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Storm Lake

Storm Lake, Iowa

  •   State: 
    Buena Vista County
    Storm Lake
      County all: 
    Buena Vista | Sac
      County FIPS: 
    19021 | 19161
    42°38′37″N 95°12′7″W
      Area total: 
    5.38 sq mi (13.92 km²)
      Area land: 
    5.38 sq mi (13.92 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.00 sq mi (0.00 km²)
    1,421 ft (433 m)
    Incorporated February 28, 1873
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Storm Lake, IA
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Storm Lake, Buena Vista County, Iowa, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    2,096.17 residents per square mile of area (809.30/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Storm Lake is a city in Buena Vista County, Iowa, United States. The population was 11,269 in the 2020 census, an increase from 10,076 in the 2000 census. Storm Lake was named from a lake where it is said a trapper experienced a severe storm. The community is considered one of the state's most ethnically diverse. It is home to Buena. Vista University, King's Pointe Waterpark Resort, the Living. Heritage Tree Museum, and the Santa's Castle holiday attraction. The city is served by a 54-bed critical access hospital, a United Community Health Center, and a community health center. The Storm Lake Times Pilot is a twice-weekly newspaper, which merged with the Pilot-Tribune in 2022. It won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 2017 for its coverage of the Storm Lake area. It also has a Spanish-language newspaper, KBVU, which covers the area and a radio station, KAYL/KKIA, which also covers Storm Lake and Iowa Central Community College. As of 2022, the university has 1,982 students on a 60-acre (24 ha) campus within Storm Lake. It hosts a satellite campus for Iowa Central community College, including an industrial training center established in 2021. The median home valuation is $142,000, median rent is $695 per month, and median household income is estimated at just under $49,000. It has an estimated 250 businesses, including Tyson Foods, a large hog slaughterhouse, and turkey processing plant in the city.


Storm Lake is the primary city name, but also Lakeside are acceptable city names or spellings, Bel Air Beach, Casino Beach, Juniata, Sulphur Springs, West Storm Lake on the other hand no longer accepted or obsolete and are no longer used as a designation. The official name is Storm Lake, Iowa. As of the 2020 census, Storm Lake was the most ethnically diverse city in Iowa, with over 60% of the population and over 80% of students in the communitys school district identifying as non-white. Storm Lakes diversity is partially a result of refugee resettlement programs in the 1970s, and an abundance of meat packing jobs drawing Latin American migrant workers to the town. The city was named from the lake where it is said a trapper experienced a severe storm. A more romantic legend claims the lake took its name after two star-crossed lovers from opposed Native American bands paddled out for a secret rendezvous, only to be drowned as a sudden storm blew in. The town was incorporated in 1873. Storm Lake is located on the banks of the Iowa River, which runs through the center of the city. It is located in the U.S. state of Iowa. The town has a population of around 3,000. It is the most populous city in the state, followed by Iowa City, Iowa, and Pella, Iowa. The population of Storm Lake has grown to over 4,000 in the last 20 years, with the majority of people living in the town of about 3,500. The community is located near the Iowa-Wisconsin border. The city has a reputation for being a hotbed of illegal activity, with a large number of illegal immigrants living in and around the town in the 1990s and early 2000s. It has also been the site of a number of violent crimes, including several murders.


Storm Lake is located in the northwestern part of the state, along its namesake Storm Lake. Much of the lakefront is open to the public in parks and preserves. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.09 square miles (10.59 km²), all land. The city is located on the shores of Storm Lake, which is located at an elevation of 515 feet (183 meters) above sea level. The lake has a pH of 7.7, the highest in the state. It has an average annual rainfall of 2,856 millimeters (100 ft) and an average yearly temperature of 7.7 millibars (200 ft). The city's elevation is 1,854 feet (450 m) and the average yearly rainfall is 2,744 milliliters (1,852 ft), the lowest of any city in the U.S. It is the only city in North Dakota with a population of more than 1,000, and the second largest city in South Dakota with more than 500,000 people. It also has the highest average annual temperature in the country, at 107 °F (62 °C). It is one of the most biodiverse cities in the nation, with an average monthly rainfall of 3.7 inches (9.2 mm) and a yearly average of 1.9 inches (4.3 mm). It has a climate that is very different from that of the rest of North Dakota, with a dry, arid climate. The area has a high degree of humidity.


