Overview

Introduction to Nevada, Iowa

Nevada, Iowa, in Story county, is located 8 miles E of Ames, Iowa (center to center) and is 138 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska. As of the year 2000 census, 6,658 people resided in Nevada.

Nevada History

Nevada is the county seat of Story County, which was established in 1846. In 1853, the county was named in honor of Joseph Story, a Supreme Court Justice. Nevada was founded by Johnson Edgar on October 12, 1853. The city was named by Joseph Thrift. It was named for the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Nevada and nearby Attractions

  • Brunnier Art Museum
  • Octagon Center for the Arts
  • Big Creek State Park
  • Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace
  • Farm House Museum

Things To Do In Nevada

Tourists can visit the Brunnier Art Museum and the Octagon Center for Arts. The Hattery Park, Mardean Park, and Kiwanis Park also offer a number of recreational facilities. There are a number of churches in the city including the Seventh Day Adventist Church and the Assembly of God Church. The Nevada Public Library is a delight for the booklovers. The city celebrates the local festival of Lincoln Highway Days in August every year.

Nevada Transportation

Air transportation is available from Des Moines International Airport.

Nevada Higher Education

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

Demographics

People

Total Population6,798
Male Share of the Population51%
Female Share of the Population49%
Senior Citizens15.7%
Employed Population 16+3,293
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married55.7%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher33.1%
Median Earnings25+$40,125
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,139
Median Earnings With High School Degree$29,301

Wealth

Median Family Income$72,813
% Above Poverty Level86.7%
% Below Poverty Level13.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home5.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.7%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone26.8%
Median Gross Rent$654
Median House Value$132,800

Ancestry

German35.3%
Irish15.2%
Norwegian13.4%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)12.3%
English10.7%
Dutch3.1%
Italian3%
French Except Basque2.4%
Danishn2.3%
Scottish2.2%
Swedish1.9%
Czech1.5%
Polish1.2%
Welsh1.1%
Arab0.9%
Lebanese0.9%
Swiss0.5%
Belgian0.4%
Russian0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Austrian0.2%
Sudanese0.1%
African0.1%
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Nevada Almanac

CategoryValue
CountyStory County
Standard Zip Codes50201
Phone Area Codes515
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude42.01
Approximate Longitude-93.45

Nevada Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationCOLO
Distance7 miles
Jan Temp8 to 27 F
Apr Temp36 to 59 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp39 to 63 F
Annual Precip35 inches
StationANKENY
Distance22 miles
Jan Temp9 to 28 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp64 to 86 F
Oct Temp39 to 63 F
Annual Precip33.3 inches
StationMARSHALLTOWN
Distance26.8 miles
Jan Temp7 to 27 F
Apr Temp37 to 59 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip36.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Ames65,937$84,248
Cambridge804$79,219
Colo916$70,909
Maxwell832$79,135
McCallsburg378$69,750
Roland1,233$86,538

Nevada Public Libraries

Nevada Public Library
631 K AVE
Nevada, Iowa
(515) 382-2628

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Nevada Hospitals

Story County Hospital
(Government - Local)
640 South 19th Street
(515) 382-2111
Story County Hospital
(Government - Local)
640 6th Street
(515) 382-2111

Nevada Public Schools

Central Elementary School
910 10th St
ZIP: 50201
(515) 382-2383
Primary
Total Enrollment 732
Nevada High School
1001 15th St
ZIP: 50201
(515) 382-3521
High
Total Enrollment 448
Nevada Middle School
1035 15th St
ZIP: 50201
(515) 382-2751
Middle
Total Enrollment 460

Nevada Private Schools

Nevada Seventh-day Adventist School
224 6th St
ZIP: 50201
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
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