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Overview

Introduction to Creston, Iowa

Creston, Iowa, in Union county, is located 54 miles SW of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center) and 83 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska.

Creston History

Creston was a railroad town and was constructed on the high prairie peak. The Crest was actually the high point on the Burlington line amidst the rivers of Mississippi and Missouri. Thus the name Creston developed. Creston was incorporated in 1871. The city became the county seat of Union County on November 25, 1890.

Creston and nearby Attractions

  • Union County Historical Village and Museum
  • McKinley Park
  • Green Valley State Park
  • John Wayne Birthplace

Things To Do In Creston

Tourists can visit the Green Valley State Park, McKinley Park, and Rainbow Park while staying in Creston. Union County Historical Village and Museum is a notable place and is popular for its rich historical significance. John Wayne Birthplace is also worth visiting. Apart from these the city also hosts several festivals like the Balloon Days every year.

Creston Transportation

Des Moines International Airport is the nearest airport.

Creston Higher Education

The Southwestern Community College is located in Creston. Other higher education institutes that can be attended from Creston include the Graceland University - Lamoni, Drake University, and Northwest Missouri state University.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,877
Male Share of the Population46.2%
Female Share of the Population53.8%
Senior Citizens17.9%
Employed Population 16+3,998
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married47.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher16.7%
Median Earnings25+$30,095
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$30,000
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,452

Wealth

Median Family Income$57,661
% Above Poverty Level84.4%
% Below Poverty Level15.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time15 minutes
% Working from Home2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.3%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone36.6%
Median Gross Rent$575
Median House Value$83,100

Ancestry

Irish12.5%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)10.7%
English6.4%
Italian4.1%
Swedish3.2%
Scottish2.9%
Danishn2.9%
French Except Basque2.7%
Dutch2.7%
Norwegian2.5%
Czech1.6%
Polish0.9%
Welsh0.5%
Romanian0.4%
African0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Kenyan0.3%
Portuguese0.2%
Luxemburger0.2%
West Indian0.1%
Haitian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
German0.1%
Russian0.1%
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Creston Almanac

CategoryValue
County Union County
Standard Zip Codes50801
Phone Area Codes641
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.05
Approximate Longitude-94.36

Creston Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCRESTON 2 SW
Distance2.7 miles
Jan Temp10 to 29 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp64 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip33.9 inches
StationCORNING
Distance21 miles
Jan Temp11 to 31 F
Apr Temp38 to 61 F
Jul Temp64 to 86 F
Oct Temp40 to 65 F
Annual Precip35.9 inches
StationMOUNT AYR 4 SW
Distance26.2 miles
Jan Temp11 to 31 F
Apr Temp38 to 61 F
Jul Temp65 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 65 F
Annual Precip34.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Afton967$54,375
Cromwell102$67,500
Lenox1,424$42,292
Macksburg121$30,000
Orient426$59,583
Prescott250$50,417

Creston Public Libraries

Matilda J. Gibson Memorial Library
200 W HOWARD ST
Creston, Iowa
(641) 782-2277

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Creston Hospitals

Greater Regional Medical Center
(Government - Local)
1700 West Townline Road
(515) 782-7091

Creston Public Schools

Creston Early Childhood Center
901 N Elm St
ZIP: 50801
(641) 782-2724
Primary
Total Enrollment 120
Creston Elementary School
805 Academic Ave
ZIP: 50801
(641) 782-1155
Primary
Total Enrollment 537
Creston High School
601 W Townline
ZIP: 50801
(641) 782-2116
High
Total Enrollment 492
Creston Middle School
805 Academic Ave.
ZIP: 50801
(641) 782-2129
Middle
Total Enrollment 294

Creston Private Schools

Mayflower Heritage Christian School
604 E Townline St
ZIP: 50801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 57
St Malachy School
403 W Clark St
ZIP: 50801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 159
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