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Overview

Introduction to Nevada, Iowa

Nevada, Iowa, in Story county, is located 8 miles E of Ames, Iowa (center to center) and is 138 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska. As of the year 2000 census, 6,658 people resided in Nevada.

Nevada History

Nevada is the county seat of Story County, which was established in 1846. In 1853, the county was named in honor of Joseph Story, a Supreme Court Justice. Nevada was founded by Johnson Edgar on October 12, 1853. The city was named by Joseph Thrift. It was named for the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Nevada and nearby Attractions

  • Brunnier Art Museum
  • Octagon Center for the Arts
  • Big Creek State Park
  • Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace
  • Farm House Museum

Things To Do In Nevada

Tourists can visit the Brunnier Art Museum and the Octagon Center for Arts. The Hattery Park, Mardean Park, and Kiwanis Park also offer a number of recreational facilities. There are a number of churches in the city including the Seventh Day Adventist Church and the Assembly of God Church. The Nevada Public Library is a delight for the booklovers. The city celebrates the local festival of Lincoln Highway Days in August every year.

Nevada Transportation

Air transportation is available from Des Moines International Airport.

Nevada Higher Education

Iowa State University, Des Moines Community College, Drake University, Iowa Central Community College, and other colleges and universities offer higher educational facilities.

People

Total Population 6,799
Male Share of the Population 51.8%
Female Share of the Population 48.2%
Senior Citizens 13.6%
Employed Population 16+ 3,381
Age of the Population 37

Families

% of people married 52.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $67,681
% Above Poverty Level 85.1%
% Below Poverty Level 14.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 28.2%
Median Gross Rent $637
Median House Value $117,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.3%
US/American 0%
English 8.2%
Irish 14.9%

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

Nevada Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles E of Ames, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 138 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska
County Story
Standard Zip Codes 50201
Phone Area Codes 515
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.022
Longitude -93.452

Nevada Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station COLO
Distance 7 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
Station ANKENY
Distance 22 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 33.3 inches
Station MARSHALLTOWN
Distance 26.8 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Fernald (50201)

Shipley (50201)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ames 62,815 $78,462
Cambridge 806 $71,442
Colo 884 $65,536
McCallsburg 329 $50,469

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

Nevada Public Libraries

Library
Nevada Public Library
631 K AVENUE
Nevada, Iowa
(515) 382-2628

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Nevada High Schools

NEVADA HIGH SCHOOL
1001 15TH ST
515-382-3521
Serves 472 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.8

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