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Indianola, Iowa
City
Warren County Courthouse in Indianola
Warren County Courthouse in Indianola
Motto: "Connecting To What Matters"
Location of Indianola, Iowa
Location of Indianola, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Warren
Area
 • Total 11.25 sq mi (29.14 km2)
 • Land 11.25 sq mi (29.14 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 968 ft (295 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 14,782
 • Estimate (2012) 14,947
 • Density 1,314.0/sq mi (507.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 50125
Area code(s) 515
FIPS code 19-38280
GNIS feature ID 0457810
Website City of Indianola, Iowa

Indianola is a city in Warren County, Iowa, United States, 18 miles south of Des Moines, Iowa. The population was 14,782 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Warren County.

History

Indianola was founded in 1849 as the county seat of Warren County. The town was located near the geographic center of the new county. The town's name was taken from a newspaper account of a Texas town of the same name.

Indianola was incorporated in 1863.

Geography

Indianola is located at 41°21′42″N 93°33′47″W / 41.36167°N 93.56306°W / 41.36167; -93.56306 (41.361756, -93.562987). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.25 square miles (29.14 km2), all of it land.

The Summerset Trail's southern terminus at Indianola.

Demographics

Indianola
historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1860 836 —    
1870 1,428 +70.8%
1880 2,146 +50.3%
1890 2,254 +5.0%
1900 3,261 +44.7%
1910 3,283 +0.7%
1920 3,628 +10.5%
1930 3,488 −3.9%
1940 4,123 +18.2%
1950 5,145 +24.8%
1960 7,062 +37.3%
1970 8,852 +25.3%
1980 10,843 +22.5%
1990 11,340 +4.6%
2000 12,998 +14.6%
2010 14,782 +13.7%
2014 15,305 +3.5%
2015 15,467 +1.1%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov.
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census

In 2005, a special census was conducted that revised Indianola's population to 14,156.

Population

As of 2013, there were 15,108 people, 5,477 households, and 3,579 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,314.0 inhabitants per square mile (507.3/km2). There were 5,893 housing units at an average density of 523.8 per square mile (202.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.9% White, 0.5% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.

There were 5,477 households of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.7% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.98.

The median age in the city was 34.1 years. 23.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 15.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.1% were from 25 to 44; 22.1% were from 45 to 64; and 15.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.7% male and 53.3% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 12,998 people, 4,748 households, and 3,261 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,414.7 people per square mile (546.1/km²). There were 4,981 housing units at an average density of 542.1 per square mile (209.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.92% White, 0.40% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.85% of the population.

There were 4,748 households out of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% were non-families. 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.94.

Age spread: 23.8% under the age of 18, 15.8% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $43,725, and the median income for a family was $52,238. Males had a median income of $36,945 versus $24,401 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,574. About 5.6% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.3% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

Indianola is also the home of the National Balloon Classic and National Balloon Museum.

Points of interest

Buxton Park Gazebo Indianola Iowa
Gazebo and flower gardens in Buxton Park Arboretum
National Balloon Museum Indianola Iowa
National Hot Air Balloon Museum
  • Buxton Park Arboretum
  • Des Moines Metro Opera
  • National Balloon Museum
  • Summerset Winery
  • Simpson College
  • U.S. Ballooning Hall of Fame

Technology

  • Indianola has a municipal, Gigabit-capable, fiber optic network and entrepreneurial development programs that links STEM-related activities at its schools and Simpson College to the local tech economy.



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