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Palo Alto County, IA Public Records

District Court
1010 Broadway, Ste 200
Emmetsburg, IA 50536 www.iowacourts.gov/About_the_Cour...
Hours: 8AM-4:30PM M-F CST
P: 712-852-3603
F: 712-852-2274
Jurisdiction: Felony, Misdemeanor, Civil, Small Claims, Eviction, Small Claims, Probate, Family, Traffic, Ordinance
Restricted Records: No juvenile, sealed, dissolution of marriage, mental health, domestic abuse or deferred records released
Judicial Magistrates, part of the District Court, have jurisdiction over simple misdemeanors, including scheduled violations, county and municipal infractions, and small claims.

Palo Alto County, IA Vital Records

Contact the Palo Alto County Office of the County Recorder if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Palo Alto County
County Recorder
1010 Broadway
Emmetsburg, IA 50536
Call for appointment CST
Phone: 712-852-3701
Fax: 712-852-3704
Recorded Documents

Palo Alto County Vital Certificates

Palo Alto County Vital Certificates

If you would like to obtain a hard copy of a birth, death, marriage, divorce, or other vital record, you can do so by searching for and requesting a vital certificate. Vital certificates are hard copy documents, the same as those used by the United States government.

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Palo Alto County Population Records

Total Land Area (2000): 563.83 sq mi
Population (2009): 9,279
  • Females: 50.8%
  • White: 98.5%
  • Black/African American: 0.2%
  • Asian: 0.4%
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino Origin: 1.3%
  • White, Not Hispanic: 97.3%
Population Change (2000-2009): -868
Foreign-Born Population (2000): 0.9%
Language other than English spoken at home (2000): 3.0%
Persons Below Poverty Level (2008): 11.4%
High School Graduates (2000): 83.7%
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (2000): 13.9%
Persons per Household (2000): 2.37
Housing Units (2000): 4,631
Homeownership Rate (2000): 74.1%
Migration Flow to Palo Alto County, IA from (2007-2008):

Palo Alto County Records

Total Earnings by Industry, in thou. dol. (2007):
  • Total: $204,494
  • Construction: $5,568
  • Retail Trade: $12,726
  • Professional and Technical Services: $3,017
  • Healthcare: $0
  • Banking: $6,853
  • Retail Trade: $12,726
  • Accommodations and Food Services: $9,696
  • Manufacturing: $30,632
  • Farms: $56,020
  • Government: $40,224
Employed (2000): 4,912
Unemployed (2000): 106
Unemployment Rate (2009): 6.6%
Annual Payroll per Employee (2007): $31,782
Local Government Employment (2007): 965
Local Government Revenue (2007): $38,560 (thou. dol.)
Local Government Debt (2007): $10,554 (thou. dol.)

Palo Alto County Birth, Death Records

Births (2007): 118
  • Per 1,000 population: 12.5
Deaths (2007): 138
  • Per 1,000 population: 14.6
Infant Deaths (2007): 1
  • Per 1,000 population: 8.5

Palo Alto County Criminal Records

Violent Crimes (2008): 9
  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter: 0
  • Forcible rape: 1
  • Robbery: 0
  • Aggravated Assault: 8
Property Crimes (2008): 58
  • Burglary: 30
  • Larceny-Theft: 28
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: 0

Palo Alto County Genealogy Records