Introduction to Mount Pleasant, Iowa

Mount Pleasant, Iowa, in Henry county, is located 48 miles S of Iowa City, Iowa (center to center) and is 175 miles NW of St. Louis, Missouri. The city has a population of 8,751.

Mount Pleasant History

Mount Pleasant is the county seat of Henry County. The county was founded in 1836 and was named after the governor of the Wisconsin Territory, General Henry Dodge. The Iowa Wesleyan College was founded in the city in 1842. Mount Pleasant was the site of the National Almanac - sponsored solar eclipse expedition, which occurred on August 7, 1869 under the supervision of James Craig Watson.

Mount Pleasant and nearby Attractions

  • Midwest Old Threshers Heritage Museum
  • Van Allen House Heritage Center
  • Theatre Museum of Repertoire Americana
  • Geode State Park
  • Oakland Mills County Park
  • Hawkeye Log Cabin

Things To Do In Mount Pleasant

While in Mount Pleasant, tourists can visit the Midwest Old Threshers Heritage Museum. The Lake Darling State Park is an ideal destination for enjoying family picnics. It has facilities for camping and boating. You can also visit the Pioneer Church School Historical Marker and the other local parks like the Saunders Park. The city also has a number of churches. Every year, Mount Pleasant also hosts the Henry County Fair in the month of July and the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion in August.

Mount Pleasant Transportation

International flights are available from the Quad City International Airport.

Mount Pleasant Higher Education

The University of Iowa, Indian Hills Community College, Western Illinois University, and Augustana College provide facilities for higher education.


Total Population 8,682
Male Share of the Population 52.7%
Female Share of the Population 47.3%
Senior Citizens 14.3%
Employed Population 16+ 3,669
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 40.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21%
Median Earnings25+ $30,121
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $13,621
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,226


Median Family Income $61,362
% Above Poverty Level 78.2%
% Below Poverty Level 21.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%


People Living Alone 37.3%
Median Gross Rent $587
Median House Value $108,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.3%
US/American 0%
English 7%
Irish 14.8%

Mount Pleasant Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 48 miles S of Iowa City, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 175 miles NW of St. Louis, Missouri
County Henry
Standard Zip Codes 52641
Phone Area Codes 319
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.963
Longitude -91.557

Mount Pleasant 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 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 31 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 66 F
Annual Precip 37.3 inches
Distance 22.2 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 30 F
Apr Temp 40 to 63 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 37.6 inches
Distance 22.8 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, Mount Pleasant, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Trenton (52641)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hillsboro 222 $37,750
Lockridge 252 $35,000

Mount Pleasant Public Libraries

Mt. Pleasant Public Library
Mount Pleasant, Iowa
(319) 385-1490

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Mount Pleasant Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(319) 385-3141
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

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