Introduction to Storm Lake, Iowa

Storm Lake, Iowa, in Buena Vista county, is located 61 miles E of Sioux City, Iowa (center to center) and is 102 miles N of Omaha, Nebraska. There are an estimated 10,076 people residing in the city.

Storm Lake History

Storm Lake is the county seat of Buena Vista County, which was founded on January 15, 1851. The county was named after the Battle of Buena Vista of 1847. The Buena Vista University was also established in the City of Storm Lake in 1891 as Buena Vista College. The city is also home to a large hog slaughterhouse of Tyson Foods and a turkey processing plant of Sara Lee.

Storm Lake and nearby Attractions

  • Buena Vista County Historical Museum
  • Prairie Log House
  • Living Heritage Tree Museum
  • Wanata State Park
  • Allee Mansion
  • Sanford Museum and Planetarium

Things To Do In Storm Lake

Storm Lake is home to Living Heritage Tree Museum and Buena Vista County Historical Museum. You can also visit the Prairie Log House and Harker House. The Scout Park, Circle Park, Frank Starr Park, and Emerald Park are also worth taking a look around. Golf lovers can enjoy their free hours at the Storm Lake Golf Course and Newell Golf Park. The city also has many houses of worship including the Schaller Memorial Chapel, Saint Mark Lutheran Church, Saint John Lutheran Church, and Faith United Assembly of God Church.

Storm Lake Transportation

You can avail air transportation from Fort Dodge Regional Airport.

Storm Lake Higher Education

The city is home to Buena Vista University. Iowa Central Community College, Bellevue University, Iowa Western Community College, and many other colleges and universities also offer higher educational facilities.


Total Population 10,814
Male Share of the Population 52.3%
Female Share of the Population 47.7%
Senior Citizens 12.4%
Employed Population 16+ 5,365
Age of the Population 29


% of people married 46%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $53,362
% Above Poverty Level 84.8%
% Below Poverty Level 15.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 10 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 8.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 29.8%
Median Gross Rent $591
Median House Value $110,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 54.6%
US/American 0%
English 4.3%
Irish 6.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Storm Lake Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 61 miles E of Sioux City, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 102 miles N of Omaha, Nebraska
County Buena Vista
Standard Zip Codes 50588
Phone Area Codes 712
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.641
Longitude -95.209

Storm Lake 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 2.2 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 18.1 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 22.9 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Bel Air Beach (50588)

Casino Beach (50588)

Juniata (50588)

Sulphur Springs (50588)

West Storm Lake (50588)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alta 2,056 $58,750
Aurelia 1,002 $61,250
Early 683 $53,750
Lakeside 662 $78,056

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Storm Lake Public Libraries

Storm Lake Public Library
Storm Lake, Iowa
(712) 732-8026

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Storm Lake Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(712) 732-5623
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 657 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

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