Storm Lake is considered one of the state's most ethnically diverse. The community celebrates its populations from around the world in a Parade of Nations each July 4 and public art installations. The median home valuation is $142,000, median rent is $695 per month. Median household income is estimated at just under $49,000. The community has an estimated 250 businesses. It is home to a population of 11,269, up from 10,600 for the 2010 Census and 10,078 in 2000. It is also home to more than 250 businesses, including a number of restaurants and a bowling alley, as well as a community center and a public library. It also has a lake, a lakewalk, a park and a lakefront amphitheater. It's home to an estimated 13,000 people, according to the 2022 U.S. Census. The population is expected to rise to 13,500 by the end of the decade. It was 11,000 in the 2000 Census and 9,700 in the 2010 census. It will be 11,500 in the 2020 Census and 11,200 in the 2030 Census. It has a median home value of $142, 000 and a median rent of $695 a month. The average household income in the community is about $49, 000. The town has an average household size of just under 1,500 people, and an average income of about $50,000 per person. The city has a total population of about 11,300. It had 10,000 residents in 2000, 10,100 in 2010, and 10, 000 in 2010.


Tyson Foods operates a large hog slaughterhouse, meat packing plant, and turkey processing plant in the city. The company also has a large meat processing plant. The city is home to a large number of Tyson Foods' plants and slaughterhouses. The plant is located in the heart of the city's meatpacking district. The slaughterhouse is also home to the company's turkey processing and meatpacking plant. It is also the site of a large pork processing plant and a large turkey processing facility. The meatpacking and processing plant is in the center of a major meatpacking area of the U.S. state of Mississippi. The turkey processing center is also in the middle of a new meatpacking complex in the town of St. Louis. The hog processing plant was built in the early 1990s. The town has a history of being a major employer in the meatpacking industry. It has also been a hub for the poultry industry in the past few years, with a number of turkey processing plants in the area. It also has its own meat packing and meat processing facility in the north of the town, near St. Charles, Missouri, and in the south of the state, near the city of Poughkeepsie, New York. It was founded by Tyson Foods in the late 1950s and has been in operation since the 1960s and early '70s. In the city, Tyson Foods has a slaughterhouse and meat-packing plant, as well as a turkey-processing plant.

Arts and culture

Living Heritage Tree Museum is located on the shore of Storm Lake, and contains a library and the Witter Art Gallery. Santa's Castle is a seasonal display of antique holiday animation, housed in a former Victorian library. King's Point is a 100-room community-owned tourism resort, with water-front facilities and a concert bandshell. The Buena Vista County Historical Society operates a museum in the town's historic center. The town's library is located in the historic center of the town, and is open to the public on weekdays. The city's public library is open on the weekend, and has a collection of more than 1,000 pieces of art, including works by Picasso, Van Gogh and Picasso. The community's library also has a large collection of photographs, including some of the world's most famous scenes from the 1800s and early 1900s, as well as a small collection of photos of the city's historic buildings. It is the only public library in the city, and the only one in the county, that offers a free public library service. The library also offers a public art gallery, which offers a selection of works of art from around the world that can be viewed at the library's collection. The public can also visit the museum's website, which includes a large selection of photographs from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. It also offers an online gallery of photographs of the area's historic sites, such as the town hall, the courthouse, the library, the park and the city center.

Parks and recreation

The city operates Sunrise Pointe, a 9-hole golf course. The city has are five beach areas, and a recreation trail linking them. There is also a trail linking the beach areas to the city's downtown area. There are five beaches in the city, and the city has five beaches. There's also a trails linking the beaches to the downtown area, and there's a trail connecting the beaches and to the town's downtown areas. It's also possible to play golf on the beach, which has a nine-hole course. It also has a trail that links the beach with the city. It is possible to swim on the beaches, which also have a beach and a trail. It has five parks, which are open to the public, and five trails that link the beaches with each other. It can also be used as a training ground for people who want to work on a golf course, which is also open to locals. It was built in the 1960s and 1970s, and has been expanded in the 1980s and 1990s. It opened a new golf course in the 1990s and has a new beach area, as well as five other beach areas. The beach area has a total of five beaches, and it also has five trails linking it to the rest of the town, which can be accessed by foot or by bike. The town has five recreation areas, including a trail which links them to the beach. It operates a recreation center, which was established in the 1970s and is still open.


