Introduction to Creston, Iowa

Creston, Iowa, in Union county, is located 54 miles SW of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center) and 83 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska. The city contains a population of approximately 7,597.

Creston History

Creston was a railroad town and was constructed on the high prairie peak. The Crest was actually the high point on the Burlington line amidst the rivers of Mississippi and Missouri. Thus the name Creston developed. Creston was incorporated in 1871. The city became the county seat of Union County on November 25, 1890.

Creston and nearby Attractions

  • Union County Historical Village and Museum
  • McKinley Park
  • Green Valley State Park
  • John Wayne Birthplace

Things To Do In Creston

Tourists can visit the Green Valley State Park, McKinley Park, and Rainbow Park while staying in Creston. Union County Historical Village and Museum is a notable place and is popular for its rich historical significance. John Wayne Birthplace is also worth visiting. Apart from these the city also hosts several festivals like the Balloon Days every year.

Creston Transportation

Des Moines International Airport is the nearest airport.

Creston Higher Education

The Southwestern Community College is located in Creston. Other higher education institutes that can be attended from Creston include the Graceland University - Lamoni, Drake University, and Northwest Missouri state University.


Total Population 7,886
Male Share of the Population 46%
Female Share of the Population 54%
Senior Citizens 17.5%
Employed Population 16+ 4,012
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 45.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $56,545
% Above Poverty Level 84.1%
% Below Poverty Level 15.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 35.5%
Median Gross Rent $573
Median House Value $83,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.3%
US/American 0%
English 7.4%
Irish 13.8%

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

Creston Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 54 miles SW of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 83 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska
County Union
Standard Zip Codes 50801
Phone Area Codes 641
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.058
Longitude -94.361

Creston Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station CRESTON 2 SW
Distance 2.7 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 29 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 33.9 inches
Distance 21 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 40 to 65 F
Annual Precip 35.9 inches
Station MOUNT AYR 4 SW
Distance 26.2 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 34.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Afton 970 $50,625
Cromwell 93 $73,750
Lenox 1,433 $41,429

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

Creston Public Libraries

Matilda J. Gibson Memorial Library
Creston, Iowa
(641) 782-2277
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Creston Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(641) 782-3503
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

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Student/teacher ratio: 28

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