Introduction to Vinton, Iowa

Vinton, Iowa, in Benton county, is located 22 miles NW of Cedar Rapids, Iowa (center to center) and is 199 miles S of St. Paul, Minnesota. The city has a population of approximately 5,102.

Vinton History

Vinton was originally named as Northport. The area was first settled in the mid 1800s. Later on, the city was renamed after an Ohio congressman named Plym Vinton. It is the county seat of Benton County, which was established on December 21, 1837 and was named after the US Senator from Missouri called Thomas Hart Benton. The city was primarily a rural farming community and presently includes several active factories.

Vinton and nearby Attractions

  • Perrys Wilderness Ranch and Zoo
  • Seminole Valley Farm Museum
  • Ushers Ferry Historic Village
  • National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library
  • Brucemore
  • Cedar Rock State Park

Things To Do In Vinton

Vinton provides ease to Morgan Creek Park, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and Science Station. You can also visit the Anderson Park, Vinton Railroad Depot and Museum, and Riverside Park. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy their leisure at the Vinton Country Club and Twins Pines Golf Course. Vinton is also home to many churches including the Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Faith Independent Baptist Church, Wesley United Methodist Church, and Saint Mary’s Church.

Vinton Transportation

Eastern Iowa Airport offers facilities for air transportation.

Vinton Higher Education

Kirkwood Community College, Hawkeye Community College, and University of Northern Iowa are some of the nearest colleges and universities.


Total Population 5,211
Male Share of the Population 47%
Female Share of the Population 53%
Senior Citizens 19.6%
Employed Population 16+ 2,175
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 47.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.1%
Median Earnings25+ $31,615
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $4,400
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,313


Median Family Income $65,152
% Above Poverty Level 88.3%
% Below Poverty Level 11.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 10%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.8%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 32.3%
Median Gross Rent $574
Median House Value $103,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.9%
US/American 0%
English 11.2%
Irish 15.6%

Vinton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 22 miles NW of Cedar Rapids, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 199 miles S of St. Paul, Minnesota
County Benton
Standard Zip Codes 52349
Phone Area Codes 319
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.168
Longitude -92.023

Vinton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station VINTON
Distance 1.2 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 26 F
Apr Temp 37 to 61 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 63 F
Annual Precip 34.2 inches
Distance 24.4 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 28 F
Apr Temp 39 to 62 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36.6 inches
Distance 32.7 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 26 F
Apr Temp 36 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 33.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brandon 325 $50,000
Garrison 349 $56,875

Vinton Public Libraries

Vinton Public Library
510 2ND AVE
Vinton, Iowa
(319) 472-4208

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Student/teacher ratio: 12.7

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