Buena Vista County, IA

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2022 Population
20,687
0.174% 1-year decline
US Senator
Chuck Grassley
Republican Party
US Senator
Joni Ernst
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
35.6
1.14% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
7.08%
28.7% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$62,662
16.8% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$138,100
9.34% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
10,361
0.155% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Buena Vista County, IA had a population of 20.7k people with a median age of 35.6 and a median household income of $62,662. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Buena Vista County, IA declined from 20,723 to 20,687, a −0.174% decrease and its median household income grew from $53,645 to $62,662, a 16.8% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Buena Vista County, IA are White (Non-Hispanic) (55.5%), White (Hispanic) (13%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (10.2%), Other (Hispanic) (8.28%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (5.53%).

None of the households in Buena Vista County, IA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

87.7% of the residents in Buena Vista County, IA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Buena Vista County, IA are Buena Vista University (691 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Buena Vista County, IA was $138,100, and the homeownership rate was 70%.

Most people in Buena Vista County, IA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 14.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Buena Vista County, IA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Buena Vista County, IA is home to a population of 20.7k people, from which 87.7% are citizens. As of 2022, 21% of Buena Vista County, IA residents were born outside of the country (4.35k people).

In 2022, there were 4.28 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (11.5k people) in Buena Vista County, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.68k White (Hispanic) and 2.12k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

87.7%
2022 Citizenship
87.4%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 87.7% of Buena Vista County, IA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Buena Vista County, IA was 87.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Buena Vista County, IA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    11.5k ± 105
  2. White (Hispanic)
    2.68k ± 521
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    2.12k ± 75
26.9%
Hispanic Population
5.57k people

In 2022, there were 4.28 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (11.5k people) in Buena Vista County, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.68k White (Hispanic) and 2.12k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

26.9% of the people in Buena Vista County, IA are hispanic (5.57k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    42,604 ± 5,034 people
  2. India
    12,351 ± 2,723 people
  3. Vietnam
    7,795 ± 2,165 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Iowa was Mexico, the natal country of 42,604 Iowa residents, followed by India with 12,351 and Vietnam with 7,795.

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Foreign-Born Population

21%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
4.35k people
20.6%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
4.27k people

As of 2022, 21% of Buena Vista County, IA residents (4.35k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Buena Vista County, IA was 20.6%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    276 ± 72
  2. Korea
    102 ± 60
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    78 ± 44

Buena Vista County, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.71 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Buena Vista County, IA employs 10.4k people. The largest industries in Buena Vista County, IA are Manufacturing (3,302 people), Retail Trade (1,396 people), and Educational Services (1,182 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($85,096), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($58,289), and Public Administration ($53,839).

Males in Iowa have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $54,745. The income inequality in Iowa (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

10.4k
2022 Value
± 609
0.155%
1 Year growth
± 8.33%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Buena Vista County, IA grew at a rate of 0.155%, from 10.3k employees to 10.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Buena Vista County, IA, are Production Occupations (2,499 people), Sales & Related Occupations (945 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (859 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Buena Vista County, IA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

10.4k
2022 Value
± 609
0.155%
1 Year growth
± 8.33%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Buena Vista County, IA grew at a rate of 0.155%, from 10.3k employees to 10.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Buena Vista County, IA, are Manufacturing (3,302 people), Retail Trade (1,396 people), and Educational Services (1,182 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Buena Vista County, IA, though some of these residents may live in Buena Vista County, IA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$46,699
Median earning men ± $1,540
$33,475
Median earning women ± $2,196

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($59,917), Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($55,318), and Public Administration ($54,779).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($53,429), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($43,542), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($42,857).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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1.48%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.57M people employed in Iowa. This represents a 1.48% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.9%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Iowa.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 190
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  2. 153
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. 110
    Manufacturing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Buena Vista County, IA went to Donald J. Trump with 62.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (36.3%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.808%).

Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are the senators currently representing the state of Iowa. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Iowa is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Iowa

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Chuck Grassley
Senator from Iowa3
Assumed office on January 3, 1981
Joni Ernst
Senator from Iowa2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are the senators currently representing Iowa.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Iowa

Iowa is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Buena Vista County, IA awarded 691 degrees. The student population of Buena Vista County, IA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 600 male students and 1,373 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Buena Vista County, IA are White (567 and 82.8%), followed by Unknown (45 and 6.57%), Hispanic or Latino (40 and 5.84%), and Two or More Races (18 and 2.63%).

