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Overview

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.

People

Total Population 24,847
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 15.8%
Employed Population 16+ 11,250
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 48.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15%
Median Earnings25+ $27,671
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,294
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,780

Wealth

Median Family Income $47,657
% Above Poverty Level 78.6%
% Below Poverty Level 21.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.5%
Median Gross Rent $618
Median House Value $70,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.6%
US/American 0%
English 8.9%
Irish 13.3%

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

Notes:

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

Station OTTUMWA AP
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
Station OSKALOOSA
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 694 $60,357
Blakesburg 273 $55,625
Eldon 988 $43,365
Floris 170 $41,250
Hedrick 964 $50,000
Kirkville 173 $52,500

Ottumwa Public Libraries

Library
Ottumwa Public Library
102 W. 4TH STREET
Ottumwa, Iowa
(641) 682-7563

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Ottumwa Hospitals

OTTUMWA REGIONAL HEALTH CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1001 E PENNSYLVANIA
(641) 684-2300
Emergency Service: Yes

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OTTUMWA HIGH SCHOOL
501 E 2ND
641-683-4444
Serves 1,461 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

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641-683-1342
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Serves 100 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.5

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