Story 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: Central Iowa
County Average CSR2:
CSR2 Weighted Average: 80.2

CSR2 Cropland Average: 87

State Average CSR2: 68.6
Average Price per CSR2 Point: $132.03
County Size: 573 sq miles
Farmland Acres: 340,885 total acres, 316,839 Cropland acres, 6,308 Woodland acres, 17,738 Other acres

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

Average County Rent: $275
Rent Range: $245-$309
Average rent for Central Iowa:
Rent per CSR Point:

Improved Permanent Pasture:
$98.00/a Regional Average
Unimproved Permanent Pasture: $71.00/a Regional Average
Stalk Grazing per Acre:
$8.00/a Regional Average
Hunting Rights per Acre:
$21.00/a Regional Average

Towns: Ames, Huxley, Roland, Cambridge, Kelley, Sheldahl, Collins, Maxwell, Slater, Colo, McCallsburg, Story City, Gilbert, Nevada, Zearing

Unincorporated Areas:

Townships: Lafayette, Howard, Warren, Lincoln, Franklin, Milford, Richland, Sherman, Washington, Grant, Nevada, New Albany, Palestine, Union, Indian Creek, Collins

History: The land that today is known as Story County was originally prairie with the exception of some groves along the larger streams in the area. In 1846 the boundaries of Story County were established. The County has an area of 576 square miles (1,490 km2) and is square in shape. The county was named after Joseph Story, a preeminent United States Supreme Court Justice, in 1853. The first settlers in Story County came mainly from Indiana, New York and Pennsylvania. Later, many Norwegians, Germans and Danes came directly from overseas and inhabited the area. The first large population influx occurred during the 1850s. Story County was not mentioned in the Federal Census in 1850, but figures from the State of Iowa put the population at 214 in 1852. By 1860 the population had increased to 4,501.

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


Recent Farmland Sales in this County

10/7/22 56 Acres; $11,100/acre; 66.4 CSR2; 94% tillable

8/18/22 80 Acres; $15,700/acre; 88 CSR2; 96.1% tillable

7/27/22 116 Acres; $20,000/acre; 83.3 CSR2; 94.83% tillable

5/3/22 115.03 Acres; 97% tillable; 86.5 CSR2; $19,200/acre

4/19/22 154.16 Acres; 140 Tillable Acres; 79.4 CSR2; $14,700/acre

4/5/22 73.5 acres; 68 tillable acres; $18,300/acres; 87.4 CSR2; $209.38/CSR2; $1,244,400; 92.52% tillable

March 2022 80 acres; 76.28 tillable acres; $19,000/tillable acre; 86 CSR2; $220.93/CSR2; $1,449,320; 95.35% tillable

March 2022 107 acres; 102 tillable acres; $11,000/tillable acre; 72.3 CSR2; $152.14/CSR2; $1,122,000; 95.33% tillable

2/23/22 56.16 Acres; $11,700/acre; 85.6 CSR2; 78% tillable

10/5/21 236.99 Acres; 84 CSR2; $14,700/acre


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