Introduction to Ottumwa, Iowa

Ottumwa, Iowa, in Wapello county, is located 63 miles SW of Iowa City, Iowa (center to center) and is 175 miles NE of Kansas City, Missouri. The city has a population of 24,998.

Ottumwa History

The first settlers came to Ottumwa in 1845. It became the county seat of Wapello County in 1844. Ottumwa began growing rapidly since 1848. The city got its first railroad in 1859.

Ottumwa and nearby Attractions

  • Pickwick Park
  • Wapello County Historical Museum
  • Greater Ottumwa Park
  • Ottumwa Church of Christ

Things To Do In Ottumwa

Tourists in Ottumwa can visit several parks including the Greater Ottumwa Park, Pickwick Park, and Hillcrest Park. Wapello County Historical Museum is another site that is great for spending quality time. In fact, all those who are fascinated with history will adore the place. The religious minded can find their way to churches like Evangelistic Foursquare Church and Ottumwa Church of Christ.

Ottumwa Transportation

Kirksville Regional Airport provides air transportation opportunities to the residents of the city.

Ottumwa Higher Education

Indian Hills Community College is located in the city. Other higher education institutes that are convenient to attend include the University of Iowa, Truman State University, and Des Moines Community College.


Total Population 24,758
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 15.7%
Employed Population 16+ 10,912
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 47.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.7%
Median Earnings25+ $30,084
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,348
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,507


Median Family Income $47,444
% Above Poverty Level 79%
% Below Poverty Level 21%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%


People Living Alone 31.6%
Median Gross Rent $614
Median House Value $72,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.9%
US/American 0%
English 8.3%
Irish 13%

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

Ottumwa Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 63 miles SW of Iowa City, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 175 miles NE of Kansas City, Missouri
County Wapello
Standard Zip Codes 52501
Phone Area Codes 641
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.02
Longitude -92.411

Ottumwa Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 5.9 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 42 to 62 F
Jul Temp 67 to 86 F
Oct Temp 44 to 64 F
Annual Precip 35.9 inches
Station ALBIA 3 NNE
Distance 19.7 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 29 F
Apr Temp 39 to 60 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 37.6 inches
Distance 24 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 29 F
Apr Temp 37 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Bladensburg (52501)

Cliffland (52501)

Dahlonega (52501)

Dudley (52501)

Ottumwa Junction (52501)

Rutledge (52501)

South Ottumwa (52501)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Agency 655 $51,923
Blakesburg 291 $51,500
Eldon 999 $42,589
Floris 177 $52,188
Hedrick 849 $43,393
Kirkville 177 $46,667

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

Ottumwa Public Libraries

Ottumwa Public Library
Ottumwa, Iowa
(641) 682-7563

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Ottumwa Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(641) 684-2300
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 1,461 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

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Serves 100 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

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