Ottumwa, Iowa

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Population in 2017: 24,454 (97% urban, 3% rural).
Population change since 2000: -2.2%
 
Males: 11,919  (48.7%)
Females: 12,535  (51.3%)
Median resident age:

36.7 years
Iowa median age:

38.3 years

Zip codes: 52501.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $44,777 (it was $30,174 in 2000)
Ottumwa:

$44,777
IA:

$58,570

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $25,164 (it was $16,040 in 2000)

Ottumwa city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $85,356 (it was $47,000 in 2000)
Ottumwa:

$85,356
IA:

$149,100

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $98,906; detached houses: $99,356; townhouses or other attached units: $142,221; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $115,749; mobile homes: $58,045

Median gross rent in 2017: $663.

March 2019 cost of living index in Ottumwa: 76.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 20.5%
(18.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 38.2% for Black residents, 25.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 32.8% for other race residents, 40.4% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Ottumwa, IA (2017)
    • 19,71978.8%White alone
    • 3,65714.6%Hispanic
    • 7953.2%Black alone
    • 3991.6%Two or more races
    • 3821.5%Asian alone
    • 1720.7%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 490.2%Other race alone
    • 170.07%American Indian alone

Races in Ottumwa detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists, there were 139 registered sex offenders living in Ottumwa, Iowa as of October 27, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Ottumwa is 179 to 1.


Crime rates in Ottumwa by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(8.2)
2
(8.0)
1
(4.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(4.0)
1
(4.1)
1
(4.1)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
11
(44.4)
18
(72.2)
12
(48.3)
13
(53.1)
8
(33.0)
13
(53.1)
11
(43.7)
7
(28.0)
19
(76.8)
14
(56.5)
15
(61.0)
20
(81.5)
23
(94.3)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
6
(24.2)
4
(16.0)
5
(20.1)
7
(28.6)
7
(28.8)
12
(49.0)
9
(35.8)
17
(68.1)
5
(20.2)
6
(24.2)
8
(32.5)
8
(32.6)
13
(53.3)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
165
(665.9)
158
(633.8)
174
(701.0)
127
(518.8)
143
(589.1)
74
(302.0)
50
(198.8)
45
(180.2)
50
(202.1)
51
(205.7)
52
(211.4)
72
(293.4)
107
(438.6)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
328
(1,324)
320
(1,284)
269
(1,084)
247
(1,009)
210
(865.1)
202
(824.5)
199
(791.1)
263
(1,053)
283
(1,144)
190
(766.4)
235
(955.5)
230
(937.1)
287
(1,176)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
897
(3,620)
1,007
(4,039)
951
(3,831)
780
(3,186)
747
(3,077)
677
(2,763)
651
(2,588)
662
(2,650)
835
(3,375)
819
(3,303)
632
(2,570)
753
(3,068)
918
(3,763)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
61
(246.2)
59
(236.7)
67
(269.9)
46
(187.9)
46
(189.5)
34
(138.8)
40
(159.0)
35
(140.1)
69
(278.9)
64
(258.1)
76
(309.0)
91
(370.8)
89
(364.8)
Arson
(per 100,000)
9
(36.3)
7
(28.1)
6
(24.2)
9
(36.8)
12
(49.4)
19
(77.5)
14
(55.7)
17
(68.1)
10
(40.4)
18
(72.6)
13
(52.9)
9
(36.7)
22
(90.2)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)433.1459.7435.6367.9351.6313.2273.0277.8345.3308.1303.4359.8441.2

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City-data.com crime index in Ottumwa, IA

Crime rate in Ottumwa detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 49 (38 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.56
Iowa average:

1.47
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Ancestries: American (15.3%), German (12.6%), Irish (8.6%), English (7.3%), Dutch (2.3%), Swedish (2.2%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 02/2/1888

Elevation: 700 feet

Land area: 15.8 square miles.

Population density: 1,548 people per square mile   (low).

Ottumwa, Iowa map

2,862 residents are foreign born (7.3% Latin America, 2.0% Africa).

