Spirit Lake, Iowa

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Spirit Lake is a city in Dickinson County, Iowa, United States. The population was 4,261 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Dickinson County[1].

The town is located along the western shore of East Okoboji Lake, in the Iowa Great Lakes region. Spirit Lake is served by KUOO-FM and KUQQ-FM.



Spirit Lake is located at 43°25′23″N 95°6′15″W / 43.42306°N 95.10417°W / 43.42306; -95.10417 (43.423112, -95.104283)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.7 km²), of which, 3.3 square miles (8.6 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.60%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 4,261 people, 1,792 households, and 1,130 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,280.2 people per square mile (494.0/km²). There were 2,024 housing units at an average density of 608.1/sq mi (234.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.99% White, 0.14% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.63% of the population.

There were 1,792 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.6% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% were non-families. 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 85.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.6 males.

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