Introduction to Glenwood, Iowa

Glenwood, Iowa, in Mills county, is located 16 miles SE of Council Bluffs, Iowa (center to center) and 17 miles SE of Omaha, Nebraska. There are 5,358 residents in the city.

Glenwood History

Glenwood was founded in 1848 by the Mormons. At that time, it was named as Coonsville. In 1851, the city was named as the county seat of Mills County. It was renamed to Glenwood in 1852. The Burlington and Missouri River Railroad first entered the city in 1869. Some of the early industries of the area include the marble and stone works, fruit production, iron foundry, and the Glenwood Creamery.

Glenwood and nearby Attractions

  • Mills County Historical Museum
  • Henry Doorly Zoo
  • Cass County Historical Museum
  • Lake Manawa State Park
  • Fontenelle Forest Nature Center
  • Gerald R. Ford Birthsite & Gardens

Things To Do In Glenwood

While in Glenwood one can visit the General Dodge House, Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, RailsWest Railroad Museum, Great Plains Black History Museum, and Malcolm X Birthsite. The Glenwood Lake Park offers several recreational facilities. Glenwood Recreation Complex is also ideal for spending your free hours. Glenwood is home to many churches including the Saint John Episcopal Church, First Baptist Church, Calvary Baptist Church, and Glenwood Evangelical Free Church.

Glenwood Transportation

Flights can be availed from Eppley Airfield.

Glenwood Higher Education

Bellevue University and Iowa Western Community College are the nearest college and university.


Total Population 5,243
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 15.8%
Employed Population 16+ 2,381
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 46.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $65,424
% Above Poverty Level 84.7%
% Below Poverty Level 15.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation 5.5%


People Living Alone 31.2%
Median Gross Rent $595
Median House Value $134,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.4%
US/American 0%
English 10.1%
Irish 12.9%

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

Glenwood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 16 miles SE of Council Bluffs, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 17 miles SE of Omaha, Nebraska
County Mills
Standard Zip Codes 51534
Phone Area Codes 712
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.046
Longitude -95.742

Glenwood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 3.5 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 32 F
Apr Temp 39 to 63 F
Jul Temp 65 to 88 F
Oct Temp 40 to 67 F
Annual Precip 33.2 inches
Distance 20.4 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 32 F
Apr Temp 40 to 63 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 30.2 inches
Distance 34.1 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 33 F
Apr Temp 38 to 64 F
Jul Temp 65 to 89 F
Oct Temp 39 to 67 F
Annual Precip 30.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hastings 172 $27,500

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

Glenwood Public Libraries

Glenwood Public Library
Glenwood, Iowa
(712) 527-5252
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Serves 553 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

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Serves 127 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

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