Introduction to Denison, Iowa

Denison, Iowa, in Crawford county, is located 58 miles NE of Council Bluffs, Iowa (center to center) and 60 miles NE of Omaha, Nebraska. Approximately 7,339 people live in Denison.

Denison History

Denison is the county seat of Crawford County, which was established in 1837. The county was named after William Harris Crawford, the U.S. senator from Georgia. The original settlers of Crawford County came from the Mormon migration in 1846. Jesse W. Denison, an agent of the Providence Western Land Company was responsible for beginning a settlement in this area. The city was also named after Denison.

Denison and nearby Attractions

  • Denison Aquatic Fun Center
  • Site of Fort Purdy Historical Marker
  • Crawford County Fairgrounds
  • Maxwell Park
  • Stenoien Ranch

Things To Do In Denison

Tourists can visit the Stenoien Ranch museum for its historical value. One can also visit the Crawford County Fairgrounds. There are many parks in Denison which include the Maxwell Park, Sunset Park, Morningside Park, and Leslie M. Shaw State Historical Marker. You can also plan a trip to the Denison Aquatic Fun Center. In addition, the city hosts the Crawford County Fair every year in the month of July.

Denison Transportation

Eppley Airfield is the closest airport.

Denison Higher Education

Buena Vista University, Iowa Western Community College, Western Iowa Tech Community College, and Bellevue University offer facilities for higher studies.


Total Population 8,383
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 14.8%
Employed Population 16+ 3,522
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 50.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $51,108
% Above Poverty Level 71.9%
% Below Poverty Level 28.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 11 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%


People Living Alone 24.9%
Median Gross Rent $542
Median House Value $98,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 52.7%
US/American 0%
English 4.4%
Irish 5.1%

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

Denison Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 58 miles NE of Council Bluffs, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 60 miles NE of Omaha, Nebraska
County Crawford
Standard Zip Codes 51442
Phone Area Codes 712
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.017
Longitude -95.355

Denison Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.5 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 24.8 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 30 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 30.8 inches
Station IDA GROVE 5 NW
Distance 27.7 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 26 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 62 F
Annual Precip 29.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arion 185 $40,833
Deloit 395 $36,528
Dow City 514 $42,321

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

Denison Public Libraries

Norelius Community Library
Denison, Iowa
(712) 263-9355

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Denison Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(712) 263-5021
Emergency Service: Yes

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Denison High Schools

819 N 16TH ST
Serves 694 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

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