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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population12,609
Male Share of the Population47.5%
Female Share of the Population52.5%
Senior Citizens16.4%
Employed Population 16+6,629
Age of the Population38

Families

% of people married50%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher19.3%
Median Earnings25+$32,443
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,846
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,573

Wealth

Median Family Income$64,036
% Above Poverty Level87.1%
% Below Poverty Level12.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.6%
% Using Public Transportation0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone34.5%
Median Gross Rent$621
Median House Value$104,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)14.6%
Irish13.2%
English9.8%
Swedish6.8%
Norwegian6.7%
Italian3.5%
Dutch3.1%
French Except Basque1.7%
Danishn1.6%
Scottish1.2%
Polish1.2%
Welsh0.9%
Canadian0.8%
Czech0.5%
Swiss0.4%
Russian0.4%
Slovak0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Greek0.3%
Lebanese0.2%
US/American0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Arab0.2%
Austrian0.1%
German0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
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Boone Almanac

CategoryValue
County Boone County
Standard Zip Codes50036, 50099
P.O. Box Zip Codes50037
Phone Area Codes515
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude42.05
Approximate Longitude-93.87

Boone Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBOONE
Distance0.7 miles
Jan Temp7 to 28 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp39 to 64 F
Annual Precip36.3 inches
StationPERRY
Distance19.8 miles
Jan Temp8 to 28 F
Apr Temp36 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp38 to 63 F
Annual Precip31.9 inches
StationANKENY
Distance28.7 miles
Jan Temp9 to 28 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp64 to 86 F
Oct Temp39 to 63 F
Annual Precip33.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Gilbert1,183$93,472
Kelley306$81,250
Luther147$78,250
Madrid2,585$61,977
Ogden2,069$69,952
Pilot Mound161$53,750

Boone Public Libraries

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

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Boone Hospitals

Boone County Hospital
(Government - Local)
1015 Union
(515) 432-3140

Boone Public Schools

Boone High School
500 7th St
ZIP: 50036
(515) 433-0890
High
Total Enrollment 702
Boone Middle School
1640 1st
ZIP: 50036
(515) 433-0020
Middle
Total Enrollment 571
Franklin Elementary School
1903 Crawford Street
ZIP: 50036
(515) 433-0860
Primary
Total Enrollment 394
Futures
727 W 3rd St
ZIP: 50036
(515) 433-0885
High
Total Enrollment 48
Lincoln Elementary School
711 W Mamie Eisenhower
ZIP: 50036
(515) 433-0800
Primary
Total Enrollment 181
Page Elementary School
102 S Boone St
ZIP: 50036
(515) 433-0840
Primary
Total Enrollment 175
United Community North
1284 U Ave
ZIP: 50036
(515) 432-5393
Primary
Total Enrollment 137
United Community South
1284 U Ave
ZIP: 50036
(515) 432-5319
Primary
Total Enrollment 137

Boone Private Schools

Sacred Heart School
1111 Marshall St
ZIP: 50036
Elementary
Total Enrollment 138
Trinity Lutheran School
712 12th St
ZIP: 50036
Elementary
Total Enrollment 84
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Historic Boone

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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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