Introduction to Keokuk, Iowa

Keokuk, Iowa, in Lee county, is located 87 miles S of Iowa City, Iowa (center to center) and is 135 miles NW of St. Louis, Missouri. As of the year 2000 census, 11,427 people resided in Keokuk.

Keokuk History

Keokuk was named in honor of a Sauk chief. In 1839, many of the Latter - Day Saints who were sentenced to capital punishment in Missouri settled in Keokuk. They even had a branch of their church in Keokuk. Many Civil War Generals have lived in Keokuk. The city became one of the county seats of Lee County in 1847.

Keokuk and nearby Attractions

  • George M. Verity Riverboat Museum
  • Miller House Museum
  • Battle of Athens State Historic Site
  • Nauvoo State Park
  • Icarian Living History Museum

Things To Do In Keokuk

The Joseph Smith Historic center speaks of the 1840s Latter Day Saint movement. Tourists can also visit the Kibbe Hancock Heritage Museum. There are many churches in the city to visit including the Evangelical Free Church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Visitors interested in books and research can visit the Keokuk Public Library. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Keosippi Mall. You can visit the local parks like the Triangular Park, Samuel Freeman Miller State Historical Marker, and Riverview Park. Each year, the city celebrates the Bald Eagle Appreciation Days in January, Keokuk Independent Film Festival in September, and the Rocktober Geode Fest in October.

Keokuk Transportation

Southeast Iowa Regional Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Keokuk Higher Education

The Western Illinois University, Indian Hills Community College, Truman State University, and University of Iowa offer opportunities for higher education.


Total Population 10,705
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 17.6%
Employed Population 16+ 4,368
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 44.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $43,277
% Above Poverty Level 75.5%
% Below Poverty Level 24.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 1.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 34%
Median Gross Rent $542
Median House Value $66,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.8%
US/American 0%
English 8.7%
Irish 16%

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

Keokuk Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 87 miles S of Iowa City, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 135 miles NW of St. Louis, Missouri
County Lee
Standard Zip Codes 52632
Phone Area Codes 319
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.397
Longitude -91.384

Keokuk Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.2 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
Station CANTON L AND D 20
Distance 18.5 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 33 F
Apr Temp 41 to 63 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 43 to 67 F
Annual Precip 38.4 inches
Distance 31.2 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Mooar (52632)

Sandusky (52632)

Summitville (52632)

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
Fort Madison 10,832 $52,897
Franklin 114 $72,500

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

Keokuk Public Libraries

Keokuk Public Library
210 N 5TH
Keokuk, Iowa
(319) 524-1483
Library Web Site

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Keokuk Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(319) 524-7150
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 707 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

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