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Overview

Introduction to Clear Lake, Iowa

Clear Lake, Iowa, in Cerro Gordo county, located is 69 miles NW of Waterloo, Iowa (center to center) and 126 miles S of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Clear Lake History

Clear Lake was named after the large water body called Clear Lake on which this city is located. In 1850, two men named James Dickerson ad Joseph Hewitt heard of a beautiful lake that existed in this area and came seeking it. They reached the Clear Lake shore in 1851 with their teams and families. They settled in the area and gradually transformed the city into an oasis for the residents of Midwest.

Clear Lake and nearby Attractions

  • Kinney Pioneer Museum
  • Iowa Trolley Park
  • Armour Pugh Memorial Park
  • Clear Lake
  • Fort Custer Maze

Things To Do In Clear Lake

Tourists in Clear Lake can visit the local parks which include the Iowa Trolley Park, Tourist Park, Armour Pugh Memorial Park, and Pine Tree Park. The Kinney Pioneer Museum is also a popular tourist attraction. The Clear Lake itself draws a number of people due to its scenic beauty. It is also worth taking a look around the Fort Custer Maze. Several festivals are hosted by Clear Lake such as the Color the Wind Kite Festival, Harvest Festival, Bicycle, Blues and BBQ Festival, Lakeside Dixie Fest, and Iowa Storytelling Festival each year.

Clear Lake Transportation

Mason City Municipal Airport is the nearest airport to Clear Lake.

Clear Lake Higher Education

The North Iowa Area Community College, Iowa State University, Iowa Central Community College, and Minnesota State University are some of the colleges and universities that offer higher educational facilities.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,644
Male Share of the Population46.7%
Female Share of the Population53.3%
Senior Citizens20.5%
Employed Population 16+3,813
Age of the Population44

Families

% of people married57.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher25.1%
Median Earnings25+$31,580
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,089

Wealth

Median Family Income$63,724
% Above Poverty Level85.6%
% Below Poverty Level14.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.3%
% Using Public Transportation1.3%

Housing

People Living Alone31.1%
Median Gross Rent$619
Median House Value$135,800

Ancestry

Norwegian15.5%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)12.6%
English11.5%
Irish11.1%
Dutch4.3%
Danishn3.9%
Polish3.2%
Italian3%
Swedish2.9%
Scottish1.9%
French Except Basque1.4%
Czech0.7%
Slovak0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Lithuanian0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Arab0.2%
Ukrainian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Russian0.1%
German0.1%
Belgian0.1%
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Clear Lake Almanac

CategoryValue
County Cerro Gordo County
Standard Zip Codes50428
Phone Area Codes641
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude43.13
Approximate Longitude-93.37

Clear Lake Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationMASON CITY AP
Distance2.5 miles
Jan Temp5 to 23 F
Apr Temp36 to 57 F
Jul Temp61 to 83 F
Oct Temp37 to 60 F
Annual Precip34.4 inches
StationFOREST CITY 2 NNE
Distance16.3 miles
Jan Temp3 to 23 F
Apr Temp34 to 57 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp38 to 61 F
Annual Precip32.2 inches
StationHAMPTON
Distance28.3 miles
Jan Temp5 to 23 F
Apr Temp35 to 57 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp38 to 61 F
Annual Precip34.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Fertile346$50,000
Garner3,091$71,522
Hanlontown211$65,833
Mason City27,546$62,817
Swaledale181$34,643
Ventura737$86,250

Clear Lake Public Libraries

Clear Lake Public Library
200 N 4TH ST
Clear Lake, Iowa
(641) 357-6133

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Clear Lake Public Schools

Clear Creek Elementary School
901 S 14th St
ZIP: 50428
(641) 357-5288
Primary
Total Enrollment 696
Clear Lake High School
125 N 20th St
ZIP: 50428
(641) 357-5235
High
Total Enrollment 400
Clear Lake Middle School School
1601 3rd Ave North
ZIP: 50428
(641) 357-6114
Middle
Total Enrollment 280
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