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Welcome to Spirit Lake ...

The city of Spirit Lake is located in Dickinson County<1> and is the County Seat for Dickinson County.



While we don't have a date for the founding of Spirit Lake, you might get a feel for it by knowing that during our research the earliest mention that we found (so far) was in a book dated 1895.

A typical abbreviation for Spirit Lake: Spirit Lk.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Spirit Lake has a population of 5,165 people<2> (see below for details).

Spirit Lake is 1,460 feet [445 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

Spirit Lake lies within the (712) area code.

The ZIP code for Spirit Lake: 51360<4>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Spirit Lake had an population of 5,165 people. This is an increase of 6.71% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 21.22% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Spirit Lake had a population of 4,840 people (or 29.04% of the total population of Dickinson County). This makes Spirit Lake the county's most populous community.

The population of Spirit Lake represents 0.16% of the total population of Iowa (which has 3,046,355 people), making it the state's 83rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 4,840 people, the population of Spirit Lake increased 13.59% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 4,261 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Spirit Lake.

Communities Also Named Spirit Lake ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 5 communities that are also named Spirit Lake - they are located in Arkansas, Idaho, Minnesota (2) and Washington.

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

Communities near Spirit Lake ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Spirit Lake.

  • Spencer
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the south)
  • Estherville
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Estherville have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Estherville
    • Estherville is located in Emmet County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,587 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Estherville <5>
  • Jackson
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jackson
    • Jackson is located in Jackson County (MN)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,151 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Jackson <5>
  • Milford
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the south)
  • Lakefield
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lakefield have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lakefield
    • Lakefield is located in Jackson County (MN)
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,602 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lakefield <5>
  • Lake Park
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the west)
  • Wahpeton
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wahpeton have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wahpeton
    • Wahpeton is located in Dickinson County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 353 people
  • Terril
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Terril
    • Terril is located in Dickinson County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 338 people
  • West Okoboji
    (5 miles [8 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Okoboji have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Okoboji
    • West Okoboji is located in Dickinson County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 303 people
  • Fostoria
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fostoria
    • Fostoria is located in Clay County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 219 people

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Spirit Lake. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Spirit Lake.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Spirit Lake. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Spirit Lake.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Spirit Lake. Our list includes 7 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Spirit Lake.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Spirit Lake ...

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

In addition to the Tourism page for Spirit Lake, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Spirit Lake.

Adding Spirit Lake to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Spirit Lake in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Spirit Lake was in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Spirit Lake on a map titled Rand McNally Map of Iowa (1911).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Spirit Lake.

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

The official website for Dickinson County: www.co.dickinson.ia.us/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Iowa's counties, including Dickinson, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Spirit Lake.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Spirit Lake - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>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 Spirit Lake). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Spirit Lake or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.









 

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