The largest universities in Buena Vista County, IA by number of degrees awarded are Buena Vista University (691 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Buena Vista County, IA are Elementary Education & Teaching (85 and 12.3%), General Human Services (60 and 8.68%), and Organizational Leadership (46 and 6.66%).

The median tuition cost in Buena Vista County, IA for private four year colleges is $38,644.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Buena Vista County, IA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 77.3%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 19.6%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 1,973 (30.4% men and 69.6% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 1,973 students enrolled in Buena Vista County, IA, 30.4% men and 69.6% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 1,587 records, of which 72.1% were women and 27.9% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 85 degrees awarded
  2. 60 degrees awarded
  3. 40 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Buena Vista County, IA was Elementary Education & Teaching with 85 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Buena Vista County, IA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
691 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Buena Vista University with 691 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 193 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Buena Vista County, IA, which is 0.388 times less than the 498 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 567 degrees mean that there were 12.6 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 45 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($38,644) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,146) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.66% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.685% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (751k), Some college (564k), and Bachelors Degree (469k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Buena Vista County, IA was $138,100 in 2022, which is 0.49 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $126,300 to $138,100, a 9.34% increase. The homeownership rate in Buena Vista County, IA is 70%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Buena Vista County, IA have an average commute time of 14.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Buena Vista County, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Buena Vista County, IA is $62,662. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Buena Vista County, IA was Census Tract 9606 with a value of $86,402, followed by Census Tract 9603 and Census Tract 9601, with respective values of $75,357 and $70,625.

In 2022, 14.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Buena Vista County, IA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 3.54%.

Property

$138,100
Median Property Value 2022
±$11,004
$5,280
Median Property Taxes
±$412

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Buena Vista County, IA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

70%
Homeownership
2022
62.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 70% of the housing units in Buena Vista County, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 68.7%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 9606
  2. Census Tract 9603
  3. Census Tract 9601

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Buena Vista County, IA was Census Tract 9606 with a value of $86,402, followed by Census Tract 9603 and Census Tract 9601, with respective values of $75,357 and $70,625.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Buena Vista County, IA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$62,662
Median Household Income
± $5,799
7.54k
Number of Households
± 543

In 2022, the median household income of the 7.54k households in Buena Vista County, IA grew to $62,662 from the previous year's value of $53,645.

The following chart displays the households in Buena Vista County, IA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Buena Vista County, IA is from Iowa.
0.442
2022 Wage GINI in Iowa
0.439
2021 Wage GINI in Iowa

In 2022, the income inequality in Iowa was 0.442 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.723% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Iowa was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Iowa in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (69.3%)
  2. Carpooled (17.3%)
  3. Walked (6.31%)

In 2022, 69.3% of workers in Buena Vista County, IA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (17.3%) and those who walked to work (6.31%).

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Commute Time

14.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Buena Vista County, IA have a shorter commute time (14.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.36% of the workforce in Buena Vista County, IA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Buena Vista County, IA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Buena Vista County, IA have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 14.6% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Buena Vista County, IA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 3.54%.

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Poverty & Diversity

7.08% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Buena Vista County, IA (1.39k out of 19.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 65 - 74 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Buena Vista County, IA is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 12% of the children was living in poverty in Buena Vista County, IA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 7.2%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 311 in Buena Vista County, IA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 35.3 per 100,000 population.

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Health

94% of the population of Buena Vista County, IA has health coverage, with 49.9% on employee plans, 19.6% on Medicaid, 11.9% on Medicare, 11.9% on non-group plans, and 0.731% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Buena Vista County, IA see 1784 patients per year on average, which represents a 10.2% decrease from the previous year (1987 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1648 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 2197 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50% were men and 50% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,784 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Buena Vista County, IA

Primary care physicians in Buena Vista County, IA see an average of 1,784 patients per year. This represents a 10.2% decrease from the previous year (1,987 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Buena Vista County, IA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 28.9% under 18 years, 20.6% between 18 and 34 years, 34.9% between 35 and 64 years, and 15.6% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50% were men and 50% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.99%
Uninsured
49.9%
Employer Coverage
19.6%
Medicaid
11.9%
Medicare
11.9%
Non-Group
0.731%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Buena Vista County, IA declined by 15% from 7.04% to 5.99%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was N/A in Buena Vista County, IA.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 33.2% in Buena Vista County, IA.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 10.2% in Buena Vista County, IA.

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