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Iowa Lakes Corridor Demographics

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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 Workforce Occupations

The Iowa Lakes Corridor region is home to a very dynamic and diverse collection of industries, skills, abilities and work experiences. 2015 data collected by Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) or residents reveal the following about the region’s workforce:

  • 77.1% employed
    • 19.8% willing to change employment for the right opportunity
    • 3.3% underemployed
  • 6.3% unemployed
    • 59.4% willing/able to re-enter the workforce
  • 5.7% homemakers
    •  29% willing to re-enter the workforce
  • 10.9% retired
    • 21% willing to re-enter the workforce

More than two-thirds of the residents have some education/training beyond high school; 15.0% have an associate degree; 2.5% have completed vocational training; 5.5% are trade certified; 29 % have an undergraduate degree; and 2.5% have a postgraduate/professional degree. Commuting data indicates those residents willing to change or accept new employment in the region are willing to commute an average of 20 miles one way.

For a complete copy of the 2015 Laborshed analysis, contact us. 2015 Laborshed Study. Fringe Benefits are a key factor in a resident’s decision to change or accept new employment opportunities. 

For detailed information about an industry cluster or community in the region, please contact us. We will work with you and Iowa Workforce Development to provide the information needed to help in your business decisions.

Employees By NAICS

Category Number
Total Employees 38,569
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt 460
Mining 5
Utilities 240
Construction 1,698
Manufacturing 6,300
Wholesale Trade 2,182
   
Retail Trade 5,016
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers 932
Furn & Home Furnish Str 108
Electronics & Appl Store 111
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip 445
Food & Beverage Stores 1,041
Health/Pers Care Stores 237
Gasoline Stations 146
Clothing/Accessory Store 305
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music 197
General Merchandise Str 1,074
Misc Store Retailers 384
Nonstore Retailers 36
   
Transportation/Warehouse 1,026
Information 734
   
Finance & Insurance 1,192
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn 808
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv 97
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other 287
   
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing 489
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv 1,217
Legal Services 188
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises 294
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt 749
Educational Services 2,938
HealthCare/Social Assist 5,606
Arts/Entertainment/Rec 761
   
Accommodation/Food Srvcs 4,061
Accommodation 1,473
Food Srv/Drinking Places 2,588
   
Other Srv excl Pub Admin 1,845
Auto Repair/Maintenance 203
Public Administration Emp 1,742
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Iowa Lakes Corridor Wages

The following table is based on research conducted in 2015 for the regional Laborshed Study. Education levels and median salary and wave levels for employees by their industry, are provided. 

Industry Education Median Wage
  Some Level Beyond High School Associate Degree Undergraduate Degree Postgraduate Degree Salary Wages (per year) Non-Salary Wages (per year)
Agriculture, Forestry & Mining 60.9% 6.3% 28.1% 1.6% $60,000 $12.25
Construction 58.8% 5.9% 23.5% 2.9% $50,000 $18.13
Manufacturing 51.9% 7.4% 17.0% 2.2% $62,000 $15.00
Transportation, Communication & Utilities 80.0% 15.6% 28.9% 6.7% $55,000 $19.31
Wholesale & Retail Trade 64.3% 16.9% 15.0% 3.1% $45,000 $10.40
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate 75.4% 9.8% 31.1% 1.6% $50,000 $13.80
Health Care & Social Services 85.8% 25.2% 20.2% 10.1% $50,500 $16.70
Personal Services 73.9% 13.0% 17.4% 10.9% $43,000 $10.38
Entertainment & Recreation * * * * $    * *
Professional Services 71.8% 17.9% 28.2% 2.6% $37,500 $15.00
Public Administration & Government 71.8% 7.0% 36.6% 5.6% $55,000 $20.50
Education 90.1% 9.9% 36.2% 30.5% $54,000 $12.10

* Insufficient survey data/refused

Fringe Benefit Profile

A Regional Fringe Benefit Profile was completed for the Iowa Lakes Corridor region by Iowa Workforce Development in 2011. 485 businesses in the region were sent the survey, and 52% of them, 252, provided responses.

Highlights from this study include:

63.5% of employers in the Iowa Lakes Corridor offer a fringe benefit package in addition to wage compensation

8.4% of employers offering a benefits package are union negotiated

The average hours worked to be considered full-time is 38 per week

  • 91.8% of businesses surveyed employ at least one full-time employee
  • 62.3% of businesses surveyed employ at least one part-time employee
  • 22.5% of businesses surveyed employ at least one temporary/seasonal employees

Percent of Employers Offering Health/Medical Insurance by Industry

Industry Percent offering
Agriculture 60%
Waste Management 55.6%
Construction 55.6%
Education 85.7%
Finance/Insurance 63.6%
Food Service 23.1%
Government 100%
Health Care/Social Assistance 70.6%
Manufacturing 83.3%
Warehouse/Transportation 69.2%
Wholesale/Retail Trade 66.7%
Information Services 80%

