Introduction to Grinnell, Iowa

Grinnell, Iowa, in Poweshiek county, is located 46 miles E of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center) and 169 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska. There are an estimated 9,105 people in the city.

Grinnell History

Grinnell was founded and named after Josiah B. Grinnell in 1854. It was located at the junction of Rock Island Railroad and Minneapolis and St Louis Railroad. It served as a stop on the Underground Railroad. The Grinnell College was the first college that was established west of Mississippi River.

Grinnell and nearby Attractions

  • Rock Creek State Park
  • Grinnell Historical Museum
  • Fun Valley Ski Area
  • Iowa Transportation Museum
  • International Wrestling Institute & Museum

Things To Do In Grinnell

Grinnell includes several open spaces and parks such as the Arbor Recreation Area, MacEachron Field, Nyanza Park, Rosenbloom Football Field, and Merrill Park. The Commemorate Grinnell Founder Historical Marker, Horace Greeley - Editor Historical Marker, and First House in Grinnell Historical Marker are also worth taking a look around. One can also spend their free hours at the Conney M Kimbo Black Cultural Center, Grinnell Country Club, and Grinnell Historical Museum.

Grinnell Transportation

International flight is available from Des Moines International Airport.

Grinnell Higher Education

Grinnell College is the local college. Indian Hills Community College, Hawkeye Community College, and Iowa State University also offer facilities for higher education.


Total Population 9,132
Male Share of the Population 45%
Female Share of the Population 55%
Senior Citizens 18.4%
Employed Population 16+ 4,675
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 36.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 33.2%
Median Earnings25+ $35,079
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $11,375
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,723


Median Family Income $66,500
% Above Poverty Level 88.7%
% Below Poverty Level 11.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 11 minutes
% Working from Home 8.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 23.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%


People Living Alone 41%
Median Gross Rent $646
Median House Value $133,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.6%
US/American 0.1%
English 10.2%
Irish 15.5%

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

Grinnell Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 46 miles E of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 169 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska
County Poweshiek
Standard Zip Codes 50112
Company Zip Codes 50177
Phone Area Codes 641
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.743
Longitude -92.722

Grinnell Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.3 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 27 F
Apr Temp 34 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36 inches
Distance 23.8 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 27 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 35.8 inches
Distance 24.9 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 27 F
Apr Temp 37 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Newburg (50112)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Gilman 696 $61,667
Kellogg 746 $63,182
Lynnville 482 $70,500

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

Grinnell Public Libraries

Stewart Public Library
Grinnell, Iowa
(641) 236-2661
Library Web Site

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Grinnell Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(641) 236-7511
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 541 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

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