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Welcome to Decorah ...

The city of Decorah is located in Winneshiek County<1> and is the County Seat for Winneshiek County.

The location of Decorah has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Decorah has a population of 7,526 people<3> (see below for details).

Decorah was established in 1849.

The community of Decorah is 860 feet [262 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Decorah lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Decorah: (563)

The ZIP code for Decorah: 52101<5>

Websites for Decorah ...

Official Website:   www.decorahia.org/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.decoraharea.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Decorah had an population of 7,526 people. This is a decrease of 7.4% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 7.91% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Decorah had a population of 8,127 people (which is 38.6% of the total population of Winneshiek County). This makes Decorah the county's most populous community.

The population of Decorah represents 0.27% of the population of Iowa (which has 3,046,355 people), making it the state's 48th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 8,127 people, the population of Decorah has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (with a count of 8,172 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Decorah.

Communities Also Named Decorah ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found another community named Decorah - it's located in Idaho.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Decorah.

Communities near Decorah ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Decorah.

  • Cresco [Howard County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cresco
    • Cresco [Howard County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the west of Decorah
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,744 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cresco
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cresco<7>
  • Waukon [Allamakee County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Waukon
    • Waukon [Allamakee County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the east of Decorah
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,600 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Waukon
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Waukon<7>
  • Postville [Allamakee County]
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    • Postville [Allamakee County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the southeast of Decorah
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,033 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Postville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Postville<7>
  • Spring Grove [Houston County]
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    • Spring Grove [Houston County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the north of Decorah
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,262 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spring Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spring Grove
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Spring Grove<7>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Calmar [Winneshiek County]
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      • Calmar [Winneshiek County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the southwest of Decorah
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 934 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Calmar have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Calmar
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Calmar<7>
    • Ossian [Winneshiek County]
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      • Ossian [Winneshiek County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the south of Decorah
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 769 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ossian have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ossian
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ossian<7>
    • Mabel [Fillmore County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mabel
      • Mabel [Fillmore County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the north of Decorah
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 744 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mabel
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mabel<7>
    • Canton [Fillmore County]
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      • Canton [Fillmore County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the northwest of Decorah
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 342 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Canton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Canton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Canton<7>
    • Spillville [Winneshiek County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Spillville
      • Spillville [Winneshiek County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the southwest of Decorah
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 341 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spillville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Spillville<7>
    • Fort Atkinson [Winneshiek County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Atkinson
      • Fort Atkinson [Winneshiek County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the southwest of Decorah
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 320 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fort Atkinson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fort Atkinson<7>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Decorah. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Decorah.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Decorah. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Decorah.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Decorah. Our list includes 18 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Decorah.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Decorah ...

Looking for more information about Decorah? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Decorah, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Decorah.

Adding Decorah to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Decorah in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Decorah was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Decorah on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Iowa

About Winneshiek County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Decorah: www.decorahia.org/

The official website for State of Iowa: https://www.iowa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Iowa's counties, including Winneshiek, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Decorah.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Decorah - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Decorah). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Decorah or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Decorah) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Decorah. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from DecorahOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Decorah. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.3018, Longitude: -91.7851       In this case, the coordinates for Decorah have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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