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Overview

Introduction to Le Mars, Iowa

Le Mars, Iowa, in Plymouth county, is located 23 miles NE of Sioux City, Iowa (center to center) and is 106 miles N of Omaha, Nebraska.

Le Mars History

The city was platted in the year 1869. It was then known as St. Paul Junction. The city was later renamed to Le Mars after the initials of six ladies who arrived there in the late 19th century. By 1925, the Wells family had set up an ice cream manufacturing plant in the city. As a family, they went on to own the world’s largest dairy processor and became the largest ice cream manufacturer in one location. This led to city being nicknamed the "Ice Cream Capital of the World."

Le Mars and nearby Attractions

  • Plymouth County Historical Museum
  • Adams Homestead & Nature Preserve
  • Le Mars Municipal Golf Course
  • Ice Cream Capital of the World Visitor Center Museum
  • Milwaukee Railroad Roundhouse Historic Site

Things To Do In Le Mars

Tourists to Le Mars can enjoy the various facilities offered by the local parks including the Pool Park, Riverview Park, and Le Mars Municipal Park. The First Baptist Church, Assembly of God Church, First United Methodist Church, and Saint Joseph Church are among the beautiful churches in the city. Golf lovers may also enjoy visiting the Le Mars Municipal Golf Course. One can also take a trip to the Milwaukee Railroad Roundhouse Historic Site. In addition, the annual celebrations like the Ice Cream Days, and the Plymouth County Fair also attracts a number of visitors.

Le Mars Transportation

Sioux Gateway Airport/ Col. Bud Day Field provides facilities for air transportation.

Le Mars Higher Education

Higher educational opportunities are provided by the University of South Dakota, Buena Vista University, and Western Iowa Tech Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population9,826
Male Share of the Population48.5%
Female Share of the Population51.5%
Senior Citizens18.7%
Employed Population 16+4,886
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married52.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18.7%
Median Earnings25+$41,767
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$40,190
Median Earnings With High School Degree$40,517

Wealth

Median Family Income$72,030
% Above Poverty Level90.4%
% Below Poverty Level9.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time13 minutes
% Working from Home4.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.7%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone30.9%
Median Gross Rent$521
Median House Value$139,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)12.1%
Irish9.7%
Dutch8%
Polish4.7%
English4.4%
Norwegian4.1%
Luxemburger2.5%
Swedish2.4%
French Except Basque1.9%
Danishn1.4%
Scottish0.9%
Italian0.8%
Czech0.6%
African0.5%
Ethiopian0.3%
Russian0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Greek0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
German0.1%
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Le Mars Almanac

CategoryValue
County Plymouth County
Standard Zip Codes51031
Phone Area Codes712
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude42.78
Approximate Longitude-96.16

Le Mars Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationLE MARS
Distance1.1 miles
Jan Temp6 to 26 F
Apr Temp35 to 61 F
Jul Temp62 to 86 F
Oct Temp36 to 63 F
Annual Precip26.5 inches
StationHAWARDEN
Distance21.5 miles
Jan Temp5 to 26 F
Apr Temp34 to 60 F
Jul Temp62 to 85 F
Oct Temp36 to 62 F
Annual Precip26.7 inches
StationSIOUX CITY AP
Distance30.5 miles
Jan Temp9 to 29 F
Apr Temp37 to 62 F
Jul Temp63 to 86 F
Oct Temp38 to 64 F
Annual Precip25.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Brunsville105$83,750
Ireton665$66,042
Maurice323$65,000
Merrill829$58,125
Oyens88$65,417
Remsen1,824$61,667

Le Mars Public Libraries

Le Mars Public Library
46 1ST ST SW
Le Mars, Iowa
(712) 546-5004

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Le Mars Hospitals

Floyd Valley Hospital
714 Lincoln St Ne
(712) 546-7871

Le Mars Public Schools

Clark Elementary School
201 2nd Ave Nw
ZIP: 51031
(712) 546-8121
Primary
Total Enrollment 293
Franklin Elementary School
400 3rd Ave Se
ZIP: 51031
(712) 546-4185
Primary
Total Enrollment 276
Individualized Learning Center
940 Lincoln Street Sw
ZIP: 51031
(712) 546-5858
High
Total Enrollment 19
Kluckhohn Elementary School
1338 Central Ave Se
ZIP: 51031
(712) 546-7064
Primary
Total Enrollment 394
Le Mars High School
921 3rd Ave Sw
ZIP: 51031
(712) 546-4153
High
Total Enrollment 643
Le Mars Middle School
977 3rd Ave Sw
ZIP: 51031
(712) 546-7022
Middle
Total Enrollment 472

Le Mars Private Schools

Gehlen Catholic Schools
709 Plymouth St Ne
ZIP: 51031
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 445
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