Introduction to Boone, Iowa

Boone, Iowa, in Boone county, is located 13 miles W of Ames, Iowa (center to center) and 119 miles NE of Omaha, Nebraska.

Boone History

Boone is the county seat of Boone County which was founded on January 13, 1846. The county was named in the honor of Captain Nathan Boone. Lady Mamie Doud Eisenhower, the wife of 34th U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, was born in the City of Boone. The city is home to the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad, which was started in 1893 and contributed to the growth of the city.

Boone and nearby Attractions

  • Boone County Historical Center
  • Boone County Museum
  • Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace
  • Ledges State Park
  • Iowa Arboretum

Things To Do In Boone

Tourists can visit the Brunnier Art Museum which has an ensemble of the decorative arts. You can also have a look at the Octagon Center for the Arts. The Big Creek State Park and the Ledges State Park offer facilities for camping, fishing, canoeing and swimming. Book - lovers can visit the Ericson Public Library and the Boone Campus Library. There are also many churches in the city such as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Berean Baptist Church, and Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Boone Transportation

Air transportation is available from Des Moines International Airport.

Boone Higher Education

Institutes offering higher educational opportunities are the Iowa State University, Des Moines Community College, Drake University, and Iowa Central Community College.


Total Population 12,631
Male Share of the Population 47.8%
Female Share of the Population 52.2%
Senior Citizens 16.6%
Employed Population 16+ 6,328
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 49.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.3%
Median Earnings25+ $32,061
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,786
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,508


Median Family Income $62,962
% Above Poverty Level 89.1%
% Below Poverty Level 10.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%


People Living Alone 33.6%
Median Gross Rent $615
Median House Value $103,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.3%
US/American 0.2%
English 10.1%
Irish 15.2%

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

Boone Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 13 miles W of Ames, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 119 miles NE of Omaha, Nebraska
County Boone
Standard Zip Codes 50036
P.O. Box Zip Codes 50037
Phone Area Codes 515
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.059
Longitude -93.88

Boone Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station BOONE
Distance 0.7 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36.3 inches
Station PERRY
Distance 19.8 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 28 F
Apr Temp 36 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 31.9 inches
Station ANKENY
Distance 28.7 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 33.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Gilbert 1,237 $87,303
Kelley 323 $78,036
Luther 161 $68,750

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

Boone Public Libraries

Ericson Public Library
Boone, Iowa
(515) 432-3727

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Boone Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(515) 432-3140
Emergency Service: Yes

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Boone High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

500 7TH ST
Serves 870 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

727 W 3RD ST
A Non-traditional School
Serves 38 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.7

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Historic Boone


Railway station ca. 1898

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Railway station ca. 1898

Iowa (Boone Valley of Des Moines River, up from C. and N. W. Ry. viaduct) between 1900 and 1910

C. & N.W. Ry. i.e. Chicago & North Western Railway viaduct over Des Moines River ca. 1900

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