Jefferson County, Iowa

 The following information is from Iowa State University’s Land Survey that’s released each December. Data on this page can be up to 12 months old. To see current averages and most recent results click here

Location: Southeast Iowa
County Average CSR2:
CSR2 Weighted Average: 61

CSR2 Cropland Average: 76

State Average CSR2: 68.6
Average Price per CSR2 Point: $92.70
County Size: 435 sq miles
Farmland Acres: 228,017 total acres, 178,100 Cropland acres, 20,096 Woodland acres, 29,821 Other acres

Average Farmland Value (Price Per Acre):
Average Farmland Value for Southeast Iowa:
Highest Known Farmland Sale in County:

Average County Rent: $253
Rent Range: $195-$314 per acre
Average rent for Southeast Iowa:
Rent per CSR Point:

Improved Permanent Pasture:
$69.00/ Regional Average
Unimproved Permanent Pasture: $49.00/a Regional Average
Stalk Grazing per Acre:
Hunting Rights per Acre:

Towns: Batavia, Coppock, Fairfield, Libertyville, Lockridge, Maharishi Vedic City, Packwood, Pleasant Plain

Unincorporated Areas:

Townships: Polk, Black Hawk, Penn, Walnut, Locust Grove, Center, Buchanan, Lockridge, Des Moines, Liberty, Cedar, Round Prairie

History: The first settler to be (July 1836) in what became Jefferson County was William Coop, son of Col. W. G. Coop. Enough settlers had moved into this territory by 1838 that the Territory of Iowa was approved by Congress on June 12, 1838, having been created from the Wisconsin Territory, which, in tu, had been created from land acquired in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase. Jefferson County came into being on January 21, 1839, as the result of an act (“An act to divide the county of Henry and establish the county of Jefferson”) presented by Col. W. G. Coop to the Iowa Territorial Legislature. Three Commissioners were appointed, whose first task was to locate and establish the seat of Justice of Jefferson County. Fairfield was chosen (over Lockridge as Col. Coop wanted), largely because of its central location and pleasant setting on an elevated prairie. Although Henry B. Notson had some sort of claim on the land, he relinquished it, and the town was laid out in April 1839. Fairfield was incorporated in 1847. The first election of County Officials was held on the first Monday of April 1839, when three County Commissioners, a Treasurer, a Sheriff, a Recorder and a Surveyor were elected. A change was made in 1851 – a County Court was created by the State of Iowa (Iowa became a State of the Union on December 28, 1846), which gave the County Judge powers previously exercised by the Board of County Commissioners. But on March 22, 1860, the State Legislature passed an act creating a Board of County Supervisors for each county, replacing the powers of the County Judge. An elected Supervisor from each township served on the Board, but this system was not popular and in 1871 the law was changed to a three-member Board of Supervisors. A wooden courthouse was completed in December of 1839, but it was moved to allow a stone and brick courthouse to be built (completed in January, 1851). The current courthouse was built in 1892 at a new location.

Additional Information: Learn more on the Jefferson County Iowa website.


Recent Farmland Sales in this County

6/27/22 154.18 acres; 73.8 CSR2; $10,400/acre; $140.92/CSR2; 93.4% tillable

March 2022 144.93 acres; 130.98 tillable acres; $12,000/tillable acre; 66.80 CSR2; $179.64/CSR2; $1,571,760; 90.37% tillable

10/5/21 78.94 Acres; 71.2 CSR2; $13,200/acre

10/5/21 21.82 Acres; 83 CSR2; $13,800/acre


All farmland values for Jefferson 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.


You can find Farmland For Sale in Jefferson County Iowa at  Need the advice of a qualified farmland professional?  Our professional staff of Iowa auctioneers and land brokers at DreamDirt would be happy to visit with you about your situation and help guide you through the process of making an informed decision about selling farmland.  Want to continue your research?  You can find a wealth of information on our Farmland Sales and Auction Blog.


If you are searching for an estate attorney to help you with legal work of an estate in Iowa you can search for Estate Attorneys in Jefferson County on the Find an Iowa Estate Lawyer website by the Iowa Bar Association.

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