|County Average CSR:||59.5 weighted average, 64 Cropland Average, 80 CSR2 Cropland Average|
|State Average CSR:|
|Average Price per CSR2 Point:||$157.98|
|County Size:||588 sq miles|
|Farmland Acres:||348,492 total acres, 315,326 Cropland acres, 1,192 Woodland acres, 31,974 Other acres|
|Average Farmland Value (Price Per Acre):||$9,400|
|Average Farmland Value for Northwest Iowa:||$9,388|
|Highest Known Farmland Sale in County:|
|Average County Rent:||$251.00|
|Rent Range:||$200/a to $302/a|
|Average rent for Northwest Iowa:||$237.00|
|Rent per CSR Point:||$3.14 per CSR2|
|Improved Permanent Pasture:||$82.00/a Region 1 Average|
|Unimproved Permanent Pasture:||$79.00/a Region 1 Average|
|Stalk Grazing per Acre:||$14/a Region 1 Average|
|Hunting Rights per Acre:||$20/a Region 1 Average|
Towns: Alvord, Inwood, Lester, Doon, Rock Rapids, George, Larchwood, Little Rock,
Unincorporated Areas: Beloit, Granite, Klondike, Edna,
Townships: Sioux, Larchwood, Allison, Riverside, Midland, Elgin, Centennial, Logan, Cleveland, Rock, Liberal, Grant, Lyon, Richland, Doon, Garfield, Wheeler, Dale
History: The land that makes up Lyon County was ceded to the federal govement by the Sioux Indians through a treaty signed on July 23, 1851. The boundaries of the county were set on January 15, 1851 and attached to Woodbury County (then called Wahkaw County) for administration purposes. Lyon County officially split from Woodbury County on January 1, 1872. The first white man to live in Lyon County was Daniel McLaren, known as "Uncle Dan". He lived near the Sioux River for a short time, spending his time hunting and trapping. He moved out of the county very early in its settlement to stake a claim further west. The second settler in the area was known as "Old Tom", a hunter and trapper who lived briefly near present-day Rock Rapids. While setting his traps, Old Tom was killed by Sioux Indians. In 1862-1863, a group of men from the east coast spent time in the county on a hunting trip. They were: Roy McGregor, George Clark and Thomas Lockhart. During the winter, Lockhart and McGregor were hunting elk along the Little Rock creek and encountered a group of Sioux Indians. Lockhart was killed by an arrow, but McGregor was able to escape and rejoin Clark. The two continued to hunt and trap until March 1863. During a spring flood, Clark was drowned and McGregor decided to move back east. The first permanent settlement in Lyon County was built by Lewis P. Hyde in July 1866. The county's population reached 100 persons in 1869, entirely through migration and settlement. The first white child bo in the county was Odena Lee, bo on May 28, 1871. The first election in the county was held on October 10, 1871, and recorded 97 votes.
Additional Information: Lea more on the Lyon County Iowa website.
Information updated as of 1/29/18. Compiled from sources including Iowa State University, Lyon County Extension Office, Lyon County courthouse records, Surety Maps, Wikipedia, Iowa Department of Transportation and USDA. An attempt has been made to verify information but it is not guaranteed to be accurate. Confirm all information that you must rely for decision making purposes.