Palo Alto 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: Northwest Iowa
County Average CSR2:
CSR2 Weighted Average: 77

CSR2 Cropland Average: 82

State Average CSR2: 68.6
Average Price per CSR2 Point: $136.52
County Size: 564 sq miles
Farmland Acres: 327,733 total acres, 305,714 Cropland acres, 2,536 Woodland acres, 19,483 Other acres

Average Farmland Value (Price Per Acre):
Average Farmland Value for Northwest Iowa:
Highest Known Farmland Sale in County:
12/2012 31 Acres 66 CSR $20,109 /acre

Average County Rent: $258
Rent Range: $228 – $288 per acre
Average rent for Northwest Iowa:
Rent per CSR Point:
$3.35 per CSR2

Improved Permanent Pasture:
$74.00/a regional average
Unimproved Permanent Pasture: $56.00/a regional average
Stalk Grazing per Acre:
$7.00/a regional average
Hunting Rights per Acre:

Towns: Ayrshire, Emmetsburg, Rodman, Curlew, Graettinger, Ruthven, Cylinder, Mallard, West Bend

Unincorporated Areas:

Townships: Lost Island, Walnut, Veon, Independence, Highland, Emmetsburg, Freedom, Fairfield, Silver Lake, Great Oak, Nevada, Fe Valley, Booth, Rush Lake, Blington, West Bend

History: Palo Alto County is located in the northwest region of the state of Iowa. The county has a total area of 569 square miles that contain a variety of lakes including Five Island Lake, Lost Island Lake, Rush Lake, and Silver Lake. Communities include Ayrshire, Curlew, Cylinder, Emmetsburg, Graettinger, Mallard, Rodman, Ruthven and West Bend.

The population of Palo Alto County is 9,421 (according to the 2010 census). County business is done at the county seat in Emmetsburg. Most offices are located at the historic 1880s courthouse located downtown near the business district.

Additional Information: Learn more on the Palo Alto County Iowa Economic Development website.


Recent Farmland Sales in this County

9/16/22 80 Acres; $12,400/acre; 85.4 CSR2; 98% tillable

8/11/22 113.08 Acres; $6,750/acre; 65.3 CSR2; 97% tillable

6/30/22 65 acres; $19,400/acre; 86.1 CSR2; $225.32/CSR2; 99.51% tillable

6/30/22 75 acres; $17,000/acre; 84.7 CSR2; $200.1/CSR2; 98.13% tillable

6/7/22 39.68 acres; $13,000/acre; 82.1 CSR2; $158.34/CSR2; 100% tillable

6/7/22 118.72 acres; $10,500/acre; 70.5 CSR2; $148.9/CSR2; 100% tillable

6/7/22 130.05 acres; $11,900/acre; 80.1 CSR2; $148.56/CSR2; 100% tillable

6/7/22 90.01 acres; $6,975/acre; 51.8 CSR2; $134.65/CSR2; 100% tillable

1/26/22 157.9 Acres; $12,100/acre; 82.1 CSR2; 91% tillable


All farmland values for Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto 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 Palo Alto County on the Find an Iowa Estate Lawyer website by the Iowa Bar Association.

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