Introduction to Le Mars, Iowa

Le Mars, Iowa, in Plymouth county, is located 23 miles NE of Sioux City, Iowa (center to center) and is 106 miles N of Omaha, Nebraska. As of the year 2000 census, 9,237 people resided in Le Mars.

Le Mars History

The city was platted in the year 1869. It was then known as St. Paul Junction. The city was later renamed to Le Mars after the initials of six ladies who arrived there in the late 19th century. By 1925, the Wells family had set up an ice cream manufacturing plant in the city. As a family, they went on to own the world’s largest dairy processor and became the largest ice cream manufacturer in one location. This led to city being nicknamed the "Ice Cream Capital of the World".

Le Mars and nearby Attractions

  • Plymouth County Historical Museum
  • Adams Homestead & Nature Preserve
  • Le Mars Municipal Golf Course
  • Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center Museum
  • Milwaukee Railroad Roundhouse Historic Site

Things To Do In Le Mars

Tourists to Le Mars can enjoy the various facilities offered by the local parks including the Pool Park, Riverview Park, and Le Mars Municipal Park. The First Baptist Church, Assembly of God Church, First United Methodist Church, and Saint Joseph Church are among the beautiful churches in the city. Golf lovers may also enjoy visiting the Le Mars Municipal Golf Course. One can also take a trip to the Milwaukee Railroad Roundhouse Historic Site. In addition, the annual celebrations like the Ice Cream Days, and the Plymouth County Fair also attracts a number of visitors.

Le Mars Transportation

Sioux Gateway Airport/ Col. Bud Day Field provides facilities for air transportation.

Le Mars Higher Education

Higher educational opportunities are provided by the University of South Dakota, Buena Vista University, and Western Iowa Tech Community College.


Total Population 9,757
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 18%
Employed Population 16+ 5,106
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 54.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $71,031
% Above Poverty Level 90.5%
% Below Poverty Level 9.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 31.6%
Median Gross Rent $513
Median House Value $134,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.6%
US/American 0%
English 4.6%
Irish 9.6%

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

Le Mars Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 23 miles NE of Sioux City, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 106 miles N of Omaha, Nebraska
County Plymouth
Standard Zip Codes 51031
Phone Area Codes 712
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.794
Longitude -96.165

Le Mars Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station LE MARS
Distance 1.1 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 26 F
Apr Temp 35 to 61 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 36 to 63 F
Annual Precip 26.5 inches
Distance 21.5 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 26 F
Apr Temp 34 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 26.7 inches
Distance 30.5 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 29 F
Apr Temp 37 to 62 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 38 to 64 F
Annual Precip 25.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Lemars (51031)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brunsville 93 $86,250
Ireton 667 $60,179

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

Le Mars Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(712) 546-7871
Emergency Service: Yes

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Le Mars High Schools

921 3RD AVE SW
Serves 720 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

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