Percent of Employers Offering Insurance Options

  • Medical – 50.4%
  • Prescription Drugs – 44.3%
  • Dental Coverage – 22.1%
  • Vision Insurance – 16%

For Accidental Death and Dismemberment for full-time employees, coverage is determined by one of three methods:

  • 12.3% total annual salary
  • 21.4% percent/specified number of annual salary
  • 43.9% flat rate

For Life Insurance for full-time employees, coverage is determined by one of three methods:

  • 8% total annual salary
  • 17% percent/specified number of annual salary
  • 50% flat rate
  • 38.6% offer additional life insurance that employees may purchase beyond coverage employer provides

For Short-Term Disability for full-time employees, 52.8% of employers have a waiting period prior to employees being able to utilize short-term disability.

For Long-Term Disability for full-time employees, 71.1% of employers use a percent of salary to determine coverage. Average percent used to calculate the benefit is 62% of salary.

Percent of Employers Offering Insurance by Employment Numbers (All Industries)

Employment Range Percent Offering
1-24 employees 56.9%
25-49 employees 93.3%
50-99 employees 91.7%
100-249 employees 100%
250+ employees 61.1%

In industry cluster results, 100% of employers that responded to the survey in both advanced manufacturing and biosciences said they offer a benefit package.

Click here to download the 2011 Fringe Benefit Profile. ( 1.2 MB )

Iowa Lakes Corridor Workforce Establishments

Businesses By NAICS

Category Number
Total Businesses 3,533
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt Bus 129
Mining Bus 1
Utilities Bus 14
Construction Bus 260
Manufacturing Bus 128
Wholesale Trade Bus 158
   
Retail Trade Bus 519
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers Bus 96
Furn & Home Furnish Str Bus 21
Electronics & Appl Store Bus 23
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip Bus 51
Food & Beverage Stores Bus 65
Health/Pers Care Stores Bus 44
Gasoline Stations Bus 24
Clothing/Accessory Store Bus 56
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music Bus 36
General Merchandise Str Bus 15
Misc Store Retailers Bus 78
Nonstore Retailers Bus 10
   
Transportation/Warehouse Bus 143
Information Bus 88
   
Finance & Insurance Bus 199
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn Bus 67
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv Bus 38
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other Bus 94
   
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing Bus 133
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv Bus 179
Legal Services Bus 48
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises Bus 13
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt Bus 100
Educational Services Bus 82
HealthCare/Social Assist Bus 278
Arts/Entertainment/Rec Bus 70
   
Accommodation/Food Srvcs Bus 251
Accommodation Bus 70
Food Srv/Drinking Places Bus 182
   
Other Srv excl Pub Admin Bus 453
Auto Repair/Maintenance Bus 59
Public Administration Bus 262
Source: ESRI, 2018-06-22

Iowa Lakes Corridor Leading Employers

Major Employers

The Iowa Lakes Corridor region is home to a diverse and dynamic group of employers. In total, there are more than 2,300 business establishments within the four-county region. Employers with more than 50 employees are listed below. The top employers in the region as of 2013 can be found here.

Value-Added Agriculture Product/Service Location
Dakota Pack Pork processing Estherville – Emmet County
Daybreak Foods Egg-breaking facility Estherville – Emmet County
Estherville Foods Egg products Estherville – Emmet County
Rembrandt Enterprises Egg-laying and egg products Rembrandt – Buena Vista County
Tyson Turkey and pork processing Storm Lake – Buena Vista County
Manufacturing Product/Service Location
Art’s Way Manufacturing Agricultural equipment Armstrong – Emmet County
Brown Medical Industries Orthopedic appliances; medical & hospital equipment Spirit Lake – Dickinson County
Simonsen Iron Works ATV accessories Spencer – Clay County
DFS, Inc. Animal Feed Products Newell – Buena Vista County
Eaton Corporation Hydraulic systems Spencer – Clay County
GKN Wheel Wheels for ag and construction equipment Armstrong & Estherville – Emmet County
Maurer Manufacturing Grain and misc. trailers Spencer – Clay County
Merrill Manufacturing Valves and pipe fittings Storm Lake – Buena Vista County
Metal Works, Inc. Cupolas and ridge vents Spencer – Clay County
Morton Buildings Metal buildings Spencer – Clay County
Nolin Milling Grain handling equipment Dickens – Clay County
Northern Iowa Die Casting Aluminum die casting; die casting products Lake Park – Dickinson County
Polaris Industries Victory & Indian motorcycles and ATVs Spirit Lake – Dickinson County
Pure Fishing World headquarters; fishing bait, tackle, rod & reels Spirit Lake – Dickinson County
RANCO Fertiservice Fertilizer blenders, augers, conveyors Sioux Rapids – Buena Vista County
Rosenboom Machine & Tool Hydraulic cylinders Spirit Lake – Dickinson County
Shine Brothers Corp. Scrap metal processing Spencer – Clay County
Polaris Industries Global Electric Motorcars (GEMs) Milford – Dickinson County
Tecton Industries Precision machining Spencer – Clay County
Valero Renewables Ethanol Albert City – Buena Vista County
VanderHaag's Inc Used Truck sales, parts, service & equipment Spencer - Clay County
Financial Services Product/Service Location
Bank Midwest Financial Services Spirit Lake – Dickinson County
Bank Plus Financial Services Estherville – Emmet County
Citizens 1st National Bank Financial Services Storm Lake – Buena Vista County
Community State Bank Financial Services Spencer – Clay County
Farmer’s Savings Bank Financial Services Milford – Dickinson County
Farmer’s Trust & Savings
Bank
Financial Services Spencer – Clay County
First State Bank Financial Services Sioux Rapids – Buena Vista County
Heritage Bank NA Financial Services Storm Lake – Buena Vista County
Home State Bank Financial Services Royal – Clay County
     