This city:

11.4%
Iowa:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,574 (1.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,496 (1.9%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Iowa City, IA (64.1 miles , pop. 62,220).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Kansas City, MO (175.5 miles , pop. 441,545).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (252.1 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Agency, IA (2.4 miles ),
Chillicothe, IA (2.8 miles),
Kirkville, IA (3.2 miles ),
Floris, IA (3.3 miles),
Blakesburg, IA (3.5 miles ),
Eldon, IA (3.5 miles ),
Hedrick, IA (3.5 miles ),
Batavia, IA (3.6 miles )

Latitude: 41.01 N, Longitude: 92.41 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +3,289 (+13.1%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 8,696 (76.7%)

Area code: 641

Distribution of median household income in Ottumwa, IA in 2017
Distribution of house value in Ottumwa, IA in 2017
Ottumwa satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 9 buildings, average cost: $113,300
  • 1998: 4 buildings, average cost: $120,800
  • 1999: 18 buildings, average cost: $115,700
  • 2000: 14 buildings, average cost: $113,200
  • 2001: 8 buildings, average cost: $108,200
  • 2002: 12 buildings, average cost: $108,000
  • 2003: 37 buildings, average cost: $82,300
  • 2004: 13 buildings, average cost: $122,700
  • 2005: 8 buildings, average cost: $117,000
  • 2006: 20 buildings, average cost: $136,300
  • 2007: 11 buildings, average cost: $142,800
  • 2008: 6 buildings, average cost: $94,800
  • 2009: 7 buildings, average cost: $98,000
  • 2010: 11 buildings, average cost: $121,100
  • 2011: 6 buildings, average cost: $120,600
  • 2012: 4 buildings, average cost: $71,200
  • 2013: 5 buildings, average cost: $96,700
  • 2014: 2 buildings, average cost: $83,100
  • 2015: 5 buildings, average cost: $169,000
  • 2016: 1 building, cost: $85,000
  • 2017: 5 buildings, average cost: $96,900
Number of permits per 10,000 Ottumwa, IA residents
Average permit cost in Ottumwa, IA
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.2%
Iowa:

2.8%
Unemployment by year
Historical population in Ottumwa, IA
Historical housing units in Ottumwa, IA

Population change in the 1990s: +380 (+1.5%).
Most common industries in Ottumwa, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (12.0%)
  • Food (11.4%)
  • Educational services (8.1%)
  • Accommodation & food services (7.0%)
  • Construction (6.0%)
  • Public administration (4.2%)
  • Food & beverage stores (4.0%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Food (13.5%)
  • Construction (10.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.9%)
  • Machinery (5.0%)
  • Educational services (4.9%)
  • Public administration (4.8%)
  • Metal & metal products (4.8%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (20.8%)
  • Educational services (11.7%)
  • Food (9.1%)
  • Accommodation & food services (7.2%)
  • Social assistance (5.8%)
  • Food & beverage stores (5.1%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (4.5%)
Most common occupations in Ottumwa, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (5.6%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.8%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4.3%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.2%)
  • Food processing workers (4.1%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.7%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (3.2%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.3%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5.9%)
  • Food processing workers (5.7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5.3%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4.7%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5.6%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (4.7%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.6%)
  • Cashiers (4.5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.0%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.7%)

Average climate in Ottumwa, Iowa

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Tornado activity:

Ottumwa-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Iowa state average. It is 60% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/24/1967, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 25.0 miles away from the Ottumwa city center injured 2 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 5/20/1959, a category F4 tornado 27.2 miles away from the city center injured 5 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Ottumwa-area historical earthquake activity is near Iowa state average. It is 82% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 298.9 miles away from the city center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 284.1 miles away from the city center
On 9/26/1990 at 13:18:51, a magnitude 5.0 (4.7 MB, 4.8 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 7.7 mi) earthquake occurred 307.6 miles away from the city center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 323.9 miles away from the city center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 185.4 miles away from the city center
On 4/18/2008 at 15:14:16, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 MW, 4.6 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 299.6 miles away from Ottumwa center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Wapello County (17) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 16
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 14, Storms: 10, Tornadoes: 5, Winter Storms: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Ottumwa topographic map

Hospitals in Ottumwa:

  • HOSPICE INC SERVING DAVIS AND WAPELLO COUNTIES (312 EAST ALTA VISTA)
  • OTTUMWA REGIONAL HEALTH CENTER (Proprietary, 1001 E PENNSYLVANIA)

Nursing Homes in Ottumwa:

