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Overview

Introduction to Oelwein, Iowa

Oelwein, Iowa, in Fayette county, is located 25 miles NE of Waterloo, Iowa (center to center) and is 168 miles S of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Oelwein History

Oelwein was laid out in Gustav Oelwein’s corn field. This city got its name from the Oelwein family. The first settler was a professional man at Dubuque. The emergence of rail lines and repair shops in Oelwein enabled it to earn the nicknames of the "Shop City" and the "Hub City." Oelwein was incorporated as a town in 1888 and as a city in 1897.

Oelwein and nearby Attractions

  • Hub City Heritage Railway Museum
  • Oelwein Area Historical Society Museum
  • Delwein City Park
  • Orville Christophel Park

Things To Do In Oelwein

Oelwein residents visit the many local parks including the Delwein City Park, Wings Park, and Orville Christophel Park. Tourists love to take a walk by the Delwein Lake. The Hub City Heritage Railway Museum and the Oelwein Area Historical Society Museum are popular tourist destinations.

Oelwein Transportation

Waterloo Municipal Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Oelwein Higher Education

Higher education institutes that students can avail include Upper Iowa University, Kirkwood Community College, University of Northern Iowa, and Northeast Iowa Community College - Calmar.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,093
Male Share of the Population49.1%
Female Share of the Population50.9%
Senior Citizens23.2%
Employed Population 16+2,822
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married45.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher16.1%
Median Earnings25+$28,882
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$11,746
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,865

Wealth

Median Family Income$51,291
% Above Poverty Level85.3%
% Below Poverty Level14.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home5.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work5.4%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone34.5%
Median Gross Rent$646
Median House Value$67,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)11.9%
Irish10.5%
English8.9%
Italian4.8%
Norwegian4%
Dutch2.6%
Danishn2.4%
French Except Basque2%
Scottish1.9%
Czech1.9%
Polish1.5%
Swedish1%
Canadian0.9%
Welsh0.7%
Portuguese0.7%
German0.6%
Swiss0.5%
Icelander0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Slovak0.3%
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Oelwein Almanac

CategoryValue
County Fayette County
Standard Zip Codes50662
Phone Area Codes319
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude42.67
Approximate Longitude-91.91

Oelwein Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationOELWEIN 2 S
Distance1.6 miles
Jan Temp6 to 24 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp62 to 82 F
Oct Temp38 to 61 F
Annual Precip34.6 inches
StationFAYETTE
Distance13.2 miles
Jan Temp4 to 23 F
Apr Temp34 to 57 F
Jul Temp60 to 82 F
Oct Temp37 to 60 F
Annual Precip35.9 inches
StationINDEPENDENCE
Distance13.2 miles
Jan Temp9 to 26 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 63 F
Annual Precip34.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Aurora192$60,938
Fairbank1,174$72,337
Hazleton838$44,500
Maynard492$70,833
Stanley141$57,000
Westgate197$71,875

Oelwein Public Libraries

Oelwein Public Library
201 E CHARLES ST
Oelwein, Iowa
(319) 283-1515

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Oelwein Hospitals

Mercy Hospital Of Franciscan Sisters
(Non-profit)
201 8th Avenue Southeast
(319) 283-2314

Oelwein Public Schools

Little Husky Learning Center
317 8th Ave Se, Suite D
ZIP: 50622
(319) 283-2302
Primary
Total Enrollment 185
Oelwein High School
315 8th Ave Se
ZIP: 50662
(319) 283-2731
High
Total Enrollment 385
Oelwein Middle School
300 12th Ave Se
ZIP: 50662
(319) 283-3015
Middle
Total Enrollment 276
Parkside Elementary School
301 6th Ave Sw
ZIP: 50662
(319) 283-1245
Primary
Total Enrollment 87
Wings Park Elementary School
111 8th Ave Ne
ZIP: 50662
(319) 283-1982
Primary
Total Enrollment 366

Oelwein Private Schools

Sacred Heart Elementary School
601 1st Ave Sw
ZIP: 50662
Elementary
Total Enrollment 109
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