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Alta, Iowa

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Welcome to Alta ...

The city of Alta is located in Buena Vista County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2016, Alta has a population of 1,933 people<1> (see below for details).

Alta is 1,510 feet [460 m] above sea level.<2>.

Time Zone: Alta lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Alta lies within the (712) area code.

The ZIP code for Alta: 51002<3>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Alta had a population of 1,883 people (or 9.29% of the total population of Buena Vista County). This makes Alta the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Alta represents 0.06% of the population of Iowa (which has 3,046,355 people), making it the state's 168th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 1,883 people, the population of Alta has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (which had a count of 1,865 people).

Taken from the 2016 Census Estimates, Alta had an population of 1,933 people. This is an increase of 2.66% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 3.65% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Alta.

Communities near Alta ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from Alta and not the distance if driven.<4>.

Community   2016
Albert City   [Map]   685   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
Aurelia   [Map]   990   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
Cherokee   [Map]   4,998   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
Early   [Map]   524   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
Holstein   [Map]   1,389   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
Lakeside   [Map]   700   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Alta.

Communities Also Named Alta ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 21 communities that are also named Alta - they are located in Alabama, California (2), Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas (3), Kentucky, Montana (2), North Dakota, Ohio (2), Tennessee, Utah (2), West Virginia (2) and Wyoming.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Alta.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Alta. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Alta. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Alta.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Alta:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Alta ...

Looking for more information about Alta? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Alta, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Alta.

Search for Local Businesses ...

Google's 'Search-by-Location' has proven to be a useful tool by people who planned visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Alta. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

LodgingGas StationsBanks
Bed & BreakfastTruck StopsATMs
RestaurantsAuto RepairReal Estate
 RV RepairRentals
PharmacyAuto PartsChurches
 RV PartsCemeteries
AttractionsMotorcycle Parts 
 DentistsPost Offices
Auto RentalChiropractors 
Auto LeasingVeterinarians 

Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Iowa

About Buena Vista County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Alta. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Buena Vista County: www.co.buena-vista.ia.us/

The official website for State of Iowa: www.iowa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Alta.

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<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Alta - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<3>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Alta). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Alta or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that begins in Alta. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Alta) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Alta. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Alta

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Alta. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.6719, Longitude: -95.3046     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Alta have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<5>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Alta.