  • GOOD SAMARITAN CENTER (2035 WEST CHESTER)
  • GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY - OTTUMWA (2035 WEST CHESTER AVENUE)
  • HILLSIDE MANOR CARE CENTER (606 E PENNSYLVANIA AVE)
  • OTTUMWA MANOR (927 EAST PENNSYLVANIA)
  • RIDGEWOOD CARE CENTER (1977 ALBIA ROAD)
  • RIDGEWOOD NURSING AND REHAB CENT (1977 ALBIA ROAD)
  • ST JOSEPH HEALTH AND REHABILITATION CTR (312 E ALTA VISTA AVE)
  • SUNNYSLOPE CARE CENTER (1600 EAST STELLER ROAD)
  • VISTA WOODS CARE CENTER (THREE PENNSYLVANIA PLACE)

Dialysis Facilities in Ottumwa:

  • FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE OTTUMWA (1110 QUINCY AVE. # 44)

Home Health Centers in Ottumwa:

  • OTTUMWA REGIONAL HOME HEALTH CARE (1 PENNSYLVANIA PLACE, APT 2)
  • WAPELLO COUNTY PHNS (108 EAST MAIN STREET)

Airports and heliports located in Ottumwa:

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Amtrak station:

OTTUMWA (210 W. MAIN ST.) . Services: ticket office, partially wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for car rental service, call for taxi service, intercity bus service.

Colleges/Universities in Ottumwa:

  • Indian Hills Community College (Full-time enrollment: 4,034; Location: 525 Grandview Ave; Public; Website: www.indianhills.edu)
  • Iowa School of Beauty-Ottumwa (Full-time enrollment: 114; Location: 609 W Second St; Private, for-profit; Website: iowaschoolofbeauty.com)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Ottumwa:

  • Truman State University (about 58 miles; Kirksville, MO; Full-time enrollment: 5,553)
  • University of Iowa (about 64 miles; Iowa City, IA; FT enrollment: 24,735)
  • Southeastern Community College (about 67 miles; West Burlington, IA; FT enrollment: 2,251)
  • Kirkwood Community College (about 74 miles; Cedar Rapids, IA; FT enrollment: 11,503)
  • Drake University (about 77 miles; Des Moines, IA; FT enrollment: 3,768)
  • Des Moines Area Community College (about 79 miles; Ankeny, IA; FT enrollment: 15,337)
  • Iowa State University (about 95 miles; Ames, IA; FT enrollment: 28,662)

Public high school in Ottumwa:

Private high school in Ottumwa:

Public elementary/middle schools in Ottumwa:

Private elementary/middle school in Ottumwa:

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Library in Ottumwa:

  • OTTUMWA PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $673,136; Location: 102 W 4TH ST; 83,658 books; 1,227 audio materials; 2,296 video materials; 25 state licensed databases; 164 print serial subscriptions)

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • that highway 23 does not reach ottumwa anymore due to the 4 lane highway 63 that replaced it. highway 23 now starts at the 149 turn off through fremont and cedar to osky.
  • The Ottumwa Coliseum has been demolished and Bridge View Event Center was built on its old grounds. added by Red

