Emmetsburg is a city in Palo Alto County, Iowa, United States. The population was 3,904 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Palo Alto County. Emmetsburg is home to a campus of Iowa Lakes Community College. Emmetsburg was named one of the top 100 places to live in the United States by Relocate-America. com's "America's Top 100 Places to Live for 2007. " Emmetsburg is located around the southern bay of Five Island Lake.