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Overview

Introduction to Red Oak, Iowa

Red Oak, Iowa, in Montgomery county, is located 37 miles SE of Council Bluffs, Iowa (center to center) and is 40 miles SE of Omaha, Nebraska. Approximately 6,197 people reside in Red Oak.

Red Oak History

Red Oak was organized in 1869. It got its name from the many oak trees that dot the banks of the Red Oak Creek. The battles in early World War II witnessed the loss of the lives of many soldiers. Red Oak provided more Union troops in comparison to the other cities of the state during the American Civil War.

Red Oak and nearby Attractions

  • Fountain Square Park
  • Montgomery County Historical Center
  • Montgomery County Fairgrounds
  • Depot Museum

Things To Do In Red Oak

Tourists in Red Oak find Depot Museum and Montgomery County Historical Center to be major historical sites. One can also visit the parks including McCormick Park, Fountain Square Park, and College Park. Montgomery County Fairgrounds is another notable and happy place for the residents of Red Oak. Festivals such as the Mayfest, Montgomery County Fair, and Junction Days are held in Red Oak.

Red Oak Transportation

Eppley Airfield Airport is the nearest airport.

Red Oak Higher Education

Institutes offering higher education include Iowa Western Community College, Bellevue University, Northwest Missouri State University, and University of Nebraska at Omaha.

People

Total Population 5,588
Male Share of the Population 48.2%
Female Share of the Population 51.8%
Senior Citizens 20.4%
Employed Population 16+ 2,121
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 48.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $50,104
% Above Poverty Level 76.3%
% Below Poverty Level 23.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.7%
Median Gross Rent $646
Median House Value $69,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.3%
US/American 0%
English 9.8%
Irish 14.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Red Oak Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 37 miles SE of Council Bluffs, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 40 miles SE of Omaha, Nebraska
County Montgomery
Standard Zip Codes 51566
P.O. Box Zip Codes 51591
Phone Area Codes 712
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.009
Longitude -95.225

Red Oak Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station RED OAK
Distance 12.1 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 39 to 65 F
Annual Precip 36.5 inches
Station SHENANDOAH
Distance 18.7 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 31 F
Apr Temp 40 to 63 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 66 F
Annual Precip 33.9 inches
Station OAKLAND
Distance 22.8 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 29 F
Apr Temp 37 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 64 F
Annual Precip 33.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Elliott 417 $52,083
Emerson 478 $65,625
Essex 924 $54,833
Henderson 165 $47,500

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Red Oak Public Libraries

Library
Red Oak Public Library
400 N. 2ND STREET
Red Oak, Iowa
(712) 623-6516

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Red Oak Hospitals

MONTGOMERY COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Government - Local)
2301 EASTERN AVENUE
(712) 623-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Red Oak High Schools

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RED OAK HIGH SCHOOL
2011 N 8TH ST
712-623-6610
Serves 362 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

WEBSTER ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
904 BROAD STREET
712-623-6641
A Non-traditional School
Serves 20 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20

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