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Ottumwa: Ottumwa Park Campground (A), Port Richmond (B), Rutledge (C), Ottumwa (D), Ottumwa Municipal Golf Course (E), Ottumwa Country Club (F), Black Hawk River Access (G), Ottumwa Residential Center (H), Ottumwa City Hall (I), Jefferson Street Viaduct (J), Marge Dodd Stage (K), Oak Hall (L), Child Development Center (M), Trustee Hall (N), Bennett Student Services Center (O), Maintenance Storage and Horticulture Building (P), Video Conferencing and Training Center (Q), Advanced Technology Center (R), Tom Arnold Net Center (S), Hellyer Student Life Center (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Ottumwa include: East End Presbyterian Church (A), Saint Marys Catholic Church (B), Calvary Baptist Church (C), Penn Avenue Free Methodist Church (D), First Church - Open Bible (E), Seventh Day Adventist Church (F), Zion Community Church of God (G), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (H), Jehovahs Witnesses (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Ottumwa Cemetery (1), Calvary Cemetery (2), Shaul Cemetery (3), Hebrew Jewish Cemetery (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Bear Creek (A), Harrows Branch (B), Kettle Creek (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Ottumwa include: Riverside Park (1), Schaefer Field (2), Caldwell Park (3), The Dragroon Trail Historical Marker (4), Foster Park (5), Hillcrest Park (6), American Little League Field (7), Wildwood Park (8), Washington Bicentennial Recognition Historical Marker (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Air Power Museum (22001 Bluegrass Road) (1), Cramer Music & Video Inc (Amusement & Theme Parks; 114 South Marion Street) (2), Trailways Bus System (Tours & Charters; 210 West Main Street) (3), AAA Insurance (Tours & Charters; 109 South Court Street) (4). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Hotels: Parkview Plaza (107 East 2nd Street) (1), Super 8 Motel (2823 North Court Street) (2), Inntower (111 North Court Street) (3), The Cat's MEOW Bed and Breakfast Inn (423 North Market Street) (4), Super 8 Ottumwa Ia (2823 North Court) (5), Wapello Motel (10479 Highway 34) (6), Colonial Motor Inn (1534 Albia Road) (7), Americinn of Ottumwa (222 West 2nd Street) (8), Hotel Ottumwa (107 East 2nd Street) (9). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Courts: McGiverin Arthur A (Court House) (1), Wapello County - Ottumwa- Clerk Of Court (101 West 4th Street) (2), Wapello County - Ottumwa- Magistrate Court (101 West 4th Street) (3). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Birthplace of: Donald Keyhoe - Science fiction writer, Tim Solliday - Artist, Tom Arnold (actor) - Film actor, Daniel F. Steck - Politician, E. J. Mather - College football coach, James Knight (coach) - Football player and coach, Jason Black - Martial artist, Karen Morley - Actor, Marvin Mottet - Catholic priest of the Diocese of Davenport who was an advocate for social justice causes., Roy Lee Williams - Sportsman and labor leader.

Wapello County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Average household size:
This city:

2.4 people
Iowa:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

60.6%
Whole state:

64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

8.7%
Whole state:

6.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

People in group quarters in Ottumwa in 2010:

  • 408 people in college/university student housing
  • 248 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 57 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 49 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 25 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 19 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 17 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 3 people in residential treatment centers for adults

People in group quarters in Ottumwa in 2000:

  • 376 people in nursing homes
  • 373 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 96 people in other group homes
  • 53 people in halfway houses
  • 35 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 22 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 13 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

Banks with branches in Ottumwa (2011 data):

  • South Ottumwa Savings Bank: Motor Facility, S Market Branch, at 320 Church Street, North Court Branch, Ottumwa Branch. Info updated 2012/01/05: Bank assets: $319.5 mil, Deposits: $251.3 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 7 total offices, Holding Company: Cornerstone Financial Services Group, Inc.
  • U.S. Bank National Association: Ottumwa Pickwick Branch, Ottumwa North Court Branch, Ottumwa Main Branch. Info updated 2012/01/30: Bank assets: $330,470.8 mil, Deposits: $236,091.5 mil, headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, positive income, 3121 total offices, Holding Company: U.S. Bancorp
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Ottumwa Branch at 231 West Second Street, branch established on 1863/10/19. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • Bank of the West: Ottumwa (Hy-Vee) at 1025 N Quincy Avenue, branch established on 1916/01/01. Info updated 2009/11/16: Bank assets: $62,408.3 mil, Deposits: $43,995.2 mil, headquarters in San Francisco, CA, positive income, 647 total offices, Holding Company: Bnp Paribas
  • MidWestOne Bank: Ottumwa - Branch 9 at 116 West Main Street, branch established on 1994/06/24. Info updated 2008/09/04: Bank assets: $1,676.4 mil, Deposits: $1,308.1 mil, headquarters in Iowa City, IA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 26 total offices, Holding Company: Midwestone Financial Group, Inc.

For population 15 years and over in Ottumwa:

Marital status in Ottumwa, IA
  • Never married: 29.4%
  • Now married: 49.0%
  • Separated: 1.6%
  • Widowed: 7.0%
  • Divorced: 13.0%

For population 25 years and over in Ottumwa:

  • High school or higher: 83.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 16.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.8%
  • Unemployed: 8.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.7 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

12.8
Iowa average:

10.5

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Ottumwa
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Ottumwa, IA (based on Wapello County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant6,20044
Mainline Protestant3,97527
Catholic3,3252
Other5213
Black Protestant1211
None21,483-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 6
This county:

1.69 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Wapello County:

0.28 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.23 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Here:

0.28 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 23
Wapello County:

6.49 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 22
This county:

6.20 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.0%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Wapello County:

