Introduction to Red Oak, Iowa

Red Oak, Iowa, in Montgomery county, is located 37 miles SE of Council Bluffs, Iowa (center to center) and is 40 miles SE of Omaha, Nebraska. Approximately 6,197 people reside in Red Oak.

Red Oak History

Red Oak was organized in 1869. It got its name from the many oak trees that dot the banks of the Red Oak Creek. The battles in early World War II witnessed the loss of the lives of many soldiers. Red Oak provided more Union troops in comparison to the other cities of the state during the American Civil War.

Red Oak and nearby Attractions

  • Fountain Square Park
  • Montgomery County Historical Center
  • Montgomery County Fairgrounds
  • Depot Museum

Things To Do In Red Oak

Tourists in Red Oak find Depot Museum and Montgomery County Historical Center to be major historical sites. One can also visit the parks including McCormick Park, Fountain Square Park, and College Park. Montgomery County Fairgrounds is another notable and happy place for the residents of Red Oak. Festivals such as the Mayfest, Montgomery County Fair, and Junction Days are held in Red Oak.

Red Oak Transportation

Eppley Airfield Airport is the nearest airport.

Red Oak Higher Education

Institutes offering higher education include Iowa Western Community College, Bellevue University, Northwest Missouri State University, and University of Nebraska at Omaha.


Total Population 5,644
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 20.5%
Employed Population 16+ 2,284
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 48%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14%
Median Earnings25+ $30,267
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $27,419
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,663


Median Family Income $52,241
% Above Poverty Level 75.6%
% Below Poverty Level 24.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 32%
Median Gross Rent $632
Median House Value $68,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.4%
US/American 0%
English 11.3%
Irish 13.4%

Red Oak Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 37 miles SE of Council Bluffs, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 40 miles SE of Omaha, Nebraska
County Montgomery
Standard Zip Codes 51566
P.O. Box Zip Codes 51591
Phone Area Codes 712
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.009
Longitude -95.225

Red Oak Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station RED OAK
Distance 12.1 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 39 to 65 F
Annual Precip 36.5 inches
Distance 18.7 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 31 F
Apr Temp 40 to 63 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 66 F
Annual Precip 33.9 inches
Distance 22.8 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 29 F
Apr Temp 37 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 64 F
Annual Precip 33.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Elliott 379 $40,750
Emerson 471 $57,143
Essex 912 $53,516
Henderson 171 $40,000

Red Oak Public Libraries

Red Oak Public Library
Red Oak, Iowa
(712) 623-6516

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Red Oak Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(712) 623-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 362 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

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Student/teacher ratio: 20

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