Ossian, Iowa

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Ossian, Iowa

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Ossian strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Iowa):

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Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Ossian Short Commute Times
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Ossian Affordability of Rents

Comparative Profile of Ossian, Iowa

Comparing Ossian to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Iowa (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 9 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 8
Age of the Population 7 6
Well-Paid Single Men 6 4
Male Share of the Population 6 7
Female Share of the Population 5 4
Racial Diversity 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 7
Average Household Size 6 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 9 8
People Above Poverty 8 7
Median Family Income 7 6
College Educated Adults 4 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 8
Working at Home 9 10
Walking and Biking to Work 2 2
Public Transportation Use 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 9 8
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 8
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 6
People Living Alone 4 3
Housing Recently Built 2 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 1

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Ossian Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 52 miles SW of La Crosse, Wisconsin (center to center)
Nearest Large City 141 miles SE of St. Paul, Minnesota
County Winneshiek
Standard Zip Codes 52161
Phone Area Codes 563
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 43.146
Longitude -91.764

Ossian Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 10.8 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 25 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 61 F
Annual Precip 33.4 inches
Station WAUKON
Distance 16.4 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 23 F
Apr Temp 35 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 31.8 inches
Station CRESCO 1 NE
Distance 23.5 miles
Jan Temp 3 to 22 F
Apr Temp 34 to 56 F
Jul Temp 60 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 59 F
Annual Precip 35.6 inches
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Ossian Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 853 100%
Male 413 48.4%
Female 440 51.6%
Under 18 237 27.8%
18+ 616 72.2%
65+ 192 22.5%
Median Age 39.1
Average Family Size 3.09
White 850 99.6%
African-American 1 0.1%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 1 0.1%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 1 0.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 3 0.4%

Estimated Ossian Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 836
Growth -17
Growth % -2%

Ossian Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 71.6%
Norwegian 14.9%
Irish 4%
Czech 2.2%
English 2.1%
US/American 1.9%
Italian 0.8%
European 0.5%
French (except Basque) 0.4%
Scotch-Irish 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
Polish 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 0.3%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Ossian 853 $44,306
Calmar 1,058 $50,063
Castalia 175 $25,833
Fort Atkinson 389 $38,333
Postville 2,273 $40,125
Spillville 386 $41,563
St. Lucas 178 $42,500

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Ossian Public Library
Ossian, Iowa
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