We have compiled several statistics about our area in this section. If you do not find the information you are looking for, please contact us at the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation and we will do our best to find the data you need.
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.
*2010 data comes from the US Census Bureau.
*2018-2019 data comes from the American Community Survey.
|Albert City||Alta||Lakeside||Linn Grove||Marathon|
|2010 – 699||2010 – 1,883||2010 – 596||2010 – 154||2010 – 237|
|2018 – 625||2018 – 2,152||2018 – 717||2018 – 190||2018 – 242|
|Newell||Rembrandt||Sioux Rapids||Storm Lake||Truesdale|
|2010 – 876||2010 – 203||2010 – 775||2010 – 10,600||2010 – 81|
|2018 – 965||2018 – 171||2018 – 791||2018 – 10,672||2018 – 123|
|2010 – 185||2010 – 603||2010 – 231||2010 – 49||2010 – 75|
|2018 – 228||2018 – 597||2018 – 243||2018 – 25||2018 – 64|
|2010 – 334||2010 – 70||2010 – 446||2010 – 11,233||2010 – 141|
|2018 – 368||2018 – 39||2018 – 339||2018 – 11,092||2018 – 162|
|Arnolds Park||Lake Park||Milford||Okoboji||Spirit Lake|
|2010 – 1,126||2010 – 1,105||2010 – 2,898||2010 – 807||2010 – 4,840|
|2018 – 1,173||2018 – 1,201||2018 – 2,989||2018 – 881||2018 – 5,021|
|2010 – 130||2010 – 367||2010 – 341||2010 – 289|
|2018 – 226||2018 – 372||2018 – 372||2018 – 308|
|2010 – 926||2010 – 66||2010 – 6,360|
|2018 – 945||2018 – 62||2018 – 5,859|
|2010 – 94||2010 – 422||2010 – 197|
|2018 – 54||2018 – 480||2018 – 198|
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 – $52,683
Clay – $56,338
Dickinson – $55,603
Emmet – $51,497
|Buena Vista County||Clay County||Dickinson County||Emmet County|
|Albert City||$46,210||Dickens||$50,625||Arnolds Park||$48,320||Armstrong||$42,469|
|Linn Grove||$40,000||Gillett Grove||$24,375||Okoboji||$68,571||Gruver||$40,313|
2021 Manufacturing Businesses
2021 Retail Trade Businesses
2021 HealthCare/Social Assist
2021 Accommodation/Food Service
2021 Educational Services - Businesses
2021 Food Service/Drinking Estab
Average Commute Time
Work At Home
The Iowa Lakes Corridor region is home to a very dynamic and diverse collection of industries, skills, abilities and work experiences. 2019 data collected by Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) reveals the following about the region’s workforce:
More than two-thirds of the residents have some education/training beyond high school. Commuting data indicates those residents willing to change or accept new employment in the region are willing to commute an average of 21 miles one way.
Check out the complete copy of the 2019 Laborshed Analysis. 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.
The following table is based on research conducted in 2019 for the regional Laborshed Study. Education levels and median salary and wave levels for employees by their industry, are provided.
|Some Level Beyond High School||Associate Degree||Undergraduate Degree|
|Salary Wages (per year)||Non-Salary Wages (per year)|
|Agriculture, Forestry & Mining||75.0%||16.7%||50.0%||0.0%||$50,000||*|
|Transportation, Communication & Utilities||66.7%||20.0%||20.0%||6.7%||$60,000||$17.80|
|Wholesale & Retail Trade||70.2%||12.3%||24.6%||7.0%||$55,000||$12.25|
|Finance, Insurance & Real Estate||92.3%||30.8%||53.8%||0.0%||$80,000||$13.25|
|Health Care & Social Services||87.2%||30.8%||33.3%||5.2%||*||$16.00|
|Entertainment & Recreation||*||*||*||*||*||*|
|Public Administration & Government||83.3%||16.7%||50.0%||8.3%||$53,000||$16.88|
* Insufficient survey data/refused
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
|Health Care/Social Assistance||70.6%|
Percent of Employers Offering Insurance Options
For Accidental Death and Dismemberment for full-time employees, coverage is determined by one of three methods:
For Life Insurance for full-time employees, coverage is determined by one of three methods:
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|
In industry cluster results, 100% of employers that responded to the survey in both advanced manufacturing and biosciences said they offer a benefit package.
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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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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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.
Combined Levy [30.22241]
Combined Levy [27.02957]
Combined Levy [30.10415]
Combined Levy [33.19781]
Combined Levy [32.99536]
Combined Levy [33.22522]
Combined Levy [27.33449]
Combined Levy [32.25177]
Combined Levy [35.84977]
Combined Levy [30.03865]
Combined Levy [26.65403]
Combined Levy [24.65031]
Okoboji School District
Combined Levy [22.9257]
Spencer School District
Combined Levy [26.65403]
Combined Levy [31.37795]
Combined Levy [21.74052]
Combined Levy [33.23413]
Combined Levy [22.04954]
Combined Levy [23.96101]
Combined Levy [30.55402]
Combined Levy [29.81643]
Combined Levy [17.15091]
Combined Levy [25.76367]
Combined Levy [25.28202]
Okoboji School District
Combined Levy [16.95091]
Spirit Lake School District
Combined Levy [15.83133]
Combined Levy [21.62533]
Spirit Lake School District
Combined Levy [19.18133]
Estherville School District
Combined Levy [27.29695]
Combined Levy [24.06395]
Combined Levy [15.43459]
Combined Levy [15.20183]
Combined Levy [27.02075]
Combined Levy [30.71373]
Combined Levy [38.56410]
Combined Levy [30.71373]
Combined Levy [31.60308]
Combined Levy [30.71373]
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.
To see what is available visit Multiple Listing Services in the region:
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Buena 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 2020, the Lamberti Center for Rural Entrepreneurship plans to launch innovative programming. The Center strives to enhance economic growth in rural communities by launching new businesses, creating new jobs, and educating the next generation of business leaders.
Buena Vista University is:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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|
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).
Our region is home to quality, ample, and reliable utility providers. They include: