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Buena Vista County, Iowa (IA)


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County population in 2012: 20,592 (56% urban, 44% rural); it was 20,411 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,990
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,286
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 5,289
Renter-occupied apartments: 2,246 (it was 2,210 in 2000)
% of renters here:

29%
State:

28%

Land area: 575 sq. mi.
Water area: 5.3 sq. mi.
Population density: 36 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Buena Vista County: 84.8 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Manufacturing (26.2%), Educational,health and social services (24.7%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 79%
  • Government: 12%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 9%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Buena Vista County, Iowa:


Median resident age:  37.0 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years

Males: 10,142  (50.5%)
Females: 10,118  (49.5%)

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Buena Vista County,IA real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Buena Vista County:

2.0 people
Iowa:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $42,969 ($35,300 in 1999)
This county:

$42969
Iowa:

$48044

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $414 (lower quartile is $292, upper quartile is $509)
This county:

$414
State:

$496


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $90,288 (it was $65,900 in 2000)
Buena Vista County:

$90,288
Iowa:

$122,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $59,709 - $134,392

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $138,444
Here:

$138,444
State:

$151,570

Townhouses or other attached units: $345,155
Here:

$345,155
State:

$156,028

In 2-unit structures: $37,129
Here:

$37,129
State:

$128,390

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $87,078
Here:

$87,078
State:

$135,565

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $654,388
Here:

$654,388
State:

$110,680

Mobile homes: $32,291
Here:

$32,291
State:

$29,315
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,048
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $321

Institutionalized population: 268

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Buena Vista County, IA map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,048 (1.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $945 (1.1%)


Buena Vista County household income distribution in 2009 Buena Vista County home values distribution


Buena Vista County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 11.7%
(7.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 37.2% for Black residents, 25.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 6.1% for American Indian residents, 42.9% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 22.5% for other race residents, 12.6% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 37 years old
(Males: 35 years old, Females: 39 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42 years old, Black residents: 21 years old, American Indian residents: 23 years old, Asian residents: 27 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23 years old, Other race residents: 23 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

10.5%
Whole state:

9.1%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

5.0%
Whole state:

3.8%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Buena Vista County is $391 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $512 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $614 a month.

Cities in this county include: Storm Lake, Alta, Newell, Sioux Rapids, Albert City, Lakeside, Marathon, Rembrandt, Linn Grove, Truesdale.

Buena Vista County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Local government website: www.co.buena-vista.ia.us

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Buena Vista County: Bluebird Access (A), Sulphur Springs (B), Sunrise Campgrounds (C), Stille Turkey Farm (D), West Scott (E), Peach (F), Racine (G), Crozier (H), Blain (I), Nagel Hog Farm (J), Kracht Farm (K), Storm Lake Wastewater Plant (L), Iowa State University Allee Experimental Farm (M), Little Sioux Country Club (N), Lake Creek Country Club (O), Log Cabin Museum (P), Coon Townhall (Q), Buena Vista County Home (R). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Buena Vista County include: Zion Lutheran Church (A), Elk Church (B), Immanuel Church (C), Evangelical Free Church (D), Church of Christ (E), Saint John's Lutheran Church (F), Saint John Church (G), Saint Johns Church of Christ Church (H), Saint Johns Lutheran Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Varina Cemetery (1), Maple Valley Cemetery (2), Lincoln Township Cemetery (3), Saint John's Lutheran Cemetery (4), Cooke Cemetery (5), First M E Church Cemetery (6), Newell Catholic Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes: Storm Lake (A), Pleasant Lake (B), Gustafson Lake (C), Pickerel Lake (D), Little Storm Lake (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Brooke Creek (A), Cottonwood Creek (B), Soldier Creek (C), Poor Farm Creek (D), Outlet Creek (E), Powell Creek (F), Fox Run (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Buena Vista County include: Buena Vista County Park (1), Storm Lake State Wildlife Management Area (2), Little Storm Lake Game Management Area (3), Marathon Poland Park (4), Sturchler Pit Area (5), Three Water Wildlife Area (6), South Cove Park (7), Leo Grau Wildlife Area (8), Bur Oak Wildlife Area (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Beach: Casino Beach (A). Display/hide its location on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Calhoun County , Cherokee County , Clay County , Ida County , O'Brien County , Palo Alto County , Pocahontas County , Sac County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 1,449
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 81.3%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 18.7%