27.1%
Iowa:

27.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Wapello County:

19.2%
Iowa:

14.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

46.5%
State:

48.7%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Here:

40.7%
State:

44.7%

Average BMI:
Here:

28.5
State:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Ottumwa:

23.1%
Iowa:

22.0%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

11.8%
State:

10.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.9
Iowa:

6.8

Overweight people:
Ottumwa:

32.5%
Iowa:

33.5%

General health condition:
Ottumwa:

51.7%
Iowa:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Ottumwa:

75.4%
Iowa:

77.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Ottumwa, IA Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2016)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 37$199,788$64,7960$0
Firefighters 32$155,060$58,1480$0
Streets and Highways 27$116,691$51,8630$0
Water Supply 25$131,123$62,9390$0
Sewerage 21$88,385$50,5061$1,787
Local Libraries 9$30,812$41,0834$3,873
Other Government Administration 9$43,597$58,1296$5,352
Parks and Recreation 8$32,298$48,44712$4,511
Solid Waste Management 8$32,267$48,4015$10,385
Other and Unallocable 8$29,058$43,5870$0
Police - Other 8$25,114$37,6710$0
Health 7$30,325$51,9860$0
Transit 7$25,097$43,02317$18,746
Financial Administration 6$28,843$57,6860$0
Airports 2$8,941$53,6461$1,738
Judicial and Legal 1$9,112$109,3440$0
Totals for Government 215$986,511$55,06146$46,392

Ottumwa government finances - Expenditure in 2016 (per resident):

  • Construction - General - Other: $6,522,000 ($266.70)
    Water Utilities: $3,785,000 ($154.78)
    Regular Highways: $1,524,000 ($62.32)
    Parking Facilities: $372,000 ($15.21)
    Air Transportation: $250,000 ($10.22)
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $8,016,000 ($327.80)
    Water Utilities: $4,746,000 ($194.08)
    Police Protection: $4,545,000 ($185.86)
    Sewerage: $4,424,000 ($180.91)
    Regular Highways: $3,634,000 ($148.61)
    Solid Waste Management: $3,518,000 ($143.86)
    Local Fire Protection: $3,234,000 ($132.25)
    Parks and Recreation: $1,540,000 ($62.98)
    Transit Utilities: $1,029,000 ($42.08)
    Libraries: $844,000 ($34.51)
    Financial Administration: $678,000 ($27.73)
    Air Transportation: $624,000 ($25.52)
    Central Staff Services: $616,000 ($25.19)
    Health - Other: $552,000 ($22.57)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $348,000 ($14.23)
    Public Welfare - Other: $118,000 ($4.83)
    General Public Buildings: $109,000 ($4.46)
    Parking Facilities: $10,000 ($0.41)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $634,000 ($25.93)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Sewerage: $1,534,000 ($62.73)
    General - Other: $386,000 ($15.78)
    Water Utilities: $197,000 ($8.06)
    Parks and Recreation: $184,000 ($7.52)
    Police Protection: $112,000 ($4.58)
    Solid Waste Management: $110,000 ($4.50)
    Local Fire Protection: $65,000 ($2.66)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $29,000 ($1.19)
    Regular Highways: $23,000 ($0.94)
    Central Staff Services: $20,000 ($0.82)
    Libraries: $10,000 ($0.41)
    Financial Administration: $3,000 ($0.12)
    General Public Building: $3,000 ($0.12)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $12,396,000 ($506.91)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $309,000 ($12.64)

Ottumwa government finances - Revenue in 2016 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $5,965,000 ($243.93)
    Solid Waste Management: $3,764,000 ($153.92)
    Other: $1,759,000 ($71.93)
    Parks and Recreation: $1,277,000 ($52.22)
    Air Transportation: $171,000 ($6.99)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $116,000 ($4.74)
    Parking Facilities: $10,000 ($0.41)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $2,033,000 ($83.14)
    Housing and Community Development: $122,000 ($4.99)
    General Local Government Support: $39,000 ($1.59)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $336,000 ($13.74)
    Water Utilities: $122,000 ($4.99)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $2,983,000 ($121.98)
    Rents: $429,000 ($17.54)
    Fines and Forfeits: $272,000 ($11.12)
    Interest Earnings: $156,000 ($6.38)
    Sale of Property: $44,000 ($1.80)
    Royalties: $6,000 ($0.25)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $7,651,000 ($312.87)
    Transit Utilities: $125,000 ($5.11)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $3,332,000 ($136.26)
    Other: $1,441,000 ($58.93)
  • Tax - Property: $13,594,000 ($555.90)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $3,284,000 ($134.29)
    Public Utilities Sales: $525,000 ($21.47)
    Other Selective Sales: $489,000 ($20.00)
    Other License: $364,000 ($14.89)

