Buena Vista County, Iowa Population 2024

20,266

Buena Vista County, Iowa's estimated 2024 population is 20,266 with a growth rate of -0.82% in the past year according to the most recent United States census data. Buena Vista County, Iowa is the 31st largest county in Iowa. The 2010 population was 20,356 and has seen a growth of -0.44% since that time.

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202919,431-167-0.85%
202819,598-167-0.84%
202719,765-167-0.84%
202619,932-167-0.83%
202520,099-167-0.82%
202420,266-167-0.82%
202320,433-167-0.81%
202220,600-167-0.8%
202120,767-42-0.2%
202020,8091,1195.68%
201919,690-117-0.59%
201819,807-347-1.72%
201720,154-173-0.85%
201620,327-46-0.23%
201520,373-235-1.14%
201420,608-41-0.2%
201320,649910.44%
201220,5582481.22%
201120,310-46-0.23%
201020,356
199019,965-809-3.89%
198020,774810.39%
197020,693-496-2.34%
196021,189760.36%
195021,1131,2756.43%
194019,8381,1716.27%
193018,6671110.6%
192018,5562,57516.11%
191015,981-994-5.86%
190016,9753,42725.3%
189013,5486,01179.75%
18807,5375,952375.52%
18701,5851,5282680.7%
186057-19,374-99.71%
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2024 Growth Rate
-0.82% (-167)
County Website
Buena Vista County
State
Iowa
County Seat
2010 Population
20,356
Area
575 mi²
Density
35 people/mi²
Growth Since 2010
-0.44% (-90)
Founded
1851

Buena Vista County, Iowa Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White14,16068.45%
Asian2,12110.25%
Other race1,7918.66%
Two or more races1,5317.4%
Black or African American6062.93%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander4302.08%
Native American480.23%
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White

Asian

Other race

Two or more races

Black or African American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Native American

Buena Vista County, Iowa Population by Race

Buena Vista County, Iowa Population Pyramid 2024

Buena Vista County, Iowa Median Age

35.6

Total

33.7

Male

36.6

Female

Buena Vista County, Iowa Adults

There are 15,249 adults, (3,375 of whom are seniors) in Buena Vista County, Iowa.

Buena Vista County, Iowa Age Dependency

74.2

Age Dependency Ratio

28.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

45.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Buena Vista County, Iowa Sex Ratio

Female10,08848.76%
Male10,59951.24%

Buena Vista County, Iowa Population by Age

Buena Vista County, Iowa Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All7,5382.617030
Married3,6023.5486.513.5
Non Family3,0501.249.750.3
Female6673.4378.921.1
Male2194.4456.643.4
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3.47

Average Family Size

2.61

Average Household Size

70.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Buena Vista County, Iowa Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Buena Vista County, Iowa Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Buena Vista County, Iowa Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 93.83%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 30.04%.

Buena Vista County, Iowa Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$42,599

Average Earnings

$47,384

Average Male

$35,595

Average Female

Buena Vista County, Iowa Earnings by Educational Attainment

Buena Vista County, Iowa Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Buena Vista County, Iowa Language

65.07% of Buena Vista County, Iowa residents speak only English, while 34.93% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 22.53% of the population.

Buena Vista County, Iowa Language

Buena Vista County, Iowa Poverty by Race

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White10,6376716.31%
Hispanic5,5105459.89%
Other1,77019911.24%
Asian2,110914.31%
Multiple1,494755.02%
Islander430388.84%
Black535203.74%
Native33618.18%
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7.08%

Overall Poverty Rate

6.78%

Male Poverty Rate

7.39%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Buena Vista County, Iowa

The race most likely to be in poverty in Buena Vista County, Iowa is Native, with 18.18% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Buena Vista County, Iowa is Black, with 3.74% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.78%. Among those working part-time, it was 8.77%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 16.1%.

Buena Vista County, Iowa Poverty

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade14.67%
High School6.01%
Some College3.95%
Bachelors or Greater1.6%
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Buena Vista County, Iowa Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Unemployed14.91%
Female Unemployed12.12%
Female Employed5.27%
Male Employed2.96%
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Buena Vista County, Iowa Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Buena Vista County, Iowa Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Buena Vista County, Iowa Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

48.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.4%

Male Marriage Rate

49.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Buena Vista County, Iowa Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Buena Vista County, Iowa Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 35-44, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Buena Vista County, Iowa Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Buena Vista County, Iowa Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

646

Number of Veterans

628

Male Veterans

18

Female Veterans

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Buena Vista County, Iowa Veterans by War

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Buena Vista County, Iowa Veterans by Age

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Buena Vista County, Iowa Veterans by Race

Buena Vista County, Iowa Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

3.12%

Veteran Poverty Rate

34.32%

Veteran Disability Rate

Buena Vista County, Iowa Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

68.3%

Labor Force Participation

64.9%

Employment Rate

5%

Unemployment Rate

Buena Vista County, Iowa Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Buena Vista County, Iowa Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Buena Vista County, Iowa Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

58.98%

Born in Buena Vista County, Iowa

78.99%

Native Born

21.01%

Foreign Born

12.29%

Non Citizen

8.73%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

78.99% of Buena Vista County, Iowa residents were born in the United States, with 58.98% having been born in Iowa. 12.29% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Buena Vista County, Iowa Place of Birth

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