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Welcome to Oskaloosa ...

The city of Oskaloosa is located in Mahaska County<1> and is the County Seat for Mahaska County.

When the people of Oskaloosa refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Oskaloosan<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Oskaloosa has a population of 11,811 people<3> (see below for details).

Oskaloosa was established in 1835.

The community of Oskaloosa is 840 feet [256 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

Oskaloosa is within the (641) area code.

The ZIP code for Oskaloosa: 52577<5>

Websites for Oskaloosa ...

Official Website:   www.oskaloosaiowa.org/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.oskaloosachamber.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Oskaloosa had an population of 11,811 people. This is an increase of 3.04% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 7.98% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Oskaloosa had a population of 11,463 people (or 51.22% of the total population of Mahaska County). This makes Oskaloosa the county's most populous community.

The population of Oskaloosa represents 0.38% of the total population of Iowa (which has 3,046,355 people), making it the state's 32nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 11,463 people, the population of Oskaloosa increased 4.8% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 10,938 people).

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

Communities Also Named Oskaloosa ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 3 communities that are also named Oskaloosa - they are located in Illinois, Kansas and Missouri.

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

Communities near Oskaloosa ...

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

  • Pella [Marion County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pella
    • Pella [Marion County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the northwest of Oskaloosa
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,266 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pella
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pella<7>
  • New Sharon [Mahaska County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New Sharon
    • New Sharon [Mahaska County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the north of Oskaloosa
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,286 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Sharon
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for New Sharon<7>
  • Eddyville [Wapello County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eddyville
    • Eddyville [Wapello County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the south of Oskaloosa
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,010 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eddyville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Eddyville<7>
  • Hedrick [Keokuk County]
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    • Hedrick [Keokuk County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the southeast of Oskaloosa
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 743 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hedrick have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hedrick
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Fremont [Mahaska County]
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      • Fremont [Mahaska County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the southeast of Oskaloosa
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 727 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fremont
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fremont<7>
    • What Cheer [Keokuk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for What Cheer
      • What Cheer [Keokuk County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the northeast of Oskaloosa
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 615 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on What Cheer
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for What Cheer<7>
    • Lovilia [Monroe County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lovilia
      • Lovilia [Monroe County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the southwest of Oskaloosa
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 516 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lovilia have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lovilia
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lovilia<7>
    • Bussey [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bussey
      • Bussey [Marion County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the southwest of Oskaloosa
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 406 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bussey
    • Delta [Keokuk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Delta
      • Delta [Keokuk County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the east of Oskaloosa
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 313 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Delta
    • Harvey [Marion County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harvey
      • Harvey [Marion County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the west of Oskaloosa
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 243 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Harvey have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harvey

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 Oskaloosa. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Oskaloosa.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Oskaloosa. 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 Oskaloosa.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Oskaloosa. Our list includes 31 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Oskaloosa.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Oskaloosa ...

Looking for more information about Oskaloosa? 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 Oskaloosa, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Oskaloosa.

Adding Oskaloosa to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Oskaloosa 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 Oskaloosa was in the Sixth Biennial Report of the State Mine Inspectors, Two Years Ending June 30, 1893.

We also found Oskaloosa in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Oskaloosa: www.oskaloosaiowa.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 Mahaska, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Oskaloosa refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Oskaloosa may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Oskaloosa.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Oskaloosa - 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 Oskaloosa). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Oskaloosa 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 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Oskaloosa) 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 Oskaloosa. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from OskaloosaOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oskaloosa. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.2963, Longitude: -92.6451    
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>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.






















 

 

 

 

 


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