Introduction to Fort Dodge, Iowa

Fort Dodge, Iowa, in Webster county, is located 42 miles NW of Ames, Iowa (center to center) and 125 miles NE of Omaha, Nebraska. The city has a population of 25,136.

Fort Dodge History

Fort Dodge was named for the fort, established in 1850, in the honor of the U.S. senator from Wisconsin named Henry Dodge. It is the county seat of Webster County, which was founded on January 15, 1851 and was named after an American statesman called Daniel Webster.

Fort Dodge and nearby Attractions

  • Fort Museum and Frontier Village
  • Brushy Creek State Park
  • Blanden Memorial Art Museum
  • Curious Kids' Museum
  • Lehigh Historical Museum
  • Frank A. Gotch State Park

Things To Do In Fort Dodge

Fort Dodge offers several recreational facilities. The Oleson Park has a small zoo where visitors can see the albino white tailed deer. It also offers scenic hiking trails. The Snell - Crawford Park offers a disc golf course, jogging and walking trail, 3 sand volleyball courts, BBQ grills, and picnic tables. You can also enjoy your leisure at the swimming beach of Kennedy Park. It also has an 18-hole golf course. Golf lovers can also visit the Fort Dodge Country Club and Sunkissed Meadows Golf Course. One can shop at the Crossroads Mall.

Fort Dodge Transportation

Fort Dodge Regional Airport is nearby.

Fort Dodge Higher Education

Iowa Central Community College, Des Moines Community College, Iowa State University, and many other colleges and universities offer higher educational facilities.


Total Population 24,789
Male Share of the Population 51.7%
Female Share of the Population 48.3%
Senior Citizens 16.3%
Employed Population 16+ 10,466
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 39.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $50,693
% Above Poverty Level 81.7%
% Below Poverty Level 18.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 37.2%
Median Gross Rent $578
Median House Value $79,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.4%
US/American 0%
English 6.3%
Irish 16.8%

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

Fort Dodge Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 42 miles NW of Ames, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 125 miles NE of Omaha, Nebraska
County Webster
Standard Zip Codes 50501
Phone Area Codes 515
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.497
Longitude -94.167

Fort Dodge Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.7 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 25 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 34.3 inches
Station HUMBOLDT 3 W
Distance 16 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 25 F
Apr Temp 37 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 32.2 inches
Distance 24.7 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 26 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 31.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Clayworks (50501)

Crossroads Center (50501)

Palm Grove (50501)

Tara (50501)

West Fort Dodge (50501)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Badger 572 $66,806
Barnum 271 $55,833
Duncombe 363 $56,250

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

Fort Dodge Public Libraries

Fort Dodge Public Library
Fort Dodge, Iowa
(515) 573-8167

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Fort Dodge Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(515) 573-3101
Emergency Service: Yes

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Fort Dodge High Schools

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819 N 25TH ST
Serves 1,347 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

104 S 17 ST
A Non-traditional School
Serves 47 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.4

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