Introduction to Fort Madison, Iowa

Fort Madison, Iowa, in Lee county, is located 72 miles S of Iowa City, Iowa (center to center) and 148 miles N of St. Louis, Missouri.

Fort Madison History

The Fort Madison was established in 1808 and was the first military post of United States on the upper Mississippi River. The fort was named in the honor of James Madison, the fourth U.S President. In fact, the city was built around the fort and was also named after it. It is one of the two county seats of Lee County, which was founded in 1836. The area was originally inhabited by the Native Americans prior to white settlers first arriving in the late 1830s.

Fort Madison and nearby Attractions

  • Old Fort Madison
  • Woodlands Scenic Byway
  • Fort Madison Art Center
  • North Lee County Historical Center
  • Hawkeye Log Cabin
  • Oquawka State Wildlife Refuge

Things To Do In Fort Madison

Fort Madison is home to many parks and playgrounds including the Riverview Park, Old Settlers Park, Sheaffer Park, and Victory Park. The Lone Chimney Monument Historical Marker and USS Maine Memorial Historical Marker are also worth visiting. Visitors can even plan a trip to the Old Madison Fort, North Lee County Historical Center, and Fort Madison Art Center. The local shopping center is known as the Lodi Shopping Center. The Fort Madison Toll Bridge is the only remaining double swing - span bridge on Mississippi River.

Fort Madison Transportation

Southeast Iowa Regional Airport can be reached within few minutes.

Fort Madison Higher Education

Western Illinois University, Augustana College, University of Iowa, and many other colleges and universities offer higher educational opportunities.


Total Population 10,832
Male Share of the Population 51%
Female Share of the Population 49%
Senior Citizens 17.2%
Employed Population 16+ 5,281
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 45.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $52,897
% Above Poverty Level 82.3%
% Below Poverty Level 17.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.8%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 34.5%
Median Gross Rent $592
Median House Value $76,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.4%
US/American 0%
English 9.9%
Irish 16.9%

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

Fort Madison Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 72 miles S of Iowa City, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 148 miles N of St. Louis, Missouri
County Lee
Standard Zip Codes 52627
Phone Area Codes 319
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.629
Longitude -91.315

Fort Madison Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.3 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 32 F
Apr Temp 44 to 62 F
Jul Temp 70 to 86 F
Oct Temp 47 to 65 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches
Distance 15.1 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 30 F
Apr Temp 43 to 62 F
Jul Temp 67 to 85 F
Oct Temp 46 to 65 F
Annual Precip 37.9 inches
Distance 16.3 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 33 F
Apr Temp 42 to 62 F
Jul Temp 67 to 87 F
Oct Temp 45 to 66 F
Annual Precip 37.3 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Sawyer (52627)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Donnellson 856 $59,167
Franklin 114 $72,500

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

Fort Madison Public Libraries

Cattermole Memorial Library
614 7TH ST
Fort Madison, Iowa
(319) 372-5721
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Fort Madison Hospitals

5445 AVE O
(319) 372-6530
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 723 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.4

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Serves 88 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 35.2

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