Number of foreign born residents: 2,541 (23% naturalized citizens)

Buena Vista County:

12.4%
Whole state:

3.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 14.9 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 85.5%

Buena Vista County marital status for males
Buena Vista County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Buena Vista County with a mortgage: 2,394 (168 second mortgage, 230 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,874

Here:

56.1% with mortgage
State:

62.8% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 66.90%
Here66.9%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 13,655
Total congregations: 43

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaLutheran ChurchCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)
Adherents3,158 (23.1%)2,665 (19.5%)2,518 (18.4%)2,158 (15.8%)1,244 (9.1%)
Congregations10 (23.3%)7 (16.3%)2 (4.7%)6 (14.0%)3 (7.0%)
NameEvangelical Free Church of AmericaUnited Church of ChristChristian Churches and Churches of Christ The Evangelical Covenant ChurchOther
Adherents430 (3.1%)425 (3.1%)390 (2.9%)180 (1.3%)487 (3.6%)
Congregations3 (7.0%)4 (9.3%)2 (4.7%)1 (2.3%)5 (11.6%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Buena Vista County - Storm Lake, Alta, Newell, Sioux Rapids, Albert City

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
This county:

2.55 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Buena Vista County:

0.51 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.23 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (with gas): 12
This county:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 19
Buena Vista County:

9.70 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

8.3%
Iowa:

7.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

28.2%
Iowa:

27.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Buena Vista County:

18.4%
State:

14.5%


Agriculture in Buena Vista County:

Average size of farms: 414 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $257,862
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $259.62
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 62.70%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $193,540
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 89.45%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $124,771
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 86.42%
Average age of principal farm operators: 53 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 6.28
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.90%
Corn for grain: 155329 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 144212 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Buena Vista County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is slightly below Iowa state average. It is 1.8 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 4 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 6/7/1984, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado injured 3 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Buena Vista County (13) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 4, Storms: 4, Tornadoes: 3, Floods: 3, Heavy Rain: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tornado: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Food (22%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (13%)
  • Construction (7%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Food and beverage stores (3%)
  • Truck transportation (3%)
  • Machinery (3%)
  • Educational services (18%)
  • Health care (15%)
  • Food (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
  • Public administration (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (10%)
  • Food processing workers (9%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (8%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Food processing workers (5%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (3%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Buena Vista County (%):





Buena Vista County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 6,958 (72%)
  • Carpooled: 1,158 (12%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 21 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 4 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 40 (0%)
  • Walked: 748 (8%)
  • Other means: 74 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 640 (7%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Buena Vista County, Iowa in 2000:

People in group quarters in Buena Vista County, Iowa in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $44,502.

6.18% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($27,092 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.18%
Iowa average:

6.30%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.03% relocated from other counties in Iowa ($12,984 average AGI)
3.15% relocated from other states ($14,108 average AGI)
Buena Vista County:

3.15%
Iowa average:

2.55%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Cherokee County, IA  0.32% ($26,957 average AGI)
from Los Angeles County, CA  0.31% ($22,545)
from Sac County, IA  0.29% ($29,762)
from Clay County, IA  0.28% ($24,200)
from Pocahontas County, IA  0.18% ($26,462)
from Ida County, IA  0.17% ($25,667)
from Woodbury County, IA  0.17% ($21,750)


8.20% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($29,115 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.20%
Iowa average:

6.47%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.62% relocated to other counties in Iowa ($17,051 average AGI)
3.58% relocated to other states ($12,065 average AGI)
Buena Vista County:

3.58%
Iowa average:

2.80%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Polk County, IA  0.63% ($25,935 average AGI)
to Pocahontas County, IA  0.38% ($25,786)
to Sac County, IA  0.37% ($26,000)
to Cherokee County, IA  0.37% ($37,000)
to Clay County, IA  0.35% ($20,962)
to Story County, IA  0.25% ($30,000)
to Woodbury County, IA  0.19% ($75,857)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.8

Births per 1000 population in Buena Vista County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.4

Deaths per 1000 population in Buena Vista County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 2.9
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 4.3

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Buena Vista County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 3,569 (3,289 aged, 280 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 7%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 4.96
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 9198.250
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 208.370
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 36222.46

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1454.020
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 918.070
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 9.93

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 51.4
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 59.55

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 4.96

Household type by relationship:

Households: 19,246

Size of family households: 2,380 2-persons, 887 3-persons, 814 4-persons, 493 5-persons, 242 6-persons, 211 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,152 1-person, 283 2-persons, 31 3-persons, 17 4-persons, 5 5-persons, 4 6-persons, 3 7-or-more-persons.

