187 2008 – 636 2008 – 242 2008 – 46 2008 – 85
2010 – 185 2010 – 603 2010 – 231 2010 – 49 2010 – 75
         
Peterson Rossie Royal Spencer Webb
2008 – 342 2008 – 56 2008 – 424 2008 – 10,986 2008 – 151
2010 – 334 2010 – 70 2010 – 446 2010 – 11,233 2010 – 141

Dickinson County Population 2010 – 16,667

Arnolds Park Lake Park Milford Okoboji Spirit Lake
2008 – 1,249 2008 – 973 2008 – 2,472 2008 – 861 2008 – 4,692
2010 – 1,126 2010 – 1,105 2010 – 2,898 2010 – 807 2010 – 4,840
         
Superior Terril Wahpeton West Okoboji  
2008 – 126 2008 – 364 2008 – 438 2008 – 409  
2010 – 130 2010 – 367 2010 – 341 2010 – 289  

Emmet County Population 2010 – 10,302

Armstrong Dolliver Estherville
2008 – 917 2008 – 61 2008 – 6,291
2010 – 926 2010 – 66 2010 – 6,360
     
Gruver Ringsted Wallingford
2008 – 97 2008 – 418 2008 – 194
2010 – 94 2010 – 422 2010 – 197

 

Population

Population 2000 2010 2016 2021
65,064 63,732 64,309 65,331
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Population by Age

Population 2010 2016 2021
0-4 3,996 3,841 3,813
5-9 3,947 3,909 3,833
10-14 3,872 3,788 3,991
15-19 4,485 4,013 4,113
20-24 3,625 3,951 3,388
25-29 3,596 3,581 3,717
30-34 3,476 3,669 3,602
35-39 3,309 3,436 3,683
40-44 3,516 3,354 3,506
45-49 4,440 3,724 3,553
50-54 5,029 4,574 3,839
55-59 4,857 5,122 4,609
60-64 3,846 4,671 4,909
65-69 2,839 3,776 4,600
70-74 2,476 2,769 3,702
75-79 2,201 2,160 2,511
80-84 2,001 1,689 1,754
85+ 2,222 2,280 2,209
18+ 49,285 50,462 51,287
Median Age 42 43 44
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Population by Race

2016
Total 64,309
White Alone 88.684
Black Alone 1.281
American Indian Alone 0.361
Asian Alone 3.166
Pacific Islander Alone 0.252
Some Other Race 4.528
Two or More Races 1.728
Hispanic Origin 11.361
Diversity Index 37.100
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Households

Population 2000 2010 2016 2021
Households 26,244 26,527 26,976 27,493
Housing Units 32,124 33,791 34,825 35,603
Owner Occupied Units 19,483 19,859
Renter Occupied Units 7,493 7,634
Vacant Units 7,849 8,110
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Income

2016 2021
Median Household $50,500 $56,830
Average Household $63,534 $72,238
Per Capita $26,868 $30,618
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Household Income Base

2016
<$15,000 2,912
$15,000 - $24,999 3,108
$25,000 - $34,999 3,061
$35,000 - $49,999 4,223
$50,000 - $74,999 5,804
$75,000 - $99,999 3,641
$100,000 - $149,999 2,804
$150,000 - $199,999 752
$200,000+ 671
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Growth Rate

2010 - 2014 2014 - 2019
Population 0% 0%
Households 0% 0%
Families 0% 0%
Median Household Income 2%
Per Capita Income 3%
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

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 – $42,969
Clay – $43,576
Dickinson – $47,497
Emmet – $40,540

Buena Vista County   Clay County   Dickinson County   Emmet County  
Albert City $43,922 Dickens $48,242 Arnolds Park $37,449 Armstrong $51,085
Alta $39,915 Fostoria $27,421 Lake Park $44,160 Dolliver $49,492
Lakeside $50,096 Everly $39,198 Milford $40,437 Estherville $40,268
Linn Grove $41,243 Gillett Grove $43,587 Okoboji $44,056 Gruver $20,622
Marathon $22,635 Greenville $29,370 Spirit Lake $41,160 Ringsted $44,524
Newell $41,600 Peterson $45,131 Superior $49,367 Wallingford $40,201
Sioux Rapids $38,588 Rossie $52,908 Terril $36,383    
Storm Lake $39,503 Royal $30,709 Wahpeton $55,574    
Truesdale $27,495 Spencer $42,980 West Okoboji $61,709    
    Webb $48,742        

Source:  City-data.com


 

 

Home Value

2016 2021
Median Home Value $127,060 $150,267
Average Home Value $178,286 $197,803
<$50,000 2,042 1,238
$50,000 - $99,999 5,125 3,686
$100,000 - $149,999 4,757 4,985
$150,000 - $199,999 2,718 3,842
$200,000 - $249,999 1,541 2,186
$250,000 - $299,999 883 1,179
$300,000 - $399,999 965 1,142
$400,000 - $499,999 489 507
$500,000 - $749,999 492 626
$750,000 - $999,999 202 253
$1,000,000 + 269 215
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Housing Year Built

Year Range Houses Built
2010 or Later 171
2000-2009 3,117
1990-1999 3,462
1980-1989 2,337
1970-1979 5,329
1960-1969 3,837
1950-1959 4,113
1940-1949 2,664
1939 or Before 8,806
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Commute

