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Nora Springs, Iowa
Location of Nora Springs, Iowa
Location of Nora Springs, Iowa
Coordinates: 43°8′38″N 93°0′32″W / 43.14389°N 93.00889°W / 43.14389; -93.00889Coordinates: 43°8′38″N 93°0′32″W / 43.14389°N 93.00889°W / 43.14389; -93.00889
Country  United States
State  Iowa
Counties Floyd, Cerro Gordo
 • Total 2.22 sq mi (5.74 km2)
 • Land 2.19 sq mi (5.67 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
1,086 ft (331 m)
 • Total 1,369
 • Density 617.7/sq mi (238.50/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 641
FIPS code 19-56910
GNIS feature ID 0459546

Nora Springs is a city that is partially in Cerro Gordo and Floyd counties in the U.S. state of Iowa, along the Shell Rock River. The population was 1,369 at the time of the 2020 census.

The Cerro Gordo County portion of Nora Springs is part of the Mason City Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Nora Springs is located at 43°8′38″N 93°0′32″W / 43.14389°N 93.00889°W / 43.14389; -93.00889 (43.144010, -93.008929).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.22 square miles (5.75 km2), of which, 2.19 square miles (5.67 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.


Water Tower in downtown Nora Springs, Iowa
Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1880 617 —    
1890 846 +37.1%
1900 1,209 +42.9%
1910 985 −18.5%
1920 1,055 +7.1%
1930 1,070 +1.4%
1940 1,198 +12.0%
1950 1,257 +4.9%
1960 1,275 +1.4%
1970 1,337 +4.9%
1980 1,572 +17.6%
1990 1,505 −4.3%
2000 1,532 +1.8%
2010 1,431 −6.6%
2020 1,369 −4.3%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,431 people, 577 households, and 388 families residing in the city. The population density was 653.4 inhabitants per square mile (252.3/km2). There were 636 housing units at an average density of 290.4 per square mile (112.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.1% White, 0.1% African American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 577 households, of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.8% were non-families. 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.91.

The median age in the city was 41.2 years. 24% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.3% were from 25 to 44; 27.5% were from 45 to 64; and 18% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.0% male and 51.0% female.

Nora Springs Buffalo Days

The last week of June always marks a large celebration, Nora Springs Buffalo Days. Festivities include an impressive parade, entertainment in the park, food vendors, and inflatable rides. Other activities include a 5K Run/Walk and Bingo. There is a Softball Tournament held at the Nora Springs Intermediate School. At the Fire Department the Fireman's Ball is held from 9 p.m. to 1 a.


Its public schools are operated by the Central Springs Community School District, established on July 1, 2011, by the merger of North Central Community School District and Nora Springs–Rock Falls Community School District. The athletic teams are the Central Springs Panthers.

The high school, and half of the elementary students originating in the Manly, Hanlontown, and Plymouth region go to school in Manly from preschool to 3rd grade. While the middle schoolers, from Manly, Nora Springs, and the other half of the elementary kids originating near the Nora Springs, Rock Falls, and Portland area go to school in the Nora Springs building. Until 8th grade then they go to Manly where the High School is located. The school colors are black and blue, the mascot being a panther.

Notable people

  • Louis Bauman Brethren, minister, writer, and Bible conference speaker, and was born in Nora Springs.
  • Arthur Gratias, Iowa State Senator, farmer, and educator, was born in Nora Springs.
  • John P. Gregg LSU college football coach, Wisconsin quarterback, and died in Nora Springs.
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