While Storm Lake has seen a 15 percent increase in population over the last 10 years, many other towns in the county have seen a decrease, according to U.S. Census data.
Much of Storm Lake's increase is attributed to the rise of its Latino population, which now accounts for one-fifth of Storm Lake's 10,076 citizens.
Census figures released this week show several area communities down in population. Newell dropped under 1,000.
Twenty-one percent of Storm Lake's population is Hispanic or Latino, or about 2,121 people.
Alta's population increase is also due largely to Hispanic immigration. Only 35 people indicated Hispanic origin in 1990. That jumped to 198 of Hispanic origin in the 2000 Census or 10.6 percent of Alta's population.
Linn Grove's population increase, from 194 in 1990 to 211 in the 2000 Census, means the city will have to publish its budgets in an official newspaper instead of just posting it, since population is over 200 people.
Overall, Buena Vista County had a slight increase of 3 percent, with most of that coming from the urban increase in Hispanic immigrants.
The rural area of Buena Vista County decreased by almost 500 people over the last ten years. The latest figures show 4,838 living in the rural areas of Buena Vista County, down from 5,322 in 1990.
All of the counties bordering Buena Vista also saw decreases in population, according to U.S. Census data.
Read the rest of this story in the 3/15 Pilot Tribune.