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Overview

Introduction to Centerville, Iowa

Centerville, Iowa, in Appanoose county, is located 71 miles SE of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center) and 144 miles NE of Kansas City, Missouri.

Centerville History

Centerville is the county seat of Appanoose County. Jonathon Stratton founded the city in 1846, however at that time it was called Chaldea. Later on, the name was changed to Centerville. The city was incorporated in 1855. The coal industry played a significant role in the development of the city in the early 1900s. Later, when the demand for coal fell, the Rathbun Dam was built in the 1970s with a view to establish new industries. The city now has industrial plants for plastic products.

Centerville and nearby Attractions

  • Historical and Coal Mining Museum
  • Moravia Wabash Depot Museum
  • Sharon Bluffs State Park
  • Lake Wapello State Park
  • Moulton Historical Society Museum

Things To Do In Centerville

While in Centerville tourists can visit the Rathun Lake and the Rathun Fish Hatchery. The Honey Creek State Park offers facilities for picnic, boating, and camping. One can also visit the Appanoose County Museum and the Old Jail. Book lovers can have a look around the Drake Public Library and the Centerville Center Library. Visitors can also enjoy the Lake Center Mall. The city also hosts the Pancake Day Festival, Appanoose County Fair and the Croatian Fest each year.

Centerville Transportation

Air transportation is available from Kirksville Regional Airport.

Centerville Higher Education

The colleges and universities that offer higher education opportunities include Indian Hills Community College, Truman State University, Graceland University - Lamoni, and Des Moines Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,404
Male Share of the Population47.7%
Female Share of the Population52.3%
Senior Citizens21.5%
Employed Population 16+2,371
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married46.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher17.9%
Median Earnings25+$27,316
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,125
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,969

Wealth

Median Family Income$51,875
% Above Poverty Level77.9%
% Below Poverty Level22.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work4%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone44.2%
Median Gross Rent$538
Median House Value$66,000

Ancestry

German24.6%
Irish13.9%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)12.3%
English10%
Italian9.8%
French Except Basque4.4%
Dutch3%
Croatian2.9%
Scottish2.4%
Swedish1.4%
Norwegian1.1%
Czech0.7%
Luxemburger0.5%
Danishn0.3%
African0.3%
Welsh0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Russian0.2%
Polish0.2%
Swiss0.1%
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Centerville Almanac

CategoryValue
County Appanoose County
Standard Zip Codes52544
Phone Area Codes641
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude40.73
Approximate Longitude-92.87

Centerville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCENTERVILLE
Distance0.4 miles
Jan Temp12 to 31 F
Apr Temp38 to 62 F
Jul Temp65 to 86 F
Oct Temp42 to 65 F
Annual Precip36.7 inches
StationRATHBUN DAM
Distance7 miles
Jan Temp10 to 30 F
Apr Temp40 to 61 F
Jul Temp65 to 86 F
Oct Temp41 to 65 F
Annual Precip36.6 inches
StationCORYDON 8 W
Distance32 miles
Jan Temp11 to 30 F
Apr Temp39 to 61 F
Jul Temp65 to 85 F
Oct Temp40 to 64 F
Annual Precip35.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cincinnati314$50,625
Exline154$52,917
Moravia792$50,893
Moulton653$40,000
Mystic363$38,750
Unionville78$50,250

Centerville Public Libraries

Drake Public Library
115 DRAKE AVE
Centerville, Iowa
(641) 856-6676

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Centerville Hospitals

Mercy Medical Center-centerville
(Non-profit)
One St. Joseph Drive
(515) 437-4111

Centerville Public Schools

Centerville Community Preschool Bldg
838 S 18th St
ZIP: 52544
(641) 856-0628
Primary
Total Enrollment 60
Centerville Early Childhood Special Ed
838 South 18th
ZIP: 52544
(641) 856-0629
Centerville High School
600 Chs Drive
ZIP: 52544
(641) 856-0813
High
Total Enrollment 393
Central Ward Elementary School
320 Drake Ave
ZIP: 52544
(641) 856-0709
Primary
Total Enrollment 188
Garfield Elementary School
505 E. Walsh Street
ZIP: 52544
(641) 856-0759
Primary
Total Enrollment 65
Howar Junior High School
850 S Park Street
ZIP: 52544
(641) 856-0760
Middle
Total Enrollment 203
Lakeview Elementary
1800 S 11th St
ZIP: 52544
(641) 856-0637
Primary
Total Enrollment 395
Lincoln Elementary School
603 N 10th Street
ZIP: 52544
(641) 856-0749
Primary
Total Enrollment 85
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