Emmetsburg is a city in Palo Alto County, Iowa, United States. The population was 3,958 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Palo Alto County. Emmetsburg is home to a campus of Iowa Lakes Community College. Emmetsburg was named one of the top 100 places to live in the United States by Relocate-America.com's "America's Top 100 Places to Live for 2007." Emmetsburg is located around the southern bay of Five Island Lake. The community is served by KEMB-LP FM, a low power community radio station.
Emmetsburg is located at 43°6′40″N 94°40′55″W / 43.11111°N 94.68194°W / 43.11111; -94.68194 (43.110996, -94.681921).
The city lies just to the east of the Des Moines River. In 2010 the town was the subject of a Depression-era online novel "Emmetsburg" at livingfictionproject.blogspot.com, by W.C. Turck.