Introduction to Centerville, Iowa

Centerville, Iowa, in Appanoose county, is located 71 miles SE of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center) and 144 miles NE of Kansas City, Missouri. The city has a population of 5,924.

Centerville History

Centerville is the county seat of Appanoose County. Jonathon Stratton founded the city in 1846, however at that time it was called Chaldea. Later on, the name was changed to Centerville. The city was incorporated in 1855. The coal industry played a significant role in the development of the city in the early 1900s. Later, when the demand for coal fell, the Rathbun Dam was built in the 1970s with a view to establish new industries. The city now has industrial plants for plastic products.

Centerville and nearby Attractions

  • Historical and Coal Mining Museum
  • Moravia Wabash Depot Museum
  • Sharon Bluffs State Park
  • Lake Wapello State Park
  • Moulton Historical Society Museum

Things To Do In Centerville

While in Centerville tourists can visit the Rathun Lake and the Rathun Fish Hatchery. The Honey Creek State Park offers facilities for picnic, boating, and camping. One can also visit the Appanoose County Museum and the Old Jail. Book lovers can have a look around the Drake Public Library and the Centerville Center Library. Visitors can also enjoy the Lake Center Mall. The city also hosts the Pancake Day Festival, Appanoose County Fair and the Croatian Fest each year.

Centerville Transportation

Air transportation is available from Kirksville Regional Airport.

Centerville Higher Education

The colleges and universities that offer higher education opportunities include Indian Hills Community College, Truman State University, Graceland University - Lamoni, and Des Moines Community College.


Total Population 5,480
Male Share of the Population 47.2%
Female Share of the Population 52.8%
Senior Citizens 21.8%
Employed Population 16+ 2,426
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 49%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.1%
Median Earnings25+ $26,809
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,964
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,017


Median Family Income $55,147
% Above Poverty Level 83.1%
% Below Poverty Level 16.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.8%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 39.5%
Median Gross Rent $534
Median House Value $70,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.1%
US/American 0%
English 14.7%
Irish 16.3%

Centerville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 71 miles SE of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 144 miles NE of Kansas City, Missouri
County Appanoose
Standard Zip Codes 52544
Phone Area Codes 641
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.734
Longitude -92.873

Centerville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.4 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 36.7 inches
Distance 7 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 30 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 36.6 inches
Station CORYDON 8 W
Distance 32 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 30 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 35.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cincinnati 299 $45,625
Exline 124 $53,250

Centerville Public Libraries

Drake Public Library
Centerville, Iowa
(641) 856-6676
Library Web Site

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Centerville Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(641) 437-4111
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 13.8

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