North Star Bank Financial Services Estherville – Emmet County
Northwest Bank Financial Services Spencer - Clay County;

Spirit Lake, Arnold's Park, Okoboji, Milford - Dickinson County;

Storm Lake - Buena Vista County
Security Trust & Savings
Bank
Financial Services Storm Lake – Dickinson County
State Bank Financial Services Spencer – Clay County
The State Bank Financial Services Spirit Lake – Dickinson County
US Bank Financial Services Spencer – Clay County
Other Product/Service Location
     
Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative Energy Utility Estherville – Emmet County
KAPCO Contract assembly Spirit Lake – Dickinson County
Buena Vista University Higher Education Storm Lake – Buena Vista County
Iowa Lakes Community College Higher Education Estherville – Emmet County
Avera Holy Family Health Medical Estherville – Emmet County
Buena Vista Regional Medical Center Medical Storm Lake – Buena Vista County
Lakes Regional Health Center Medical Spirit Lake – Dickinson County
Spencer Community Hospital Medical Spencer – Clay County
Estherville Community Schools Education Estherville – Emmet County
Okoboji School District Education Okoboji & Milford – Dickinson County
St, Luke Homes & Services, Inc. Long-Term Healthcare Spencer - Clay County
Spencer Community Schools Education Spencer – Clay County
Spirit Lake Community Schools Education Spirit Lake – Dickinson County
Storm Lake Community Schools Education Storm Lake – Buena Vista County

 

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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 Available Real Estate

A low cost of living and affordable housing prices are important factors when considering relocating to a community or region. The Corridor has a variety of housing choices for all – lakefront, countryside, condo, traditional, modern – own or rent – and our median housing values are generally low, lower than the statewide average for Iowa and well below the national average.

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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

Iowa Lakes Corridor Transportation

A company’s roadmap to success is sure to be enhanced with the Corridor’s prime Midwest location and our ability to reduce supply and distribution costs. We are at the heart of an eight state market of 926,182 businesses and 35.3 million people with a total of over $901.7 billion in personal income.

Highway 71 travels north and south, and highways 9 and 18 journey east and west providing easy access to any place in the Corridor. Interstate 90 is minutes north on Highway 71 and Interstate 29 is located approximately 1 hour west on Highway 18.

Distance to Major Midwest Markets

City Days by Motor Freight Distance in Miles
Minneapolis 1 220
Chicago 1 420
St. Louis 1 529
Kansas City 1 318
Des Moines 1 187
Omaha 1 172

The Corridor is served by a variety of common carriers, providing interstate, intrastate, and local freight services. Among these are heavy and lightweight haulers, liquid or dry bulk, oversized, and other specialty haulers. In addition to these common carriers, Spencer is home to a regional hub for UPS and is served by all major parcel carriers. Rail service is provided by Union Pacific, Canadian National and the Iowa, Chicago & Eastern Railroad. Click for an Iowa Railroad Map.

The Northwest Iowa Regional Airport is located in Spencer. Runway 12-30 is 100′ x 6000′. Runway 18-36 is 75′ x 5000′. Both runways are concrete grooved and are lit by remote 3 intensity lighting system. Private aircraft from ultra lights to high performance jets use the airport. There is an ILS on Runway 12. The facility is at an elevation of 1,339 feet at a distance of about 3 miles from Spencer. This is a full-service regional airport. Air taxi service and charter service is available through the Fixed Base Operator, Leading Edge Aviation. Estherville, Milford, Spirit Lake and Storm Lake also operate municipal airports. Two commercial airports with cargo air facilities are located within 90 minutes or less of the region (Sioux City and Sioux Falls).

Iowa Lakes Corridor Utilities

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