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Welcome to Ottumwa ...

The city of Ottumwa is located in Wapello County<1> and is the County Seat for Wapello County.

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

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Ottumwa has a population of 24,368 people<3> (see below for details).

Ottumwa is 640 feet [195 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

The telephone area code for Ottumwa: (641)

The ZIP code for Ottumwa: 52501<5>

Websites for Ottumwa ...

Official Website:   www.ci.ottumwa.ia.us/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.ottumwaiowa.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Ottumwa had an population of 24,368 people. This is a decrease of 2.62% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 2.52% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Ottumwa had a population of 25,023 people (or 70.24% of the total population of Wapello County). This makes Ottumwa the county's most populous community.

The population of Ottumwa represents 0.82% of the total population of Iowa (which has 3,046,355 people), making it the state's 21st most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 25,023 people, the population of Ottumwa has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (with a count of 24,998 people).

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

Communities Also Named Ottumwa ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 2 communities that are also named Ottumwa - they are located in Kansas and South Dakota.

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

Communities near Ottumwa ...

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

  • Bloomfield [Davis County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bloomfield have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bloomfield
    • Bloomfield [Davis County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<7> to the south of Ottumwa
    • Estimated population in 2019: 2,679 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bloomfield
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bloomfield<8>
  • Eddyville [Wapello County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eddyville
    • Eddyville [Wapello County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<7> to the northwest of Ottumwa
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,008 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eddyville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Eddyville<8>
  • Eldon [Wapello County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Eldon have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eldon
    • Eldon [Wapello County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<7> to the southeast of Ottumwa
    • Estimated population in 2019: 915 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eldon
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Eldon<8>
  • Hedrick [Keokuk County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hedrick have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hedrick
    • Hedrick [Keokuk County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<7> to the northeast of Ottumwa
    • Estimated population in 2019: 754 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hedrick
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Fremont [Mahaska County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fremont
      • Fremont [Mahaska County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<7> to the north of Ottumwa
      • Estimated population in 2019: 721 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fremont
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fremont<8>
    • Batavia [Jefferson County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Batavia have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Batavia
      • Batavia [Jefferson County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<7> to the east of Ottumwa
      • Estimated population in 2019: 549 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Batavia
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Batavia<8>
    • Libertyville [Jefferson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Libertyville
      • Libertyville [Jefferson County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<7> to the east of Ottumwa
      • Estimated population in 2019: 341 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Libertyville
    • Blakesburg [Wapello County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Blakesburg have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blakesburg
      • Blakesburg [Wapello County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<7> to the west of Ottumwa
      • Estimated population in 2019: 285 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blakesburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Blakesburg<8>
    • Packwood [Jefferson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Packwood
      • Packwood [Jefferson County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<7> to the northeast of Ottumwa
      • Estimated population in 2019: 227 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Packwood
    • Drakesville [Davis County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Drakesville have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Drakesville
      • Drakesville [Davis County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<7> to the south of Ottumwa
      • Estimated population in 2019: 190 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Drakesville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Drakesville<8>

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

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

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Ottumwa. Our list includes 34 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Ottumwa.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Ottumwa ...

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Iowa

About Wapello County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Ottumwa: www.ci.ottumwa.ia.us/

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 Wapello, 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 Ottumwa 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 Ottumwa 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 Ottumwa.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Ottumwa - 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 Ottumwa). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Ottumwa or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>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.
<7>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 from Point A (ie- Ottumwa) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Ottumwa. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ottumwa

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ottumwa. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.0178, Longitude: -92.4108    
<8>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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