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O'BRIEN COUNTY IOWA

Iowa Land Information

Learn about farmland for sale in O'Brien County, Iowa, right here. Average land prices, the biggest towns within the county, the available land for sale, and many additional resources that will help make your Iowa land search easier. Contact your O'Brien County land agent with any questions or to request a FREE farm appraisal.

Location: Northern Iowa Average Farmland Value: $13,323 is the average price of farmland in the county. To learn the most current county average farmland value or to learn what your farm value is contact Land Broker David Whitaker 515-996-LAND (5263) Average Farmland Value for Iowa $11,581 an acre

Land Auctions in 2022 prior to October: There was 16 farmland auction in O'Brien County in 2022. There were 1682 Acres sold at auction. The average farmland price per acre was $17,200 The average $/CSR2 was $209/ CSR2 Land Auctions in 2021: There were 21 farmland auctions in O'Brien County in 2021. There were 1818 Acres sold at auction. The average farmland price per acre was $13,857 The average $/CSR2 was $164/ CSR2 Land Auctions in 2020: There were 21 farmland auctions in O'Brien County in 2020. There were 1918 Acres sold at auction. The average farmland price per acre was $9,835 The average $/CSR2 was $119/ CSR2

Average CSR2 Rating: 91.4 2021 USDA Average Corn Yield: 214.3 2021 USDA Average Soybean Yield: 65.3 ISU Average Cash Rent Per Acre in 2022: $261 ISU Average County Cash Rent Per Acre Pasture: $50-$100 Towns: Primghar, Paullina, Sutherland, Sanborn, Hartley, Calumet, Archer Adjacent Counties: Osceola , Clay, Cherokee, Sioux

County Seat: Primghar

County Website: Learn more about the county at O'Brien County Website Additional O'Brien County Agricultural Informational Website: O'Brien County Iowa Farm Service Agency

County Assessor: You can learn individual farm information; parcel ID numbers, farm taxes, recent land sales, and even landowners names and mailing addresses on the county Assessor Page here. FREE Farm Appraisal: Thank you for your interest in the current land values. Fill out our simple contact form or contact David Whitaker your local land agent at 515-966-LAND (5263)

O'Brien County History: O'Brien County is a county in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2020 United States Census, the population was 14,182.

By the time Iowa attained statehood (28 December 1848), its Territorial Legislature had created 44 counties. On 15 January 1851 the new State Legislature created another 49 counties, defining them by lines of survey. O'Brien was among the 49 units thus created. It consists of four survey townships, each formed by 36 square miles arranged in a 6x6 layout, for a nominal 576 square miles total area. The county was named for William Smith O'Brien, a leader for Irish independence in 1848.

The new county's first settler arrived in 1856; Hannibal H. Waterman brought his wife and a daughter to the southeast portion (present Waterman Township). His homestead formed the nucleus of the county's first community, and a small building was erected there to function as a courthouse.

By 1872 the county comprised several small communities, and residents of those groups felt the county's business should be conducted in a more central location. An election was held, the outcome of which was to create a new county seat at its midpoint. A 40-acre (16.2 hectare) tract at the center of the county was surveyed and platted; its name (Primghar) was created from the initials of eight persons involved with the platting. The previous courthouse building was transported to this new location.

In 1874 a 35-foot square building was erected on the present location at a cost of $2,000, to replace the first structure. It was replaced in 1887 by a larger structure. The County Board of Supervisors authorized its construction, at a cost not to exceed $5,000 (the maximum amount the County was authorized to commit). To keep within this limit, members of the new community agreed to haul the building materials without charge from railroad stops at Sanborn and Paullina. The present courthouse was completed in 1917, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Wikipedia page

O'Brien County Iowa State Map