Introduction to Algona, Iowa

Algona, Iowa, in Kossuth county, is located 78 miles NW of Ames, Iowa (center to center) and 140 miles S of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The city has a population of 5,741.

Algona History

Algona was founded by Asa and Ambrose Call in 1854. The city derived its name from an Indian term for Algonquin waters. L.S. Rogers purchased the land in June 1874. It was originally named as Valley City. The first post office of the area was established in the early 1900s and the city adopted its present name. Claude Googe became the first postmaster. Algona was incorporated in 1955 and Ward Thomas was elected as the first mayor of the city.

Algona and nearby Attractions

  • Ambrose A. Call State Park
  • Algona P.W. Camp Museum
  • Grotto of the Redemption
  • Hobo Museum
  • Allee Mansion
  • Eagle Grove Museum

Things To Do In Algona

While in Algona visitors can spend their free hours at the Blackford Park, Maple Park, and Central Park. The city also includes many houses of worship such as the Algona Evangelical Free Church, Saint Thomas Episcopal Church, Bible Baptist Church, and Faith Assembly of God Church. The Kossuth County Historical Museum, Algona P.W. Camp Museum, and Ambrose A. Call State Park are also worth visiting. Besides, the city hosts events like Band Day Festival, Kossuth County Fair, and Founders' Day every year.

Algona Transportation

Flights can be availed from Fort Dodge Regional Airport.

Algona Higher Education

Iowa Central Community College, North Iowa Area Community College, Buena Vista University, and other colleges and universities offer facilities for higher education.


Total Population 5,513
Male Share of the Population 45.5%
Female Share of the Population 54.5%
Senior Citizens 26.2%
Employed Population 16+ 2,725
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 54.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.5%
Median Earnings25+ $31,579
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,644
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,246


Median Family Income $63,261
% Above Poverty Level 89.8%
% Below Poverty Level 10.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 12 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%


People Living Alone 39.9%
Median Gross Rent $575
Median House Value $98,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 6.3%
US/American 0%
English 7.7%
Irish 15.5%

Algona Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 78 miles NW of Ames, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 140 miles S of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Kossuth
Standard Zip Codes 50511
Phone Area Codes 515
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.07
Longitude -94.232

Algona Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ALGONA 3 W
Distance 3.4 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 23 F
Apr Temp 33 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 60 F
Annual Precip 30.6 inches
Station BRITT
Distance 22 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 22 F
Apr Temp 35 to 56 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 59 F
Annual Precip 31.5 inches
Station HUMBOLDT 3 W
Distance 24.5 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 25 F
Apr Temp 37 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 32.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Algona, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Hobarton (50511)

Saint Benedict (50511)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Burt 544 $54,375
Livermore 407 $58,542
Lone Rock 125 $48,750

Algona Public Libraries

Algona Public Library
Algona, Iowa
(515) 295-5476

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