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Indianola, Iowa
—  City  —
Warren County Courthouse in Indianola
Location of Indianola, Iowa
Coordinates: 41°21′42″N 93°33′47″W / 41.36167°N 93.56306°W / 41.36167; -93.56306Coordinates: 41°21′42″N 93°33′47″W / 41.36167°N 93.56306°W / 41.36167; -93.56306
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Warren
 - Total 9.2 sq mi (23.8 km2)
 - Land 9.2 sq mi (23.8 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 968 ft (295 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 12,998
 Density 1,414.7/sq mi (546.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 50125
Area code(s) 515
FIPS code 19-38280
GNIS feature ID 0457810

Indianola is a city in Warren County, Iowa, United States. The population was 12,998 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Warren County[1]. Simpson College, a liberal arts college of the United Methodist Church, is in Indianola. Indianola is also the home of the National Balloon Classic and National Balloon Museum.



Indianola is located at 41°21′42″N 93°33′47″W / 41.36167°N 93.56306°W / 41.36167; -93.56306 (41.361756, -93.562987)[2]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.2 square miles (23.8 km²), all of it land.

The Summerset Trail has its southern terminus at Indianola.[3]


Indianola Historical Population
Year Pop.  %±
1860 836
1870 1,428 70.8%
1880 2,146 50.3%
1890 2,254 5.0%
1900 3,261 44.7%
1910 3,283 0.7%
1920 3,628 10.5%
1930 3,488 −3.9%
1940 4,123 18.2%
1950 5,145 24.8%
1960 7,062 37.3%
1970 8,852 25.3%
1980 10,843 22.5%
1990 11,340 4.6%
2000 12,998 14.6%
2005 14,156 8.9%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. 

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 12,998 people, 4,748 households, and 3,261 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,414.7 people per square mile (546.1/km²). There were 4,981 housing units at an average density of 542.1/sq mi (209.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.92% White, 0.40% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.85% of the population.

There were 4,748 households out of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% were non-families. 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 15.8% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $43,725, and the median income for a family was $52,238. Males had a median income of $36,945 versus $24,401 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,574. About 5.6% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.3% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.

In 2005, a special census was conducted that revised Indianola's population to 14,156.[5]</ref>


Indianola was founded in 1849 as the county seat of Warren County. The town was located near the geographic center of the new county. The town's name was taken from a newspaper account of a Texas town of the same name.[6]



Public School System

Indianola is served by the Indianola Community School District. Indianola has four elementary schools:

  • Whittier
  • Emerson
  • Irving
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Elementary

There is one middle school:

  • Indianola Middle School

There are two senior high schools:

Higher Education

Simpson College

Points of interest

Buxton Park Arboretum
Gazebo and flower gardens in Buxton Park Arboretum

Notable natives and residents

  • George Washington Carver was a botanical researcher and agronomy educator. In 1941, "Time" magazine dubbed him a "Black Leonardo," a reference to the white polymath Leonardo da Vinci. Carver began his college education at Simpson College as an art major. He later transferred to Iowa State College (now Iowa State University) where he pursued his study of science.
  • Lane Sisters were four siblings who first achieved success in the 1930s as a singing act, with their popularity leading to a series of successful films.
  • Casey Blake, professional baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers, voted one of the top-ten high school athletes in Iowa history.
  • Junior D. Edwards received the Medal of Honor posthumously for actions which took place during the Korean War.
  • Steve Spray, professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour in the 1960s and 1970s.
  • Chris Street, star Iowa Hawkeyes basketball player, who died in his college junior year, moved to town in 1987 and starred for Indianola High School.
  • Emma Verona Johnston was the oldest living American until her death on December 1, 2004, she died at the age of 114.
  • Index Case founding members Josh Parker, Joe Ansley and Jordan Spence grew up in Indianola.


  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Warren County Conservation Board. Summerset Trail.
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ State Data Center of Iowa. Revised 2000 Census Population and Housing Counts for Iowa Places and Counties.
  6. ^ Warren County History

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