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Buena Vista County
Buena Vista County Courthouse
Buena Vista County Courthouse
Map of Iowa highlighting Buena Vista County
Location within the U.S. state of Iowa
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Iowa's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Iowa
Founded 1851
Named for Battle of Buena Vista
Seat Storm Lake
Largest city Storm Lake
Area
 • Total 580 sq mi (1,500 km2)
 • Land 575 sq mi (1,490 km2)
 • Water 5.3 sq mi (14 km2)  0.9%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 20,823
 • Density 35.90/sq mi (13.86/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 4th

Buena Vista County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2020 census, the population was 20,823. Its county seat is Storm Lake. The county is named for the final victory of Field General Zachary Taylor in the Mexican–American War.

Buena Vista County comprises the Storm Lake, IA Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Buena Vista County was formed on January 15, 1851, from open land. It was named in memory of the Battle of Buena Vista in the Mexican-American War.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 580 square miles (1,500 km2), of which 575 square miles (1,490 km2) is land and 5.3 square miles (14 km2) (0.9%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 71 (IA).svg U.S. Highway 71
  • Iowa 3.svg Iowa Highway 3
  • Iowa 7.svg Iowa Highway 7
  • Iowa 10.svg Iowa Highway 10
  • Iowa 110.svg Iowa Highway 110

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 57
1870 1,585 2,680.7%
1880 7,537 375.5%
1890 13,548 79.8%
1900 16,975 25.3%
1910 15,981 −5.9%
1920 18,556 16.1%
1930 18,667 0.6%
1940 19,838 6.3%
1950 21,113 6.4%
1960 21,189 0.4%
1970 20,693 −2.3%
1980 20,774 0.4%
1990 19,965 −3.9%
2000 20,411 2.2%
2010 20,260 −0.7%
2020 20,823 2.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010-2018
BuenaVistaCountyIowaPop2020

2020 census

The 2020 census recorded a population of 20,823 in the county, with a population density of 35.9542/sq mi (13.8820/km2). 89.44% of the population reported being of one race. 32.04% were non-Hispanic White, 2.84% were Black, 28.45% were Hispanic, 0.60% were Native American, 9.16% were Asian, 2.98% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 23.94% were some other race or more than one race. There were 8,141 housing units of which 7,447 were occupied.

2010 census

The 2010 census recorded a population of 20,260 in the county, with a population density of 35.48/sq mi (13.70/km2). There were 8,237 housing units, of which 7,522 were occupied.

Communities

Cities

Townships

Buena Vista County is divided into sixteen townships:

  • Barnes
  • Brooke
  • Coon
  • Elk
  • Fairfield
  • Grant
  • Hayes
  • Lee
  • Lincoln
  • Maple Valley
  • Newell
  • Nokomis
  • Poland
  • Providence
  • Scott
  • Washington

Population ranking

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Buena Vista County.

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Storm Lake City 10,600
2 Alta City 1,883
3 Newell City 876
4 Sioux Rapids City 775
5 Albert City City 699
6 Lakeside City 596
7 Marathon City 237
8 Rembrandt City 203
9 Linn Grove City 154
10 Truesdale City 81

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Condado de Buena Vista para niños

National Hispanic Heritage Month on Kiddle
Hispanic political pioneers
Joseph Marion Hernández
Lauro Cavazos
Barbara Vucanovich
María Elena Durazo
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