Introduction to Carroll, Iowa

Carroll, Iowa, in Carroll county, is located 64 miles W of Ames, Iowa (center to center) and 78 miles NE of Omaha, Nebraska. The city has a population of 10,106.

Carroll History

Carroll is the county seat of the Carroll County, which was established on January 15, 1851. It was named in the honor of Charles Carroll of Carrollton. He was the only Roman Catholic who signed the Declaration of Independence. In 1869, Carroll became the county seat. Prior to that Carrollton was the county seat. The city was originally served by the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad.

Carroll and nearby Attractions

  • Carroll County Historical Museum
  • Swan Lake Farmstead Museum
  • Danish Windmill
  • Black Hawk State Park

Things To Do In Carroll

Tourists can visit the Odebolt Historical Museum and see the exhibits of farm and military items. There are a number of parks in the city such as the Rolling Hills Park, Carroll Little League Complex, Maple Park, and Minchen Park. Those interested in reading the area's history can visit the Carroll City Public Library. The city also has many churches including the Trinity Episcopal Church and the Saint Lawrence Catholic Church. The city hosts the Fall Festival which is held usually in the month of October every year.

Carroll Transportation

Fort Dodge Regional Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Carroll Higher Education

Buena Vista University, Iowa Central Community College, Iowa Western Community College, Drake University, and several other colleges and universities offer higher educational facilities.


Total Population 10,020
Male Share of the Population 47.2%
Female Share of the Population 52.8%
Senior Citizens 18.7%
Employed Population 16+ 5,030
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 53.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $66,701
% Above Poverty Level 88.2%
% Below Poverty Level 11.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 11 minutes
% Working from Home 5.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%


People Living Alone 39.7%
Median Gross Rent $555
Median House Value $124,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.4%
US/American 0%
English 4.8%
Irish 12%

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

Carroll Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 64 miles W of Ames, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 78 miles NE of Omaha, Nebraska
County Carroll
Standard Zip Codes 51401
Phone Area Codes 712
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.065
Longitude -94.877

Carroll Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.4 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 28 F
Apr Temp 35 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 33.3 inches
Distance 23.5 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 27 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 64 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 62 F
Annual Precip 30.4 inches
Distance 25.4 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 27 F
Apr Temp 35 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 33.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Maple River (51401)

Mount Carmel (51401)

Roselle (51401)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arcadia 512 $61,111
Breda 478 $70,250
Glidden 1,336 $65,089
Halbur 262 $66,250
Lidderdale 139 $47,500

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

Carroll Public Libraries

Carroll Public Library
118 E 5TH ST
Carroll, Iowa
(712) 792-3432

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Carroll Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(712) 792-3581
Emergency Service: Yes

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Carroll High Schools

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Serves 600 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

1026 N ADAMS
A Non-traditional School
Serves 18 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9

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