Introduction to Iola, Kansas

Iola, Kansas is located 73 miles S of Lawrence, Kansas (center to center) and is 92 miles SW of Kansas City, Missouri. It is in Allen county, and has a population of 6,302 residents.

Iola History

The city of Iola was formed in the year 1859. It was named after Iola Colborn, whose father built the first frame style house in the area. Iola was made the seat of Allen County in the year 1865. Iola was officially incorporated in the year 1870. During the years 1895 to 1904, the population of the city grew tremendously, and from a town Iola grew into a city.

Iola and nearby Attractions

  • Fort Scott National Historic Site
  • Mine Creek Battlefield
  • Coffey County Historical Society & Museum
  • Johnson Safari Museum
  • Allen County Historical Society & Museum

Things To Do In Iola

The City of Iola offers easy access to various historical sites and museums. Tourists can visit the Fort Scott National Historic Site and Coffey County Museum. S number of recreational facilities are offered by parks like Garfield Park, and Riverside Park. The Church of God, Community Baptist Church, and Wesley United Methodist Church are among some the beautiful churches in the city. Visitors of the city may even participate the annual festivals like the Allen County Fair.

Iola Transportation

Forbes Field Airport is one of the nearest airports.

Iola Higher Education

Allen County Community College, Pittsburg State University, and Emporia State University are a few of the institutions that offer higher educational opportunities.


Total Population 5,602
Male Share of the Population 46.9%
Female Share of the Population 53.1%
Senior Citizens 17.2%
Employed Population 16+ 2,304
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 41.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $42,772
% Above Poverty Level 73.1%
% Below Poverty Level 26.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.6%


People Living Alone 37.6%
Median Gross Rent $530
Median House Value $69,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.4%
US/American 0%
English 6.5%
Irish 12%

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

Iola Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 73 miles S of Lawrence, Kansas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 92 miles SW of Kansas City, Missouri
County Allen
Standard Zip Codes 66749
Phone Area Codes 620
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.924
Longitude -95.399

Iola Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station IOLA 1 W
Distance 1.9 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 40 F
Apr Temp 44 to 67 F
Jul Temp 69 to 91 F
Oct Temp 47 to 71 F
Annual Precip 41.8 inches
Distance 18.4 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 41 F
Apr Temp 45 to 68 F
Jul Temp 69 to 91 F
Oct Temp 47 to 70 F
Annual Precip 41.9 inches
Distance 35.4 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 39 F
Apr Temp 43 to 67 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 45 to 70 F
Annual Precip 41.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Carlyle (66749)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Colony 408 $47,500
Gas 606 $50,781
Humboldt 1,826 $46,900
La Harpe 542 $37,917
Moran 545 $46,250
Neosho Falls 132 $31,250

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

Iola Public Libraries

Iola Public Library
Iola, Kansas
(620) 365-3262
Library Web Site

library logo

More Information for Librarians

Iola Hospitals

101 S 1ST ST
(620) 365-1020
Emergency Service: Yes

These schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles). Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.
Results:  5
Matching School Ads
  • BS in Business Administration - Project Management
  • MSHUS- Family and Community Services
  • AAS in Information Technology - Network Administration
  • Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.
  • Veterinary Technician (Associate)
  • Penn Foster College

    Penn Foster College offers a complete learning experience for busy adults looking to advance their education around their schedule. With Penn Foster College, you can earn your degree or undergraduate certificate online and at a pace that’s right for you.

  • Master of Public Administration Online
  • Master of Arts in International Relations Online
  • Master of Civil Engineering Online
  • Earn your Master's degree online from Norwich University.
  • Online Master of Social Work
  • Founded in 1766, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher learning.

  • Diploma in Pastry Arts
  • Diploma in Culinary Arts
  • You can fire up a new career with help from  Auguste Escoffier Schools of Culinary Arts. We offer two programs for careers in the culinary industry, including culinary arts and pastry arts.

camnpus icon
Request Info

Iola High Schools

Serves 459 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

Iola Colleges

Click school name for a detailed profile.

Additional Details
Iola Colleges
Iola colleges and trade schools.
Study Online in Iola

Career and College Resources

Real-World Career Reports
Career References and Original Articles
College Directories and Lists
Additional Resources
Info for Iola Government Officials

Are you an official in the Iola government or quasi-government agency such as the chamber of commerce, visitors bureau or economic development council? If so, visit our information page for government officials to see how CityTownInfo can support you.

Back to Top