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Things to do: nature, shopping
Spirit Lake is a city in Dickinson County, Iowa, United States. The population was 4,840 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Dickinson County.The town is located along the western shore of East Okoboji Lake, in the Iowa Great Lakes region.HistoryThe Dakota Sioux originated the name of "Spirit Lake" referring to it as "The Lake of The Spirit." In 1856, three brothers-in-law created the town of Spirit Lake after a visit to the Lakes area piqued their interest. The three brothers-in-law, O.C. Howe, B.F. Parmenter, and R.U. Wheelock, were soon joined by various other settlers, making homes along the lakes' shores. These settlers however, did not get along peacefully with the natives, and on March 13, 1857 Chief Inkpaduta of the Sioux led a revolt against the non-native settlers, killing all but four women.GeographyAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.65sqmi, of which, 4.63sqmi is land and 0.02sqmi is water.Demographics2010 censusAs of the census of 2010, there were 4,840 people, 2,157 households, and 1,268 families residing in the city. The population density was 1045.4PD/sqmi. There were 2,578 housing units at an average density of 556.8/sqmi. The racial makeup of the city was 97.7% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.
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