Ottumwa government finances - Debt in 2016 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $45,503,000 ($1860.76)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $41,690,000 ($1704.83)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,451,000 ($222.91)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,637,000 ($66.94)
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - End of Fiscal Year: $7,000 ($0.29)
    Beginning: $7,000 ($0.29)

Ottumwa government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $4,375,000 ($178.91)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $33,449,000 ($1367.83)

5.40% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($36,499 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.40%
Iowa average:

5.97%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Mahaska County, IA  0.44% ($44,702 average AGI)
from Davis County, IA  0.41% ($45,585)
from Jefferson County, IA  0.30% ($37,308)


6.75% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($45,046 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.75%
Iowa average:

6.23%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Polk County, IA  0.71% ($48,915 average AGI)
to Mahaska County, IA  0.53% ($37,243)
to Davis County, IA  0.43% ($37,316)
Businesses in Ottumwa, IA
NameCountNameCount
AmericInn1Marriott1
Applebee's1MasterBrand Cabinets5
Arby's1Maurices1
AutoZone1McDonald's3
Bath & Body Works1Menards1
Burger King1Nike5
Carson Pirie Scott1Payless1
Chevrolet1Pizza Hut3
Curves1Quality1
Dairy Queen1Quiznos1
Days Inn1RadioShack1
Domino's Pizza1SONIC Drive-In1
Famous Footwear1Subway3
Fashion Bug1Super 81
FedEx2Taco Bell1
Ford1Target1
GNC1Toyota1
GameStop1True Value1
Goodwill2U-Haul2
H&R Block2U.S. Cellular3
JCPenney1UPS4
Jones New York1Vans1
KFC1Walgreens1
Kmart1Walmart1
La-Z-Boy1Wendy's1
Lane Furniture1YMCA1
Long John Silver's1

Strongest AM radio stations in Ottumwa:

  • KBIZ (1240 AM; 1 kW; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: FAIRFIELD MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • KLEE (1480 AM; 1 kW; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: FMC BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KPSZ (940 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • WHB (810 AM; 50 kW; KANSAS CITY, MO; Owner: UNION BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KCJJ (1630 AM; 10 kW; IOWA CITY, IA; Owner: RIVER CITY RADIO, INC.)
  • WSUI (910 AM; 5 kW; IOWA CITY, IA; Owner: THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KLBA (1370 AM; 1 kW; ALBIA, IA; Owner: H & H BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WSCR (670 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KXEN (1010 AM; 50 kW; FESTUS-ST. LOUIS, MO; Owner: BDJ RADIO ENTERPRISES, LLC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Ottumwa:

  • K201CJ (88.1 FM; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • KTWA (92.7 FM; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: FAIRFIELD MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • K205CA (88.9 FM; OTTUMWA, ETC., IA; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • KOTM-FM (97.7 FM; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: FMC BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KRKN (104.3 FM; ELDON, IA; Owner: O-TOWN COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KKSI (101.5 FM; EDDYVILLE, IA; Owner: O-TOWN COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KIIK-FM (95.9 FM; FAIRFIELD, IA; Owner: FAIRFIELD MEIDA GROUP, INC.)
  • KLBA-FM (96.7 FM; ALBIA, IA; Owner: H & H BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KOJY (106.9 FM; BLOOMFIELD, IA; Owner: HORIZON BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KBOE-FM (104.9 FM; OSKALOOSA, IA; Owner: JOMAST CORPORATION)
  • KMGO (98.7 FM; CENTERVILLE, IA; Owner: KMGO, INC.)
  • KCWN (99.9 FM; NEW SHARON, IA; Owner: CROWN BROADCASTING COMPANY)

TV broadcast stations around Ottumwa:

