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Overview

Introduction to Decorah, Iowa

Decorah, Iowa, in Winneshiek county, is located 44 miles SW of La Crosse, Wisconsin (center to center) and 131 miles SE of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Decorah History

Day Family was the first settler in Decorah in 1849. A large number of Norwegian settlements in the past years made Decorah famous as a Norwegian - American culture center. The city was named in the honor of Chief Waukon Decorah, who was a Winnebago and cooperated with the American settlers during the Black Hawk War.

Decorah and nearby Attractions

  • Vesterheim Norwegian - American Museum
  • Mary Christopher Park
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum
  • Winneshiek County Fairground
  • Olson Hall

Things To Do In Decorah

Tourists can visit several parks including the Mary Christopher Park, Will Baker Park, and Dunnings Spring Park. Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum is also a popular tourist destination. You can visit the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, Farm Park at Decorah, and the Porter House Museum if you area interested in the area's history. Fort Atkinson State Preserve offers a number of recreational facilities. Every year various festivals like the Winneshiek County Fair and the Nordic Fest are hosted by Decorah.

Decorah Transportation

La Crosse Municipal Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Decorah Higher Education

Luther College is located in Decorah. The other colleges and universities that provide higher educational facilities include Northeast Iowa Community College - Calmar, Upper Iowa University, and Winona State University.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,985
Male Share of the Population47.9%
Female Share of the Population52.1%
Senior Citizens19.9%
Employed Population 16+4,692
Age of the Population31

Families

% of people married38.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher41.6%
Median Earnings25+$34,767
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,388

Wealth

Median Family Income$74,773
% Above Poverty Level88.3%
% Below Poverty Level11.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time12 minutes
% Working from Home5.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work36.6%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone39%
Median Gross Rent$590
Median House Value$160,500

Ancestry

German33.9%
Norwegian26.3%
Irish13.8%
English8.5%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)7.4%
Swedish5.3%
Dutch3.3%
Scottish3.2%
Czech2.6%
French Except Basque2.5%
Polish2.4%
Welsh1.5%
Russian1.1%
Danishn1%
African0.6%
Belgian0.5%
Canadian0.5%
Swiss0.3%
Croatian0.3%
Belizean0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Italian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
Ethiopian0.2%
Austrian0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
Serbian0.1%
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Decorah Almanac

CategoryValue
County Winneshiek County
Standard Zip Codes52101
Phone Area Codes563
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude43.3
Approximate Longitude-91.79

Decorah Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationDECORAH
Distance0.8 miles
Jan Temp7 to 25 F
Apr Temp36 to 59 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 61 F
Annual Precip33.4 inches
StationWAUKON
Distance15.4 miles
Jan Temp5 to 23 F
Apr Temp35 to 57 F
Jul Temp62 to 82 F
Oct Temp39 to 60 F
Annual Precip31.8 inches
StationCRESCO 1 NE
Distance16.8 miles
Jan Temp3 to 22 F
Apr Temp34 to 56 F
Jul Temp60 to 82 F
Oct Temp36 to 59 F
Annual Precip35.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Calmar1,023$51,767
Castalia188$56,875
Fort Atkinson259$57,321
Ossian962$64,028
Ridgeway285$56,964
Spillville433$67,917

Decorah Public Libraries

Decorah Public Library
202 WINNEBAGO ST
Decorah, Iowa
(563) 382-3717

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Decorah Hospitals

Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital
(Government - Local)
901 Montgomery Street
(319) 382-2911

Decorah Public Schools

Carrie Lee Elementary
210 Vernon Street
ZIP: 52101
(563) 382-3771
Primary
Total Enrollment 224
Decorah High School
100 Claiborne Drive
ZIP: 52101
(563) 382-3643
High
Total Enrollment 572
Decorah Middle School
405 Winnebago St.
ZIP: 52101
(563) 382-8427
Middle
Total Enrollment 480
John Cline Elementary School
101 Claiborne Drive
ZIP: 52101
(563) 382-3125
Primary
Total Enrollment 334
North Winneshiek Elementary School
3495 North Winn Road
ZIP: 52101
(563) 735-5411
Primary
Total Enrollment 101
North Winneshiek Middle School
3495 North Winn Road
ZIP: 52101
(563) 735-5411
Middle
Total Enrollment 42
West Side Elementary School
301 Center Street
ZIP: 52101
(563) 382-4451
Primary
Total Enrollment 79

Decorah Private Schools

St Benedict School
402 Rural Ave
ZIP: 52101
Elementary
Total Enrollment 128
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