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There are 542 USDA backed residential loans in Story county with an average loan balance of $118,409. Over 84% of the loans helped first time home buyers. Borrowers were an average age of 36 years old. The typical appraised home value was around $119,791. On average the rural home size purchased with this loan was approximately 1,357 SqFt. Alternate income limits exist to determine loan eligibility in Story county. For a household of upto 4 people the income limit is $102,550. For a household of between 5 and 8 people the income limit increases to $135,350.

The size of Story County is roughly 1,484 square kilometers. USDA defined regions of rural loan ineligibility in Story cover 171 square kilometers of the county. Approximately 11.5% of Story County is ineligible for traditional USDA home loans. The influence score for Story County is 5. Look below for the interactive county level map illustration below for more details.


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Ames   •   Bloomington   •   *Cambridge   •   *Collins   •   *Colo   •   Fernald   •   *Gilbert   •   *Huxley   •   Iowa Center   •   *Kelley   •   *Maxwell   •   *McCallsburg   •   Midvale   •   *Nevada   •   RobisonWhitaker Acres   •   *Roland   •   *Sheldahl   •   Shipley   •   *Slater   •   *Story City   •   *Zearing   •   Zenorsville

A USDA loan is a mortgage option available to eligible homebuyers that is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture to promote homeownership in rural communities. USDA Loans, sometimes called "RD Loans," offer 100% financing options on eligible rural properties. USDAProperties can help you find USDA properties in Story County.

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Story County, located in the heart of Iowa, was established in 1846 and named after Chief Justice Joseph Story, a prominent figure in early American legal history. The county seat of Story County is Nevada, which is pronounced "Neh-VAY-dah," rather than like the state of Nevada. The county covers an area of about 573 square miles.

Story County has a vibrant history and played a significant role in the early settlement and expansion of Iowa. The earliest settlers in the region were primarily of European descent, with strong representation from the Norwegians, Germans, and Irish. Agriculture has been a central aspect of the county's economy since its founding, with diversified crops and livestock production sustaining generations of farming families.

In 1858, the Iowa Agriculture College and Model Farm, which would later become Iowa State University, was founded in the county. Located in Ames, the University has been a leader in research and education, particularly in agricultural sciences, engineering, and veterinary medicine. Iowa State University has shaped the county's growth and development for over 160 years.

A fun fact about Story County is that it contains a unique attraction known as the Twisted Forest. Located near Ames, the Twisted Forest is a small woodland area with many unusually twisted trees that have grown into strange and fascinating shapes. The reason for the twisted growth remains a mystery, and the forest has become a popular spot for locals and visitors seeking a bit of natural wonder.


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Featured Properties from USDA Loan Eligible Regions of Story County
12620 N 91st Ave W
Collins, IA

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805 S Glen Ave
Nevada, IA

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4142 Eisenhower Ln Unit 1
Ames, IA

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230 Cedar Dr
Gilbert, IA

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