Alta, Iowa

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Alta, Iowa

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High Points

Alta strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Iowa):

Category Trophy
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 3% trophy Alta Racial Diversity
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Alta Short Commute Times
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 16% Alta Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Alta, Iowa

Comparing Alta to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Iowa (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Racial Diversity 9 10
Male Share of the Population 8 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 7
Senior Citizens 6 4
Well-Paid Single Men 6 3
Female Share of the Population 4 3
Age of the Population 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 7 9
Portion of People Married 7 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 7 8
Median Family Income 5 3
People Above Poverty 5 2
People in Middle Class or Better 4 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 9
Public Transportation Use 8 9
Working at Home 7 6
Walking and Biking to Work 4 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 7
Affordability of Rents 6 4
People Living Alone 5 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 5
Housing Recently Built 3 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 3

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Alta Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 58 miles E of Sioux City, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 103 miles N of Omaha, Nebraska
County Buena Vista
Standard Zip Codes 51002
Phone Area Codes 712
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.673
Longitude -95.29

Alta Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station STORM LAKE 2 E
Distance 6.9 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 25 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 61 F
Annual Precip 33.5 inches
Distance 13.4 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 26 F
Apr Temp 35 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 36 to 63 F
Annual Precip 29 inches
Station IDA GROVE 5 NW
Distance 22.2 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 26 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 29.9 inches
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Alta Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,865 100%
Male 918 49.2%
Female 947 50.8%
Under 18 554 29.7%
18+ 1,311 70.3%
65+ 296 15.9%
Median Age 35.1
Average Family Size 3.07
White 1,724 92.4%
African-American 12 0.6%
Asian 26 1.4%
American Indian & Alaskan 1 0.1%
Other 83 4.5%
Mixed Race 18 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 198 10.6%

Estimated Alta Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,874
Growth 9
Growth % 0.5%

Alta Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 37.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.3%
Norwegian 7.4%
Irish 6.9%
Swedish 6.8%
US/American 6.1%
English 5.1%
Danish 3.7%
Dutch 3.4%
French (except Basque) 1.6%
Scottish 1.3%
African 1.1%
European 0.6%
Polish 0.4%
Czech 0.3%
Italian 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Scotch-Irish 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Alta, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Hanover (51002)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Alta 1,865 $40,694
Aurelia 1,062 $44,135
Galva 368 $33,438
Lakeside 484 $43,281
Rembrandt 228 $50,417
Schaller 779 $40,268
Storm Lake 10,076 $42,236

Alta Public Libraries

Alta Public Library
409 W. HWY 7
Alta, Iowa
(712) 284-1250

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Alta High Schools (2004)

101 W 5TH
Serves 210 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.5

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