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Overview

Introduction to Oskaloosa, Iowa

Oskaloosa, Iowa, in Mahaska county, is located 54 miles E of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center) and is 171 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska.

Oskaloosa History

Oskaloosa got its name from Ouscaloosa, who according to the legend was a Creek princess. The princess married the chief of Osceola, named Seminole. The name means "last of the beautiful." The first white settlers who came to the city in 1835 were led by Nathan Boone. It was officially platted in 1844 and also became a county in the same year.

Oskaloosa and nearby Attractions

  • Southern Iowa Fairgrounds
  • McGrew Fine Arts Center
  • Heartland Square Mall
  • Hewitt Jaycee Park
  • Nelson Pioneer Farm & Crafts Museum

Things To Do In Oskaloosa

Tourists in Oskaloosa can visit several parks in the city including Keating Jaycee Park, City Square Park, and the Frederick Logan Historical Marker. The Nelson Pioneer Farm & Crafts Museum is the best hangout for the history and art lovers of the city. Southern Iowa Fairgrounds is also worth visiting. Shopping is a great activity at the Penn Central Mall and the Heartland Square Mall. Festivals such as the Nelson Pioneer Farm Fall Festival and the Southern Iowa Fair are hosted by the city every year.

Oskaloosa Transportation

Des Moines International Airport offers air transportation opportunities.

Oskaloosa Higher Education

Residents of Oskaloosa can attend the William Penn University, Indian Hills Community College, Des Moines Community College, and Iowa State University.

Demographics

People

Total Population11,531
Male Share of the Population50.2%
Female Share of the Population49.8%
Senior Citizens18.6%
Employed Population 16+5,527
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married45.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher24.7%
Median Earnings25+$32,072
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,102
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,776

Wealth

Median Family Income$56,719
% Above Poverty Level79.9%
% Below Poverty Level20.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work6.4%
% Using Public Transportation0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone36.2%
Median Gross Rent$611
Median House Value$95,200

Ancestry

German22.1%
Irish15.4%
Dutch14.4%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)13.1%
English10.6%
Swedish2.5%
Italian2.4%
Scottish1.9%
Norwegian1.8%
Welsh1.5%
French Except Basque1.3%
Polish1%
Czech0.9%
Canadian0.8%
Danishn0.7%
Swiss0.3%
African0.3%
Greek0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Lebanese0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Arab0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Russian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Oskaloosa Almanac

CategoryValue
County Mahaska County
Standard Zip Codes52577
Phone Area Codes641
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.29
Approximate Longitude-92.63

Oskaloosa Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationOSKALOOSA
Distance1.4 miles
Jan Temp10 to 29 F
Apr Temp37 to 61 F
Jul Temp64 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip36.9 inches
StationALBIA 3 NNE
Distance17.5 miles
Jan Temp11 to 29 F
Apr Temp39 to 60 F
Jul Temp65 to 85 F
Oct Temp42 to 64 F
Annual Precip37.6 inches
StationSIGOURNEY
Distance23.2 miles
Jan Temp10 to 29 F
Apr Temp38 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp40 to 63 F
Annual Precip35.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Beacon526$36,750
Eddyville1,337$56,625
Leighton230$56,750
New Sharon1,203$65,341
Rose Hill157$43,393
University Park527$50,769

Oskaloosa Public Libraries

Oskaloosa Public Library
301 S MARKET
Oskaloosa, Iowa
(641) 673-0441

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Oskaloosa Hospitals

Mahaska County Hospital
(Government - Local)
1229 C Avenue East
(515) 673-3431

Oskaloosa Public Schools

Oskaloosa Elementary School
1801 Orchard Ave
ZIP: 52577
(641) 673-8092
Primary
Total Enrollment 1053
Oskaloosa High School
1816 N 3rd Extension
ZIP: 52577
(641) 673-3407
High
Total Enrollment 733
Oskaloosa Middle School
1704 N 3rd St
ZIP: 52577
(641) 673-8308
Middle
Total Enrollment 537
Webster Building
508 S 7th
ZIP: 52577
(641) 673-8092
Primary
Total Enrollment 125

Oskaloosa Private Schools

Oskaloosa Christian School
726 N E St
ZIP: 52577
Elementary
Total Enrollment 151
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