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Overview

Introduction to Fort Dodge, Iowa

Fort Dodge, Iowa, in Webster county, is located 42 miles NW of Ames, Iowa (center to center) and 125 miles NE of Omaha, Nebraska.

Fort Dodge History

Fort Dodge was named for the fort, established in 1850, in the honor of the U.S. senator from Wisconsin named Henry Dodge. It is the county seat of Webster County, which was founded on January 15, 1851 and was named after an American statesman called Daniel Webster.

Fort Dodge and nearby Attractions

  • Fort Museum and Frontier Village
  • Brushy Creek State Park
  • Blanden Memorial Art Museum
  • Curious Kids' Museum
  • Lehigh Historical Museum
  • Frank A. Gotch State Park

Things To Do In Fort Dodge

Fort Dodge offers several recreational facilities. The Oleson Park has a small zoo where visitors can see the albino white tailed deer. It also offers scenic hiking trails. The Snell - Crawford Park offers a disc golf course, jogging and walking trail, 3 sand volleyball courts, BBQ grills, and picnic tables. You can also enjoy your leisure at the swimming beach of Kennedy Park. It also has an 18-hole golf course. Golf lovers can also visit the Fort Dodge Country Club and Sunkissed Meadows Golf Course. One can shop at the Crossroads Mall.

Fort Dodge Transportation

Fort Dodge Regional Airport is nearby.

Fort Dodge Higher Education

Iowa Central Community College, Des Moines Community College, Iowa State University, and many other colleges and universities offer higher educational facilities.

Demographics

People

Total Population24,626
Male Share of the Population51.2%
Female Share of the Population48.8%
Senior Citizens15.9%
Employed Population 16+10,443
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married38.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher22.8%
Median Earnings25+$29,531
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$11,225
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,005

Wealth

Median Family Income$52,466
% Above Poverty Level82%
% Below Poverty Level18%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time14 minutes
% Working from Home3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.1%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone38.4%
Median Gross Rent$599
Median House Value$84,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)17.5%
Irish16.4%
Norwegian9.9%
English6%
Swedish5%
French Except Basque2.6%
Italian2.1%
Danishn2%
Czech1.9%
Dutch1.7%
Scottish1.6%
African0.8%
Polish0.6%
Welsh0.6%
Swiss0.3%
Canadian0.3%
West Indian0.3%
Russian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Nigerian0.2%
German0.2%
Luxemburger0.2%
Haitian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Fort Dodge Almanac

CategoryValue
County Webster County
Standard Zip Codes50501
Phone Area Codes515
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude42.5
Approximate Longitude-94.17

Fort Dodge Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationFORT DODGE
Distance1.7 miles
Jan Temp6 to 25 F
Apr Temp35 to 59 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip34.3 inches
StationHUMBOLDT 3 W
Distance16 miles
Jan Temp7 to 25 F
Apr Temp37 to 59 F
Jul Temp62 to 84 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip32.2 inches
StationROCKWELL CITY
Distance24.7 miles
Jan Temp6 to 26 F
Apr Temp35 to 59 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp38 to 63 F
Annual Precip31.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Badger487$64,063
Barnum284$56,500
Duncombe313$47,344
Moorland212$40,417
Otho493$52,841
Vincent130$50,000

Fort Dodge Public Libraries

Fort Dodge Public Library
424 CENTRAL AVE
Fort Dodge, Iowa
(515) 573-8167

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Fort Dodge Hospitals

Trinity Regional Hospital
(Non-profit)
802 South Kenyon Road
(515) 573-3101

Fort Dodge Public Schools

Butler Elementary School
945 South 18th Street
ZIP: 50501
(515) 574-5882
Primary
Total Enrollment 494
Cooper Elementary School
2420 14th Avenue North
ZIP: 50501
(515) 574-5602
Primary
Total Enrollment 277
Duncombe Elementary School
615 N 16th St
ZIP: 50501
(515) 574-5623
Primary
Total Enrollment 320
Feelhaver Elementary School
1300 14th Ave N
ZIP: 50501
(515) 574-5680
Primary
Total Enrollment 238
Fort Dodge High School
819 N 25th St
ZIP: 50501
(515) 955-1770
High
Total Enrollment 1161
Fort Dodge Middle School
800 North 32nd Street
ZIP: 50501
(515) 574-5691
Middle
Total Enrollment 1080
Riverside Elc
733 F St
ZIP: 50501
(515) 574-5740
Primary
Total Enrollment 195

Fort Dodge Private Schools

Community Christian School
3058 10th Ave N
ZIP: 50501
Elementary
Total Enrollment 51
Harvest Baptist School
614 2nd Ave S
ZIP: 50501
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 62
St Edmond Catholic School
2220 4th Ave N
ZIP: 50501
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 794
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