O'Brien County
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O’Brien County

Location: Northwest Iowa
County Average CSR: 71.8 weighted average, 74 Cropland Average, 95 CSR2 Cropland Average
State Average CSR:
  • State Average CSR

    62.5
Average Price per CSR Point: $172.47
County Size: 573 sq miles
Farmland Acres: 358,472 total acres, 330,094 Cropland acres, 2,104 Woodland acres, 26,274 Other acres

Average Farmland Value (Price Per Acre): $12,384
Average Farmland Value for Northwest Iowa: $10,960
Highest Known Farmland Sale in County:

Average County Rent: $269.00
Rent Range: $145/a to $525/a
Average rent for Northwest Iowa: $270.00
Rent per CSR Point: $2.83 per CSR2
Improved Permanent Pasture: $108.00/a
Unimproved Permanent Pasture: $71.00/a
Stalk Grazing per Acre: $11.00/a regional average
Hunting Rights per Acre: $27.00/a regional average

Towns: Archery, Hartley, Primghar, Sheldon, Calumet, Paullina, Sanborn, Sutherland

Unincorporated Areas: Germantown

Townships: Floyd, Franklin, Lincoln, Hartley, Carroll, Summit, Center, Omega, Baker, Dale, Highland, Grant, Caledonia, Union, Liberty, Waterman

History: O'Brien County was named for William Smith O'Brien, a leader for Irish independence in 1848, and is the only O'Brien County in the United States. O'Brien County was founded in 1851. The present courthouse was completed in 1917, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Additional Information: O'Brien County Iowa website.

Information updated as of 11/18/14. Compiled from sources including Iowa State University, O’Brien County Extension Office, O’Brien 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.