Introduction to Marshalltown, Iowa

Marshalltown, Iowa, in Marshall County, is located 36 miles E of Ames, Iowa (center to center) and is 165 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska. There are 26,009 residents in the city.

Marshalltown History

Marshalltown is the county seat of Marshall County. In 1853, Henry Anson founded Marshalltown. It was named after Marshall, Michigan. As there was another Marshall in Iowa, it was named as Marshalltown. However, some also believe that it was named in honor of a U.S Supreme Court chief John Marshall.

Marshalltown and nearby Attractions

  • Marshall County Historical Museum
  • Beaman Heritage Center
  • Union Grove State Park
  • Glick - Sower House
  • Fisher Art Gallery

Things To Do In Marshalltown

The Historical Society of Marshall County provides an insight into the history of the county and also has a library. Art lovers can have a look around the Fisher Art Gallery, which has a collection of the works of the impressionist and post - impressionist artists like Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt. Avid readers can visit the Marshalltown Public Library. It is also worth taking a look around the Burnett creek and some of the parks like the Timber Creek Park and Kiwanis Park. Marshalltown celebrates the BBQ, Buggies and Tunes and the Hispanic Heritage Festival in June and the Central Iowa Fair in July.

Marshalltown Transportation

One can avail air transportation from the Des Moines International Airport.

Marshalltown Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued from Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, and Hawkeye Community College.


Total Population 27,770
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 17.1%
Employed Population 16+ 12,003
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 52.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.2%
Median Earnings25+ $31,874
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,461
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,549


Median Family Income $54,480
% Above Poverty Level 86.4%
% Below Poverty Level 13.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 28%
Median Gross Rent $643
Median House Value $99,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 36.6%
US/American 0%
English 6.4%
Irish 8.8%

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

Marshalltown Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 36 miles E of Ames, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 165 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska
County Marshall
Standard Zip Codes 50158
Phone Area Codes 641
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.049
Longitude -92.907

Marshalltown Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.8 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
Station COLO
Distance 21.1 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 27 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 35 inches
Distance 22 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 25 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 34.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Albion 468 $61,818
Ferguson 133 $63,333
Haverhill 204 $71,500
Laurel 316 $50,000
Le Grand 1,041 $71,932
Liscomb 317 $57,083

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

Marshalltown Public Libraries

Marshalltown Public Library
Marshalltown, Iowa
(641) 754-5738

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Marshalltown Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(641) 754-5368
Emergency Service: Yes

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Marshalltown High Schools

1602 S 2ND AVE
Serves 1,593 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

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