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Time Zone: Buena Vista County lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Storm Lake is the Seat for Buena Vista County.

Buena Vista County was founded January 15, 1851. Buena Vista was created by taking area from Clay and Counties.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Buena Vista had a population of 19,601 people. This is a decrease of 3.97% since the last Census (which gave a population of 20,411 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Buena Vista represented 0.7% of the total population of Iowa, making it the state's 33rd most populous county (out of 99 counties).

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201020,260-0.74%+3.36% since 2009
200919,601-3.97%+0.56% since 2008
200819,491-4.51%+0.19% since 2007
200020,411The Last Census

More information can be found on the Buena Vista County Census Page for Buena Vista County.


Below are some of the communities located in Buena Vista County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Buena Vista County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Storm Lake   9,54010,0765.32% decrease  
Alta   1,8621,8650.16% decrease  
Newell   8648872.59% decrease  
Sioux Rapids   6947203.61% decrease  
Albert City   6847093.53% decrease  

Websites for Buena Vista County

Official Website:   www.co.buena-vista.ia.us/

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<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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