Buena Vista County, Iowa

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Buena Vista County, Iowa
Buena Vista County Courthouse 20120930 IMG 8837.JPG
Buena Vista County Courthouse
Map of Iowa highlighting Buena Vista County
Location in the state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Founded 1851
Named for Battle of Buena Vista
Seat Storm Lake
Largest city Storm Lake
Area
 • Total 580.07 sq mi (1,502 km2)
 • Land 574.78 sq mi (1,489 km2)
 • Water 5.28 sq mi (14 km2), 0.91%
Population
 • (2010) 20,260
 • Density 35.5/sq mi (13.7/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.buena-vista.ia.us

Buena Vista County is a county located in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 20,260 in the 2010 census, a decline from 20,411 in 2000.[1] Its county seat is Storm Lake.[2] The county is named for the final victory field of General Zachary Taylor in the Mexican-American War.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 580.07 square miles (1,502.4 km2), of which 574.78 square miles (1,488.7 km2) (or 99.09%) is land and 5.28 square miles (13.7 km2) (or 0.91%) is water.[3]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

History[edit]

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.[4]

Demographics[edit]

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%
Est. 2012 20,592 1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[6]

2010 census[edit]

The 2010 census recorded a population of 20,260 in the county, with a population density of 35.48/sq mi (13.700/km2). There were 8,237 housing units, of which 7,522 were occupied.[1]

2000 census[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Buena Vista County

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 20,411 people, 7,499 households, and 5,121 families residing in the county. The population density was 36 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 8,145 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.00% White, 0.35% Black or African American, 0.13% Native American, 4.33% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 5.75% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. 12.54% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

2005 Census estimates of the racial origins of Buena Vista County's population indicated it had the lowest percentage of non-Hispanic Whites of any county in Iowa. The non-Hispanic whites constituted 76.1% of the county's population, with African-Americans being 1.3%, Asians 3.9% and Latinos 18.6% of the population.[8]

There were 7,499 households out of which 31.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.50% were married couples living together, 7.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.70% were non-families. 27.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 12.20% from 18 to 24, 25.40% from 25 to 44, 20.20% from 45 to 64, and 16.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 100.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,300, and the median income for a family was $41,549. Males had a median income of $29,172 versus $20,252 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,042. About 7.60% of families and 10.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.60% of those under age 18 and 7.60% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Townships[edit]

Buena Vista County is divided into sixteen townships:

Law enforcement[edit]

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Law enforcement is the responsibility of the Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office (BVCSO). The department provides law enforcement services for all areas of Buena Vista County, as well as providing for courthouse security, operating the county jail, and performing civil procedures. The current Sheriff is Gary Launderville. The staff includes a mix of full-time deputies and reserve deputies.

The Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office is located at 411 Expansion Blvd in Storm Lake, Iowa.[9]

Reserve officers from the Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office received the Donald H. Mackaman Outstanding Unit Award at the 2013 state reserve conference.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Occupancy Status: 2010 - State -- County". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved March 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  4. ^ Buena Vista County
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ Buena Vista County QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau
  9. ^ "Buena Vista County Sheriff". Buena Vista County, Iowa. Retrieved 2009-06-15. 
  10. ^ "BV County Sheriff Reserve Officers Bring Home Honors". Storm Lake Pilot Tribune. April 29, 2013. 

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Coordinates: 42°44′06″N 95°09′01″W / 42.73500°N 95.15028°W / 42.73500; -95.15028