Introduction to Webster City, Iowa

Webster City, Iowa, in Hamilton county, is located 31 miles N of Ames, Iowa (center to center) and is 137 miles NE of Omaha, Nebraska.

Webster City History

Webster City was initially named as the town of Newcastle by Wilson Brewer. The land was purchased by Walter C. Willson and his brother, Sumler in 1855. They built the first sawmill and the first hotel of the area. The first post office was established on October 9, 1855 and was known as Webster City Post Office and J. J. Wadsworth was the first postmaster. It is the county seat of Hamilton County, which was established in 1856. Later on January 1, 1857, Newcastle was renamed to Webster City. The city was originally served by the Dubuque and Pacific Railroad.

Webster City and nearby Attractions

  • Bonebright Museum Complex
  • Brushy Creek State Park
  • Lehigh Historical Museum
  • Briggs Woods Park
  • Lake Cornelia Park
  • Dolliver Memorial State Park

Things To Do In Webster City

Tourists can visit the Drummer Boy at Shiloh Historical Marker, Dragoon Trail in Hamilton County Historical Marker, and First White Settler in Webster City Historical Marker while staying in Webster City. The city also has several churches such as the Saint Paul's Lutheran Church, Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, and First Assembly of God Church. Golf enthusiasts can visit the Webster City Country Club. The Brushy Creek State Park, Bonebright Museum Complex, and Briggs Woods Park are also worth visiting.

Webster City Transportation

Des Moines International Airport is the nearest airport.

Webster City Higher Education

There are several universities and colleges that offer higher educational facilities including Iowa State University, Des Moines Community College, Iowa Central Community College, and many more.


Total Population 7,869
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 21.7%
Employed Population 16+ 3,680
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 55%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $55,169
% Above Poverty Level 85.4%
% Below Poverty Level 14.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 1.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.3%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 34.6%
Median Gross Rent $639
Median House Value $86,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.9%
US/American 0%
English 9.8%
Irish 12.3%

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

Webster City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 31 miles N of Ames, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 137 miles NE of Omaha, Nebraska
County Hamilton
Standard Zip Codes 50595
Phone Area Codes 515
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.469
Longitude -93.815

Webster City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 26 F
Apr Temp 35 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 85 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 33.5 inches
Distance 18.7 miles
Jan Temp 5 to 23 F
Apr Temp 35 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 33 inches
Distance 19.7 miles
Jan Temp 6 to 25 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 34.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Blairsburg 112 $63,750
Duncombe 363 $56,250
Kamrar 184 $42,500

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

Webster City Public Libraries

Kendall Young Library
Webster City, Iowa
(515) 832-9100

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Webster City Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(515) 832-9400
Emergency Service: Yes

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Webster City High Schools

Serves 606 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

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