Palo Alto County is located in northwest Iowa. The County Seat is Emmetsburg and the largest city is Emmetsburg. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.paloaltoiowa.com/. The 2014 population estimate is 9,099 and the 2010 census population was 9,421. The land area is 563.84 square miles and there are 16.7 persons per square mile.
97.4% of the population is White, 0.7% is Black or African American, 1.9% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.5% is Asian, 0.3% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1% is two or more races. 90% have a high school degree or higher, and 16.5% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $83,400, there are 3,948 households, an average of 2.28 persons per household. The per capita income is $25,055, the median household income is $44,663, and 9.2% of the persons in Palo Alto County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 937. Retail sales (in $1000) were $65,829, and sales per capita were $6,988.
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