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Overview

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.

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.

People

Total Population 5,494
Male Share of the Population 47%
Female Share of the Population 53%
Senior Citizens 25.9%
Employed Population 16+ 2,759
Age of the Population 45

Families

% of people married 54.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $63,727
% Above Poverty Level 92.6%
% Below Poverty Level 7.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 11 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 38.6%
Median Gross Rent $588
Median House Value $100,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 5%
US/American 0%
English 7%
Irish 15.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

  • 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 550 $51,375
Livermore 451 $58,056
Lone Rock 136 $62,917

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Algona Public Libraries

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Algona Public Library
210 N PHILLIPS ST
Algona, Iowa
(515) 295-5476

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Algona High Schools

ALGONA HIGH SCHOOL
600 S HALE
515-295-7207
Serves 451 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.6

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