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Overview

Introduction to Fort Madison, Iowa

Fort Madison, Iowa, in Lee county, is located 72 miles S of Iowa City, Iowa (center to center) and 148 miles N of St. Louis, Missouri.

Fort Madison History

The Fort Madison was established in 1808 and was the first military post of United States on the upper Mississippi River. The fort was named in the honor of James Madison, the fourth U.S President. In fact, the city was built around the fort and was also named after it. It is one of the two county seats of Lee County, which was founded in 1836. The area was originally inhabited by the Native Americans prior to white settlers first arriving in the late 1830s.

Fort Madison and nearby Attractions

  • Old Fort Madison
  • Woodlands Scenic Byway
  • Fort Madison Art Center
  • North Lee County Historical Center
  • Hawkeye Log Cabin
  • Oquawka State Wildlife Refuge

Things To Do In Fort Madison

Fort Madison is home to many parks and playgrounds including the Riverview Park, Old Settlers Park, Sheaffer Park, and Victory Park. The Lone Chimney Monument Historical Marker and USS Maine Memorial Historical Marker are also worth visiting. Visitors can even plan a trip to the Old Madison Fort, North Lee County Historical Center, and Fort Madison Art Center. The local shopping center is known as the Lodi Shopping Center. The Fort Madison Toll Bridge is the only remaining double swing - span bridge on Mississippi River.

Fort Madison Transportation

Southeast Iowa Regional Airport can be reached within few minutes.

Fort Madison Higher Education

Western Illinois University, Augustana College, University of Iowa, and many other colleges and universities offer higher educational opportunities.

Demographics

People

Total Population10,634
Male Share of the Population52.5%
Female Share of the Population47.5%
Senior Citizens19.3%
Employed Population 16+4,757
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married46.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher12.7%
Median Earnings25+$32,845
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,686
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,337

Wealth

Median Family Income$58,188
% Above Poverty Level84.4%
% Below Poverty Level15.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.7%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone35.2%
Median Gross Rent$630
Median House Value$80,400

Ancestry

German36.5%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)16.8%
Irish15.8%
English10.2%
Swedish2.9%
Italian2.1%
French Except Basque2.1%
Polish2%
Scottish2%
Dutch1.6%
Norwegian1.1%
Arab0.9%
Danishn0.5%
Jordanian0.5%
Lebanese0.4%
Welsh0.4%
Czech0.4%
Canadian0.2%
Iranian0.2%
Russian0.2%
Romanian0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
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Fort Madison Almanac

CategoryValue
County Lee County
Standard Zip Codes52627
Phone Area Codes319
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude40.61
Approximate Longitude-91.35

Fort Madison 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 MADISON
Distance1.3 miles
Jan Temp16 to 32 F
Apr Temp44 to 62 F
Jul Temp70 to 86 F
Oct Temp47 to 65 F
Annual Precip38.5 inches
StationBURLINGTON RADIO KBUR
Distance15.1 miles
Jan Temp15 to 30 F
Apr Temp43 to 62 F
Jul Temp67 to 85 F
Oct Temp46 to 65 F
Annual Precip37.9 inches
StationKEOKUK LOCK DAM 19
Distance16.3 miles
Jan Temp15 to 33 F
Apr Temp42 to 62 F
Jul Temp67 to 87 F
Oct Temp45 to 66 F
Annual Precip37.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Donnellson882$70,625
Franklin172$75,625
Middletown388$63,250
Montrose911$62,708
West Point958$64,750

Fort Madison Public Libraries

Fort Madison Public Library
1920 AVE E
Fort Madison, Iowa
(391) 372-5721

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Fort Madison Hospitals

Fort Madison Community Hospital
(Non-profit)
5445 Avenue O
(319) 372-6530

Fort Madison Public Schools

Fort Madison Alternative School
1602 Avenue F, Ste. 1
ZIP: 52627
(319) 372-8093
Fort Madison High School
2001 Ave B
ZIP: 52627
(319) 372-1862
High
Total Enrollment 651
Fort Madison Middle School
502 48th Street
ZIP: 52627
(319) 372-4687
Middle
Total Enrollment 740
Lincoln Elementary School
1326 Ave E
ZIP: 52627
(319) 372-2896
Primary
Total Enrollment 286
Richardson Elementary School
3301 Avenue L
ZIP: 52627
(319) 372-2765
Primary
Total Enrollment 367

Fort Madison Private Schools

Holy Trinity Jr-sr Catholic High School
2600 Avenue A
ZIP: 52627
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 310
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