The Storm Lake Community School District operates five local public schools, including a high school, a middle school, and an elementary school. St. Mary's Catholic Church operates a private K-12 school system.Buena Vista University is located in Storm Lake. The city hosts a satellite campus for Iowa Central Community College, including an industrial training center established in 2021. As of 2022, the university has 1,982 students on a 60-acre (24 ha) campus within Storm Lake, with a total enrollment of 1,841. The school district has a budget of $1.2 million for the 2020-21 school year, and $2.1 million for 2021-22. The district has an enrollment of 2,842 students, with an average of 1.841 students per school year. It has an average enrollment of 3,838 students per year, including 1,788 students in the elementary school and 1,938 in the middle school. The high school has a student population of 2.838. The elementary school has 1.938 students. The middle school has 2,738 students, and the high school had 2,917 students. It is the only school district in Iowa with a budget over $1 million. The community school district also has a satellite college campus. The university has a campus with 1,961 students, as of 2022. The town has a population of 4,836. It also has an elementary and middle school with 2,800 students.


Storm Lake is served by Buena Vista Regional Medical Center, a 54-bed critical access hospital, and United Community Health Center. The Storm Lake Police Department provides law enforcement services to the city. The department employes 21 sworn officers, and two community services officer. The city has a population of 1,788. The population of Storm Lake is 1,838. The average income is $36,832. The median household income is about $30,000. The unemployment rate is around 4%. The city's population is about 1,700. The poverty rate is about 5%. The unemployment rates are about 3%. The median income is around $25,000, and the unemployment rate has been around 3.5%. The average age of the city is about 25 years old, and it has a unemployment rate of 3.7%. It has a median income of about $26,500, and a poverty rate of 1.8 percent. It has an average population of 2,856. The town has a total population of 3,737. The highest rate of unemployment is about 3.9%. The lowest rate of homelessness is around 1%. The town's population has been at or below 1,800 since the beginning of the year. The lowest rates of unemployment are about 1.7% and the lowest rates are around 1.6%. The highest rates of homelessness are around 2%. The most recent unemployment rate was 0.7%, and the highest rate was 1.9% in 2008.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Storm Lake, Buena Vista County, Iowa = 93.2. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 61. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 82. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Storm Lake = 3.6 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 104,026 individuals with a median age of 34.5 age the population dropped by -4.30% in Storm Lake, Buena Vista County, Iowa population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 2,096.17 residents per square mile of area (809.30/km²). There are average 2.64 people per household in the 3,252 households with an average household income of $40,963 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 5.00% of the available work force and has dropped -1.87% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 31.26%. The number of physicians in Storm Lake per 100,000 population = 54.4.


The annual rainfall in Storm Lake = 29.7 inches and the annual snowfall = 32.1 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 88. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 209. 84 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 7 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 43, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Storm Lake, Buena Vista County, Iowa which are owned by the occupant = 58.54%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 53 years with median home cost = $72,570 and home appreciation of -6.91%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $11.26 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $5,793 per student. There are 13.2 students for each teacher in the school, 281 students for each Librarian and 404 students for each Counselor. 5.90% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 13.87% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 6.18% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Storm Lake's population in Buena Vista County, Iowa of 1,827 residents in 1900 has increased 56,94-fold to 104,026 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 49.47% female residents and 50.53% male residents live in Storm Lake, Buena Vista County, Iowa.

    As of 2020 in Storm Lake, Buena Vista County, Iowa are married and the remaining 47.48% are single population.

  • 12.9 minutes is the average time that residents in Storm Lake require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    70.05% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 14.23% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.30% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 2.46% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Storm Lake, Buena Vista County, Iowa, 58.54% are owner-occupied homes, another 32.73% are rented apartments, and the remaining 8.72% are vacant.

  • The 64.02% of the population in Storm Lake, Buena Vista County, Iowa who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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