83.4% of residents of Buena Vista County speak English at home.
11.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (36% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 30% speak English not well, 14% don't speak English at all).
1.2% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (69% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 9% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
4.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (33% speak English very well, 36% speak English well, 20% speak English not well, 10% don't speak English at all).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $114,299,000 ($5671 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,832,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $47,094,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $27,322,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $16,282,000
Federal grants: $14,493,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,026,000 ($12,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $8,083,000 ($985,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $3,126,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $5,566,000
Federal Government insurance: $73,086,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 1,268
Here:

63 per 1000 residents
State:

66 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 953
Here:

47 per 1000 residents
State:

48 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +791
Here:

+39 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -1,328
Here -66 per 1000 residents
State -14 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Buena Vista County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 3.79 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.5
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

4.2

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Buena Vista County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 44
  • 3 rooms: 105
  • 4 rooms: 398
  • 5 rooms: 928
  • 6 rooms: 1,187
  • 7 rooms: 1,056
  • 8 rooms: 748
  • 9+ rooms: 823
  • 1 room: 58
  • 2 rooms: 132
  • 3 rooms: 469
  • 4 rooms: 514
  • 5 rooms: 330
  • 6 rooms: 299
  • 7 rooms: 197
  • 8 rooms: 115
  • 9+ rooms: 96
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Buena Vista County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 1
  • 1 bedroom: 150
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,144
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,625
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,122
  • 5+ bedrooms: 247
  • no bedroom: 66
  • 1 bedroom: 605
  • 2 bedrooms: 816
  • 3 bedrooms: 493
  • 4 bedrooms: 183
  • 5+ bedrooms: 47
Cars and other vehicles available in Buena Vista County, Iowa in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 137
  • 1 vehicle: 1,382
  • 2 vehicles: 2,338
  • 3 vehicles: 1,053
  • 4 vehicles: 271
  • 5+ vehicles: 108
  • no vehicle: 318
  • 1 vehicle: 1,008
  • 2 vehicles: 638
  • 3 vehicles: 164
  • 4 vehicles: 45
  • 5+ vehicles: 37

59% of Buena Vista County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 48% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 50% lived in Iowa.

Buena Vista County:

58.6%
State average:

57.7%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $24,400


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Buena Vista County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (73.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (15.7%)
  • Electricity (7.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2.5%)
  • Wood (0.7%)
  • Utility gas (55.7%)
  • Electricity (25.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (14.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2.7%)
  • No fuel used (0.7%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 321
Here:

12.9%
Iowa:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 160
Here:

12.0%
Iowa:

7.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 1,075
Here:

77.0%
Iowa:

25.4%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Buena Vista County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:


Buena Vista County government finances - Revenue in 2006:


Buena Vista County government finances - Debt in 2006:


Buena Vista County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Buena Vista County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Buena Vista County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Buena Vista County, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John13878.8 years
William10078.8 years
Mary9683.3 years
George9079.8 years
Anna8788.4 years
Harold7975.9 years
Robert7773.6 years
Arthur6780.1 years
Carl6580.9 years
Dorothy6381.4 years
Most common last names in Buena Vista County, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson17682.2 years
Anderson12981.5 years
Peterson12580.5 years
Miller5881.0 years
Hansen5381.4 years
Nelson5282.3 years
Carlson5181.6 years
Jensen3881.7 years
Larson3780.5 years
Smith3681.5 years
Businesses in Buena Vista County, IA
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Maurices1
Arby's1McDonald's1
Baymont Inn1New Balance1
Burger King1Nike1
Dairy Queen1Payless1
Domino's Pizza2Pizza Hut1
FedEx1Sears1
GameStop1Subway1
Goodwill2Super 81
H&R Block1U-Haul1
Hardee's1U.S. Cellular1
KFC1UPS4
La-Z-Boy1Walgreens1
Lane Furniture2Walmart1
MasterBrand Cabinets4
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