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The location of Ottawa













Welcome to Ottawa ...

Ottawa is located in Polk County.

The location of Ottawa has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

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

Ottawa is 800 feet [244 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

Communities near Ottawa ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Indianola   [Map]

Lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<4> to the Northwest (NW) of Ottawa

Located in Warren County

Norwalk   [Map]

Lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) of Ottawa

Located in Warren County

Pleasant Hill   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km] to the North (N) of Ottawa

Carlisle   [Map]

Lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North (N) of Ottawa

Located in Warren County

Pleasantville   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Ottawa

Located in Marion County

Melcher-Dallas   [Map]

Lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Ottawa

Located in Marion County

Hartford   [Map]

Lies 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Ottawa

Located in Warren County

Milo   [Map]

Lies 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Ottawa

Located in Warren County

Saint Charles   [Map]

Lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the West (W) of Ottawa

Located in Madison County

Runnells   [Map]

Lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Ottawa

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Ottawa.

Communities Also Named Ottawa ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two Iowa communities named Ottawa: This one is located in Polk County and the other is located in Clarke County.

Beyond Iowa, there are 17 communities that are also named Ottawa - they are located in Illinois, Kansas (2), Kentucky, Michigan (2), Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario (3), Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

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

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Ottawa. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Ottawa. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Ottawa.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Ottawa:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Ottawa ...

Looking for more information about Ottawa? 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.

Looking for more information about Ottawa? 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.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Ottawa, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Ottawa.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Iowa

About Polk County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Ottawa. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Polk County: www.co.polk.ia.us/

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

Footnotes ...

<1>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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<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 Ottawa refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a community's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Ottawa may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Ottawa - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>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- Ottawa) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ottawa. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.3119, Longitude: -93.5022     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ottawa have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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