  • K55GS (Channel 55; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K49DX (Channel 49; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K45EE (Channel 45; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K65GA (Channel 65; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K31ED (Channel 31; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K53FC (Channel 53; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K58ER (Channel 58; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K21EM (Channel 21; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K51FJ (Channel 51; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: MS COMMUNICATIONS, LLC)
  • K10OO (Channel 10; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: RICHARD P. JACKSON, JR.)
  • K23CI (Channel 23; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: OTTUMWA AREA TRANSLATOR SYSTEM, INC.)
  • K25DE (Channel 25; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: OTTUMWA AREA TRANSLATOR SYSTEM, INC.)
  • K27CV (Channel 27; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: OTTUMWA AREA TRANSLATOR SYSTEM, INC.)
  • K33AA (Channel 33; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • K42AM (Channel 42; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • KYOU-TV (Channel 15; OTTUMWA, IA; Owner: WAITT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KTVO (Channel 3; KIRKSVILLE, MO; Owner: KTVO LICENSE SUBSIDIARY, INC.)
Fatal accident count
See more detailed statistics of Ottumwa fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 100Number of bridges
  • 1,414ft / 431mTotal length
  • 288,095Total average daily traffic
  • 30,745Total average daily truck traffic
  • 207,780Total future (year 2037) average daily traffic
New bridges in Ottumwa, IA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11910-1919
  • 11920-1929
  • 21930-1939
  • 11940-1949
  • 51950-1959
  • 321960-1969
  • 51970-1979
  • 101980-1989
  • 41990-1999
  • 302000-2009
  • 92010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Ottumwa, IA
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 5 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Ottumwa)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 136 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Ottumwa, IA)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 36 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 58 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 5 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 125 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Ottumwa)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers: 2 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Ottumwa)
FAA Registered Aircraft: 91 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)

2002 - 2017 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2002 - 2017 the average number of fire incidents per year is 143. The highest number of fire incidents - 308 took place in 2012, and the least - 1 in 2008. The data has a declining trend.
    Fire incident types in Ottumwa, IA When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Outside Fires (64.6%), and Structure Fires (20.0%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Ottumwa, IA
    • 1,47764.6%Outside Fires
    • 45820.0%Structure Fires
    • 26211.5%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 903.9%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Ottumwa, IA

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Ottumwa, Iowa:

  • Days Inn, 206 Church St, Ottumwa, Iowa 52502 , Phone: (641) 682-8131
  • Quality Inn & Suites, 125 W Joseph Ave, Ottumwa, Iowa 52501 , Phone: (641) 682-8526, Fax: (641) 682-7124
  • The Inn Tower, 111 N CT, Ottumwa, Iowa 52501 , Phone: (641) 682-8075, Fax: (641) 684-4376
  • Super 8, 2823 N Court Rd, Ottumwa, Iowa 52501 , Phone: (641) 684-5055, Fax: (641) 682-6622
  • Hampton Inn, 943 N Quincy Ave, Ottumwa, Iowa 52501 , Phone: (641) 814-8888
  • Americinn, 222 W Second St, Ottumwa, Iowa 52501 , Phone: (641) 684-8222
  • Lexington Inn & Suties, 2813 N Court Rd, Ottumwa, Iowa 52501 , Phone: (641) 682-0000, Fax: (641) 682-5578
  • Holiday Inn Express Ottumwa, 941 N Quincy Ave, Ottumwa, Iowa 52501 , Phone: (641) 814-4500, Fax: (641) 814-4501
All 8 fire-safe hotels and motels in Ottumwa, Iowa
Most common first names in Ottumwa, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary32780.2 years
John31375.2 years
William27975.9 years
James21274.5 years
Charles19673.9 years
Robert19471.7 years
George16576.9 years
Helen15779.7 years
Margaret15779.8 years
Dorothy14278.1 years
Most common last names in Ottumwa, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith14476.9 years
Johnson14377.9 years
Davis9878.7 years
Miller9180.0 years
Brown9075.6 years
Jones9077.2 years
Thompson7875.2 years
Anderson7580.9 years
Williams6773.3 years
Clark5977.4 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Ottumwa, IA
  • 89.0%Utility gas
  • 8.4%Electricity
  • 1.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.0%Wood
  • 0.1%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Ottumwa, IA
  • 64.3%Utility gas
  • 29.4%Electricity
  • 2.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 2.2%Other fuel
  • 1.9%No fuel used


Ottumwa compared to Iowa state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.

Ottumwa on our top lists:

  • #63 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in halfway houses (population 1,000+)"
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