About This Place
Storm Lake is a city in Buena Vista County, Iowa, United States. The population was 10,600 in the 2010 census, an increase from 10,076 in the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Buena Vista County. Storm Lake is home to Buena Vista University, originally Buena Vista College. Tyson Foods operates a large hog slaughterhouse and meat packing plant here, and Sara Lee has a turkey processing plant. The financial company MetaBank is based in Storm Lake.
Storm Lake is located in the northwestern part of the state, near its namesake Storm Lake. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10 km2), all of it land.
The 2010 census recorded a population of 10,600 in the city, with a population density of 2,650/sq mi (1,023/km2). There were 3,791 housing units, of which 3,536 were occupied.