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Welcome to Ottumwa ...

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

When the people of Ottumwa refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Ottumwan<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Ottumwa has a population of 24,550 people<2> (see below for details).

Ottumwa is 640 feet [195 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

Ottumwa is within the boundaries of the (641) area code.

The ZIP code for Ottumwa: 52501<4>

Population Details ...

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 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).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Ottumwa had an population of 24,550 people. This is a decrease of 1.89% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 1.79% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities near Ottumwa ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Bloomfield   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the South (S) of Ottumwa

Located in Davis County

Eddyville   [Map]

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

Eldon   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Ottumwa

Hedrick   [Map]

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

Located in Keokuk County

Fremont   [Map]

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

Located in Mahaska County

Batavia   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) of Ottumwa

Located in Jefferson County

Libertyville   [Map]

Lies 19 miles [30.6 km] to the East (E) of Ottumwa

Located in Jefferson County

Blakesburg   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) of Ottumwa

Packwood   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Ottumwa

Located in Jefferson County

Drakesville   [Map]

Lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South (S) of Ottumwa

Located in Davis County

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

Websites for Ottumwa ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

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 Ottumwa. 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 Ottumwa. 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 Ottumwa. Our list includes 34 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper 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 ...

The Communities of Iowa

About Wapello County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Ottumwa:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>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.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Ottumwa.

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

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<4>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).

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn 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 for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: 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     [Map].

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