Introduction to Estherville, Iowa

Estherville, Iowa, in Emmet county, is located 94 miles E of Sioux Falls, South Dakota (center to center) and 134 miles SW of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Approximately 6,656 people live in Estherville.

Estherville History

Estherville was first settled in 1856 and was named for Esther Ridley, the wife of the city’s founder Robert Ridley. The city was incorporated in 1881. On May 10, 1879, a meteor fell near the city and parts of the meteor are displayed in various museums all over the world. The city is the county seat of Emmet County, which was organized in 1851.

Estherville and nearby Attractions

  • Fort Defiance State Park
  • Arnolds Park Amusement Park
  • Lakes Art Center
  • Ranch Amusement Park
  • Abbie Gardner State Historic Site
  • Pike's Point State Park

Things To Do In Estherville

The Thoreson Memorial Park, South Tenth Street Park, Riverside Park, Joe Hoye Park, and Mike Mickelson Park are some of the local parks in Estherville. Tourists can also visit the Fort Defiance and Monument Historical Marker. The Riverside Hills Ski Area is an ideal destination for the visitors and residents. The Emmet County Historical Society Museum is also worth taking a look around. The city also hosts the Emmet County Agricultural Show each year.

Estherville Transportation

Fort Dodge Regional Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Estherville Higher Education

Estherville is home to Iowa Lakes Community College. Higher education can also sought through Buena Vista University, Minnesota State University - Mankato, and Iowa Central Community College.


Total Population 6,091
Male Share of the Population 50.1%
Female Share of the Population 49.9%
Senior Citizens 17.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,945
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 46.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $57,714
% Above Poverty Level 83.8%
% Below Poverty Level 16.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 35.3%
Median Gross Rent $594
Median House Value $79,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.7%
US/American 0%
English 5.9%
Irish 9.1%

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

Estherville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 94 miles E of Sioux Falls, South Dakota (center to center)
Nearest Large City 134 miles SW of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Emmet
Standard Zip Codes 51334
Phone Area Codes 712
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.401
Longitude -94.832

Estherville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.2 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 23 F
Apr Temp 33 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 61 F
Annual Precip 28.4 inches
Station MILFORD 4 NW
Distance 17.7 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 22 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 29.5 inches
Station SPENCER 1 N
Distance 22.8 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 24 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 61 F
Annual Precip 28.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Huntington (51334)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Graettinger 702 $52,292
Gruver 98 $60,417

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

Estherville Public Libraries

Estherville Public Library
Estherville, Iowa
(712) 362-7731

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Estherville High Schools

Serves 440 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.4

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