Black Hawk County, Iowa Farmland Prices and Land Auction Information

The following information is from Iowa State University’s Land Survey that’s released each December. It is only a guide and won’t apply exactly to your farmland.  Last update 12/2023. Data on this page can be up to 12 months old. To see current Iowa land prices and most recent farmland sales results click here

Black Hawk County Iowa Farmland Value Profile

Black Hawk County Iowa Farmland Value Profile
  • The average value of farmland in Black Hawk County is $14,202 per acre which is up $611 from 2022 to 2023.
  • The average price of tillable farmland per CSR2 point in Black Hawk County is $167.08 for 2023 land auctions.
  • Black Hawk County is ranked 11 in the state of Iowa in average dollars per acre for tillable farmland.
  • The highest sale of farmland in Black Hawk County in 2023 was $19,400 per acre.
Location North East Iowa
County Size 567 sq. miles
Total Acres 285,972
Cropland Acres 263,418
Average Price Per Acre Farmland $14,202
Average Price Per Acre for North East, IA $12,060
CSR2 Weighted Average 73.9
CSR2 Cropland Average 85
State Average CSR2 68.6
Average Price per CSR2 $159.89
Average County Rent $307
Rent Range $246 - $384
Average rent for Northeast Iowa $307
Rent per CSR2 Point $3.57
Improved Permanent Pasture $87
Unimproved Permanent Pasture $60
Stalk Grazing per Acre $13
Hunting Rights per Acre $15

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Towns: Cedar Falls, Gilbertville, Laporte City, Dunkerton, Hudson, Raymond, Elk Run Heights, Janesville, Waterloo, Evansdale, Jesup

Unincorporated Areas: Dewar, Finchford, Voorhies, Eagle Center, Glasgow, Washbu

Townships: Barclay, Eagle, Orange, Bennington, East Waterloo, Poyner, Big Creek, Fox, Spring Creek, Black Hawk, Lester, Union, Cedar, Lincoln, Washington, Cedar Falls, Mount Veon


Black Hawk County, located in northeastern Iowa, has a rich history that encompasses Native American heritage, European-American settlement, and industrial development. Originally inhabited by Native American tribes such as the Meskwaki (Fox) and Sauk, the area saw the arrival of European-American settlers in the mid-19th century. Black Hawk County was officially established on February 17, 1843, and it was named after Chief Black Hawk, a prominent leader of the Sauk tribe.

The fertile land in the county attracted pioneers, leading to the establishment of farms and communities. Waterloo, the largest city and county seat, became a key center for commerce and industry, particularly with the advent of the railroad in the mid-19th century. The Cedar River, flowing through the county, also played a crucial role in transportation and economic activities.

Black Hawk County has a diversified economy, with manufacturing, agriculture, and healthcare sectors contributing significantly. The county’s industrial development, including manufacturing and meat processing, has been a key economic driver.

Cedar Falls, another prominent city in the county, is known for its educational institutions, including the University of Northern Iowa.

Black Hawk County Iowa Farmland Sales Resources

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Recent Farmland Sales in this County

11/9/23 34.23 Acres; $15,600/acre; 89.1 CSR2; 97.5% tillable

11/9/23 38 Acres; $9,100/acre; 62 CSR2; 98.8% tillable

11/10/23 120 Acres; $15,000/acre; 88.2 CSR2; 94.5% tillable

11/10/23 76.23 Acres; $18,500/acre; 91 CSR2; 95.42% tillable

11/30/23 80 Acres; $14,400/acre; 87.3 CSR2; 98.5% tillable

11/30/23 67 Acres; $14,100/acre; 88.1 CSR2; 93.2% tillable

10/18/23 80 Acres; $13,200/acre; 87.8 CSR2; 94% tillable

10/18/23 90 Acres; $14,200/acre; 88.1 CSR2; 99% tillable

9/19/23 118.1 Acres; $15,900/acre; 87.5 CSR2; 90.45% tillable

7/13/23 76.7 Acres; $19,400/acre; 92.4 CSR2; 100% tillable

3/2/23 76 Acres; $4,300/acre; 66.1 CSR2; 76% tillable

7/21/22 40 Acres; $19,600/acre; 88.2 CSR2; 97% tillable

7/21/22 237 Acres; $17,700/acre; 87 CSR2; 94% tillable

7/12/22 61.23 Acres; $12,800/acre; 89.5 CSR2; $143.02/CSR2; 89% tillable

7/7/22 117 acres; $9,500/acre; 71.8 CSR2; $132.31/CSR2; 98.51% tillable

6/29/22 74.78 acres; $15,100/acre; 83.3 CSR2; $181.27/CSR2; 100% tillable

6/29/22 38 acres; $9,300/acre; 68.5 CSR2; $135.77/CSR2; 90.53% tillable

6/21/22 136.6 acres; $5,700/acre; 49 CSR2; $116.33/CSR2; 95.39% tillable

9/30/21 173.94 Acres; 89.5 CSR2; $11,700/acre

Jason J. Smith, CAI

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Black Hawk County Iowa Farmland Sales

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Licensed to sell real estate in the state of Iowa

Black Hawk County Farmland Values and Averages

All farmland values for Black Hawk County are stated as averages and are not a guarantee of value in any given situation.  If you need a written farmland appraisal you should call us at 855-376-3478 to discuss how we can help you. Farmland prices can change quickly and some information on this website can be up to 12 months old depending on when you view it.  All sale results are dated so you can see the date of the sale however averages are calculated in December of each year and are based on a September to September study.

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