Introduction to Oelwein, Iowa

Oelwein, Iowa, in Fayette county, is located 25 miles NE of Waterloo, Iowa (center to center) and is 168 miles S of St. Paul, Minnesota. The city is home to approximately 6,692 residents.

Oelwein History

Oelwein was laid out in Gustav Oelwein’s corn field. This city got its name from the Oelwein family. The first settler was a professional man at Dubuque. The emergence of rail lines and repair shops in Oelwein enabled it to earn the nicknames of the "Shop City" and the "Hub City". Oelwein was incorporated as a town in 1888 and as a city in 1897.

Oelwein and nearby Attractions

  • Hub City Heritage Railway Museum
  • Oelwein Area Historical Society Museum
  • Delwein City Park
  • Orville Christophel Park

Things To Do In Oelwein

Oelwein residents visit the many local parks including the Delwein City Park, Wings Park, and Orville Christophel Park. Tourists love to take a walk by the Delwein Lake. The Hub City Heritage Railway Museum and the Oelwein Area Historical Society Museum are popular tourist destinations.

Oelwein Transportation

Waterloo Municipal Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Oelwein Higher Education

Higher education institutes that students can avail include Upper Iowa University, Kirkwood Community College, University of Northern Iowa, and Northeast Iowa Community College - Calmar.


Total Population 6,275
Male Share of the Population 48.9%
Female Share of the Population 51.1%
Senior Citizens 23.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,916
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 44.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.7%
Median Earnings25+ $27,147
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,167
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,403


Median Family Income $48,188
% Above Poverty Level 86.5%
% Below Poverty Level 13.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 5.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 35.9%
Median Gross Rent $565
Median House Value $65,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.6%
US/American 0%
English 9.6%
Irish 11.3%

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

Oelwein Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 25 miles NE of Waterloo, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 168 miles S of St. Paul, Minnesota
County Fayette
Standard Zip Codes 50662
Phone Area Codes 319
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.673
Longitude -91.913

Oelwein Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station OELWEIN 2 S
Distance 1.6 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 24 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 61 F
Annual Precip 34.6 inches
Distance 13.2 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 23 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 37 to 60 F
Annual Precip 35.9 inches
Distance 13.2 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 26 F
Apr Temp 38 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 63 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Aurora 233 $53,750
Fairbank 1,109 $69,868
Hazleton 902 $44,063

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

Oelwein Public Libraries

Oelwein Public Library
Oelwein, Iowa
(319) 283-1515
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Oelwein Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(319) 283-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Oelwein High Schools

315 8TH AVE SE
Serves 468 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

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