Category Commuters
Workers 16+ 32,686
In-County Residents 27,120
Out-of-County Residents 4,633
Drive Alone 24,500
Carpooled 3,992
Public Transport 120
Work at Home 2,169
Less than 5 minutes 3,636
5-9 minutes 8,548
10-14 minutes 6,782
15-19 minutes 3,783
20-24 minutes 2,340
25-29 minutes 1,118
30-34 minutes 1,961
35-39 minutes 420
40-44 minutes 387
45-59 minutes 636
60-89 minutes 450
90+ minutes 455
Average Travel Time 4
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

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 Clay County Dickinson County Emmet County
Albert City
School [11.66488]
City [14.49379]
County [7.31283]
Combined Levy [33.4715]
Dickens
School [10.52348]
City [8.10000]
County [6.42130]
State [.00300]
Area School [0.77796]
Combined Levy [25.82574]
Arnolds Park
School [8.34310]
City [5.50158]
County [3.75752]
Area School [0.78134]
Township [0.06335]
Combined Levy [20.93839]
Armstrong
School [16.85254]
City [11.02357]
Fire  [0.58500]
County [9.13296]
Combined Levy [37.59407]
Alta
School [14.06030]
City [7.46720]
County [7.31283]
Combined Levy [28.84033]
Everly
School [12.51670]
City [11.78739]
County [6.42130]
State [.00300]
Area School [0.77796]
Combined Levy [31.50635]
Lake Park
School [12.56601]
City [14.96425]
County [3.75752]
Area School [0.78134]
Township [0.21624]
Combined Levy [32.28536]
Dolliver
School [18.99813]
City [8.10000]
County [9.13296]
Combined Levy [36.23109]
Lakeside
School [17.28643]
City [7.00003]
County [7.31283]
Combined Levy [31.59929]
 
Fostoria
Okoboji School District
School [8.23794]
City [8.91918]
County [6.42130]
Area School [0.77796]
State [.00300]
Combined Levy [24.35938]
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]
Estherville
School [18.99813]
City [16.50000]
County [9.13296]
Combined Levy [44.63109]
 
Linn Grove
School [14.64981]
City [13.46122]
County [7.31283]
Combined Levy [35.42386]
 
Fostoria
Spencer School District
School [14.59187]
City [8.91918]
County [6.42130]
Area School [0.77796] State [.00300]
Combined Levy [30.71331]
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]
Gruver
School [18.99813]
City [8.10000]
County [9.13296]
Combined Levy [36.23109]
 
Marathon
School [15.79707]
City [14.60003]
County [7.31283]
Combined Levy [37.70993]
Gillett Grove
School [10.52348]
City [13.90460]
County [6.42130]
State [.00300]
Area School [0.77796]
Combined Levy [31.63034]
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]
Ringsted
School [16.85254]
City [23.21007]
Fire [0.60750]
County [9.13296]
Combined Levy [49.80307]
 
Newell
School [11.95572]
City [12.96925]
County [7.31283]
Combined Levy [32.2378]
Greenville
School [12.51670]
City [7.82384]
County [6.42130]
Area School [0.77796]
State [.00300]
Combined Levy [27.5428]
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]
Wallingford
School [18.99813]
City [8.10000]
County [9.13296]
Combined Levy [36.23109]
 
Rembrandt
School [14.64981]
City [10.59163]
County [7.31283]
Combined Levy [32.55427]
Peterson
School [14.64981]
City [17.37374]
County [6.42130]
Area School [0.77796]
State [.00300]
Combined Levy [39.22581]
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]
 
Sioux Rapids
School [14.67981]
City [15.20117]
County [7.31283]
Combined Levy [37.19381]
Rossie
School [12.51670]
City [5.13498]
County [6.42130]
Area School [0.77796]
State [.00300]
Combined Levy [24.85394]
Superior
Estherville School District
School [18.99813]
City [7.99880]
County [3.75752]
Area School [0.78134]
Township [0.09619]
Combined Levy [31.63198]
 
Storm Lake
School [17.28643]
City [13.09414]
County [7.31283]
Combined Levy [37.6934]
Royal
School [12.51670]
City [11.55087]
County [6.42130]
State [.00300]
Area School [0.77796]
Combined Levy [31.26983]
Terril
School [11.38101]
City [12.36896]
County [3.75752]
Area School [0.78134]
Township [0.30486]
Combined Levy [28.59369]
 
Truesdale
School [11.66488]
City [12.17972]
County [7.31283]
Combined Levy [31.15743]
Spencer
School [14.59187]
City [11.71943]
County [6.42130]
Area School [0.77796]
State [.00300]
Combined Levy [33.51356]
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]
 
  Webb
School [10.52348]
City [11.19572]
County [6.42130]
Area School [0.77796]
State [.00300]
Combined Levy [28.92146]
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]
 

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 2,797
Graduated High School 13,121
Associates Degree 5,569
Bachelor's Degree 6,801
Graduate Degree 2,683
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

Education Expenses

Category Amount
College Tuition $28,222,412
College School Books/Supplies $1,741,168
Voc/Tech School Books/Supplies $36,780
Source: ESRI, 2017-03-02

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