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Spencer, Iowa

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The location of Spencer

Welcome to Spencer ...

The city of Spencer is located in Clay County and is the County Seat for Clay County.

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

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Spencer has a population of 11,031 people<2> (see below for details).

Spencer is 1,310 feet [399 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

Spencer is within the (712) area code.

The ZIP code for Spencer: 51301<4>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Spencer had a population of 11,233 people (which is 67.4% of the total population of Clay County). This makes Spencer the county's most populous community.

The population of Spencer represents 0.37% of the population of Iowa (which has 3,046,355 people), making it the state's 33rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 11,233 people, the population of Spencer has remained roughly the same as the 2000 Census (which had a count of 11,317 people).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Spencer had an population of 11,031 people. This is a decrease of 1.8% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 2.53% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities Also Named Spencer ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 35 communities that are also named Spencer - they are located in Alabama (2), Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois (2), Indiana, Kansas (3), Kentucky (2), Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi (2), Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina (2), Ohio (4), Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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

Websites for Spencer ...

Official Website:

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 Spencer. 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 Spencer. 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 Spencer. Our list includes 13 papers.

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

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Spencer ...

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

Communities near Spencer ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Spirit Lake   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the North (N) of Spencer

Located in Dickinson County

Milford   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North (N) of Spencer

Located in Dickinson County

Hartley   [Map]

Lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the West (W) of Spencer

Located in O'Brien County

Arnolds Park   [Map]

Lies 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North (N) of Spencer

Located in Dickinson County

Okoboji   [Map]

Lies 16 miles [25.7 km] to the North (N) of Spencer

Located in Dickinson County

Sioux Rapids   [Map]

Lies 17 miles [27.4 km] to the South (S) of Spencer

Located in Buena Vista County

Ruthven   [Map]

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

Located in Palo Alto County

Everly   [Map]

Lies 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) of Spencer

Royal   [Map]

Lies 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Spencer

Wahpeton   [Map]

Lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the North (N) of Spencer

Located in Dickinson County

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Iowa

About Clay County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Spencer:

The official website for Clay County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

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.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Spencer.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Spencer - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<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 Spencer). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Spencer or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Spencer) 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 Spencer. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Spencer

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spencer. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.1458, Longitude: -95.1514     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spencer have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).






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