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Overview

Introduction to Algona, Iowa

Algona, Iowa, in Kossuth county, is located 78 miles NW of Ames, Iowa (center to center) and 140 miles S of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Algona History

Algona was founded by Asa and Ambrose Call in 1854. The city derived its name from an Indian term for Algonquin waters. L.S. Rogers purchased the land in June 1874. It was originally named as Valley City. The first post office of the area was established in the early 1900s and the city adopted its present name. Claude Googe became the first postmaster. Algona was incorporated in 1955 and Ward Thomas was elected as the first mayor of the city.

Algona and nearby Attractions

  • Ambrose A. Call State Park
  • Algona P.W. Camp Museum
  • Grotto of the Redemption
  • Hobo Museum
  • Allee Mansion
  • Eagle Grove Museum

Things To Do In Algona

While in Algona visitors can spend their free hours at the Blackford Park, Maple Park, and Central Park. The city also includes many houses of worship such as the Algona Evangelical Free Church, Saint Thomas Episcopal Church, Bible Baptist Church, and Faith Assembly of God Church. The Kossuth County Historical Museum, Algona P.W. Camp Museum, and Ambrose A. Call State Park are also worth visiting. Besides, the city hosts events like Band Day Festival, Kossuth County Fair, and Founders' Day every year.

Algona Transportation

Flights can be availed from Fort Dodge Regional Airport.

Algona Higher Education

Iowa Central Community College, North Iowa Area Community College, Buena Vista University, and other colleges and universities offer facilities for higher education.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,488
Male Share of the Population46.5%
Female Share of the Population53.5%
Senior Citizens26.4%
Employed Population 16+2,712
Age of the Population46

Families

% of people married57.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher24.9%
Median Earnings25+$37,500
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,536
Median Earnings With High School Degree$34,188

Wealth

Median Family Income$73,281
% Above Poverty Level94.3%
% Below Poverty Level5.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time9 minutes
% Working from Home2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.9%
% Using Public Transportation1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone37.5%
Median Gross Rent$637
Median House Value$130,800

Ancestry

Irish11.9%
Norwegian10.9%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)5.2%
English5%
Swedish2.9%
French Except Basque2.3%
Danishn2.3%
Dutch1.8%
Scottish1.7%
Polish0.7%
German0.7%
Canadian0.6%
Welsh0.6%
Swiss0.4%
Czech0.4%
Italian0.3%
Hungarian0.2%
Bahamian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Russian0.2%
Luxemburger0.2%
Greek0.1%
Arab0.1%
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Algona Almanac

CategoryValue
County Kossuth County
Standard Zip Codes50511
Phone Area Codes515
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude43.07
Approximate Longitude-94.23

Algona Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationALGONA 3 W
Distance3.4 miles
Jan Temp3 to 23 F
Apr Temp33 to 57 F
Jul Temp60 to 83 F
Oct Temp36 to 60 F
Annual Precip30.6 inches
StationBRITT
Distance22 miles
Jan Temp3 to 22 F
Apr Temp35 to 56 F
Jul Temp61 to 82 F
Oct Temp38 to 59 F
Annual Precip31.5 inches
StationHUMBOLDT 3 W
Distance24.5 miles
Jan Temp7 to 25 F
Apr Temp37 to 59 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip32.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Burt556$53,750
Livermore466$61,528
Lone Rock201$69,375
Wesley388$71,000
West Bend758$70,263
Whittemore476$65,000

Algona Public Libraries

Algona Public Library
210 N PHILLIPS
Algona, Iowa
(515) 295-5476

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Algona Hospitals

Kossuth County Hospital
(Government - Local)
1515 South Phillips
(515) 622-2720

Algona Public Schools

Algona High School
601 S Hale
ZIP: 50511
(515) 295-7207
High
Total Enrollment 413
Algona Middle School
601 S. Hale
ZIP: 50511
(515) 295-7207
Middle
Total Enrollment 395
Bertha Godfrey Elementary School
124 N Main
ZIP: 50511
(515) 295-3586
Primary
Total Enrollment 220
Bryant Elementary School
121 E North
ZIP: 50511
(515) 295-7773
Primary
Total Enrollment 207
Lucia Wallace Elementary School
729 E Kennedy
ZIP: 50511
(515) 295-7296
Primary
Total Enrollment 206

Algona Private Schools

Bishop Garrigan High School
1224 N Mccoy St
ZIP: 50511
Secondary
Total Enrollment 245
Seton Grade School
808 E Lucas St
ZIP: 50511
Elementary
Total Enrollment 241
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