Introduction to Clear Lake, Iowa

Clear Lake, Iowa, in Cerro Gordo county, located is 69 miles NW of Waterloo, Iowa (center to center) and 126 miles S of St. Paul, Minnesota. The city has a population of about 8,161.

Clear Lake History

Clear Lake was named after the large water body called Clear Lake on which this city is located. In 1850, two men named James Dickerson ad Joseph Hewitt heard of a beautiful lake that existed in this area and came seeking it. They reached the Clear Lake shore in 1851 with their teams and families. They settled in the area and gradually transformed the city into an oasis for the residents of Midwest.

Clear Lake and nearby Attractions

  • Kinney Pioneer Museum
  • Iowa Trolley Park
  • Armour Pugh Memorial Park
  • Clear Lake
  • Fort Custer Maze

Things To Do In Clear Lake

Tourists in Clear Lake can visit the local parks which include the Iowa Trolley Park, Tourist Park, Armour Pugh Memorial Park, and Pine Tree Park. The Kinney Pioneer Museum is also a popular tourist attraction. The Clear Lake itself draws a number of people due to its scenic beauty. It is also worth taking a look around the Fort Custer Maze. Several festivals are hosted by Clear Lake such as the Color the Wind Kite Festival, Harvest Festival, Bicycle, Blues and BBQ Festival, Lakeside Dixie Fest, and Iowa Storytelling Festival each year.

Clear Lake Transportation

Mason City Municipal Airport is the nearest airport to Clear Lake.

Clear Lake Higher Education

The North Iowa Area Community College, Iowa State University, Iowa Central Community College, and Minnesota State University are some of the colleges and universities that offer higher educational facilities.


Total Population 7,718
Male Share of the Population 46.7%
Female Share of the Population 53.3%
Senior Citizens 20%
Employed Population 16+ 3,939
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 56.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.4%
Median Earnings25+ $31,448
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $10,208
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,565


Median Family Income $63,510
% Above Poverty Level 84.5%
% Below Poverty Level 15.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 30%
Median Gross Rent $579
Median House Value $139,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.4%
US/American 0%
English 12.7%
Irish 11.5%

Clear Lake Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 69 miles NW of Waterloo, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 126 miles S of St. Paul, Minnesota
County Cerro Gordo
Standard Zip Codes 50428
Phone Area Codes 641
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.138
Longitude -93.379

Clear Lake Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.5 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 23 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 37 to 60 F
Annual Precip 34.4 inches
Distance 16.3 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 23 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 61 F
Annual Precip 32.2 inches
Distance 28.3 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 23 F
Apr Temp 35 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 61 F
Annual Precip 34.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fertile 333 $55,208
Garner 3,107 $68,939
Hanlontown 177 $66,250

Clear Lake Public Libraries

Clear Lake Public Library
200 N 4TH ST
Clear Lake, Iowa
(641) 357-6133

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Student/teacher ratio: 11.4

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