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Overview

Introduction to Anamosa, Iowa

Anamosa, Iowa, in Jones county, is located 19 miles E of Cedar Rapids, Iowa (center to center) and 183 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Anamosa History

Anamosa was founded in 1838 when it was a settlement of Buffalo Forks. It was incorporated in 1856 as Lexington, and in 1877, it was reincorporated as a city and renamed Anamosa. Tradition has it that the city derived its name from an Indian term meaning 'little dog', however, some believe that it was named after a Native American girl named Anamosa. The name was suggested by Edmund Booth, a deaf man who edited and wrote for the local newspaper - The Eureka. In 1993, the Iowa State Legislature named Anamosa as the Pumpkin Capital of Iowa.

Anamosa and Nearby Attractions

  • Wapsipinicon State Park
  • Field of Dreams Movie Site
  • Curtis Hill Indian Museum
  • Grant Wood Tourism Center
  • Squaw Creek Park

Things To Do In Anamosa

Among the museums near Anamosa are Granger House Museum, Science Station, and the National Motorcycle Museum. An interesting place to visit is the historic site of Brucemore. The Palisades - Kepler State Park and Pinicon Ridge County Park have camping sites, hiking trails, boating, fishing, and picnic areas. Every year Anamosa hosts the Grant Wood Art Festival usually in June and the Pumpkinfest sometime in October.

Anamosa Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Eastern Iowa Airport.

Anamosa Higher Education

Nearby colleges include Coe College, Cornell College, Kirkwood Community College, and Mount Mercy College.

People

Total Population 5,518
Male Share of the Population 55.5%
Female Share of the Population 44.5%
Senior Citizens 16.7%
Employed Population 16+ 1,843
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 42.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $55,914
% Above Poverty Level 80.4%
% Below Poverty Level 19.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.7%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 32.9%
Median Gross Rent $537
Median House Value $97,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.7%
US/American 0%
English 6%
Irish 16.6%

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

Anamosa Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 19 miles E of Cedar Rapids, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 183 miles W of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County Jones
Standard Zip Codes 52205
Phone Area Codes 319
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.108
Longitude -91.285

Anamosa Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station ANAMOSA 1 WNW
Distance 1 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 27 F
Apr Temp 36 to 60 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 35.3 inches
Station CEDAR RAPIDS NO 1
Distance 16.2 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
Station MANCHESTER #2
Distance 26.2 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 26 F
Apr Temp 35 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 34.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Amber (52205)

Fairview (52205)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Center Junction 93 $63,125

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

Anamosa Public Libraries

Library
Anamosa Public Library
100 E FIRST
Anamosa, Iowa
(319) 462-2183

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Anamosa Hospitals

JONES REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
104 BROADWAY PLACE
(319) 462-6131
Emergency Service: Yes

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Anamosa High Schools

ANAMOSA HIGH SCHOOL
209 SADIE ST
319-462-3594
Serves 417 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.1

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