Buena Vista County

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Buena Vista County, Iowa

PO Box 1186
Storm Lake, IA 50588
Phone: (712) 749-2546
Fax: (712) 749-2700
www.co.buena-vista.ia.us

In west-central IA, northest of Fort Dodge; established Jan 15, 1851 from Sac and Clay counties. Name Origin: For the Mexican town in Coahuila, site of Gen. Zachary Taylor's (1784-1850; twelfth U.S. president) final victory in the Mexican War (1847); Spanish for 'good view.'

Area (sq mi):: 580.07 (land 574.78; water 5.28) Population per square mile: 35.10
Population 2005: 20,151 State rank: 36 Population change: 2000-20005 -1.30%; 1990-2000 2.20% Population 2000: 20,411 (White 82.10%; Black or African American 0.40%; Hispanic or Latino 12.50%; Asian 4.30%; Other 7.30%). Foreign born: 12.40%. Median age: 36.40
Income 2000: per capita $16,042; median household $35,300; Population below poverty level: 10.50% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $23,680-$24,288
Unemployment (2004): 4.20% Unemployment change (from 2000): 1.70% Median travel time to work: 14.90 minutes Working outside county of residence: 14.50%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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