Ottumwa Wapello County, Iowa

Ottumwa: City in Iowa


Ottumwa is a city located in the county of Wapello in the U.S. state of Iowa. Its population at the 2010 census was 25,023 and a population density of 584 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 24,375 inhabitants.

The city was created 178 years ago in 1843.

Ottumwa Quick Facts

Population : 24,375 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Iowa (United States)
County : Wapello County
Postal code : 52501
Phone Area Codes : 641
Area : 42.82 km2
Altitude : 673 feet / 205, 205 meters
Capital city : Ottumwa is capital of Wapello County
Establishment : January 01, 1844 (178 years ago)
Time Zone : America/Chicago
Local time : 12:48:28 (18th January 2022)
Density : 569 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : -2.66% (2010-2020)
Ottumwa locator map
Location of Ottumwa on Iowa map.
Wapello County  Iowa Courthouse image
Wapello County Iowa Courthouse
Wapello County  Iowa Courthouse image


Ottumwa is located at 41°1'12"N 92°24'41"W (41.0200100, -92.4113000).

Ottumwa map


According to census records, the population of Ottumwa decreased by 2.66% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 25,023 - census
2011 24,894 -0.52% estimation process
2012 24,836 -0.23% estimation process
2013 24,875 0.16% estimation process
2014 24,800 -0.3% estimation process
2015 24,810 0.04% estimation process
2016 24,648 -0.66% estimation process
2017 24,436 -0.87% estimation process
2018 24,415 -0.09% estimation process
2019 24,368 -0.19% estimation process
2020 24,375 0.03% estimation process

Ottumwa zip code is 52501. County name: Wapello, County fips: 19179

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People born in Ottumwa (44)

People born in Ottumwa, including actor and comedian Tom Arnold, film actress Karen Morley, actress Beverley Owen, .


  • Jacob Schick (American businessman) he was born in 16/09/1877
  • Donald Keyhoe (American writer and UFO researcher) he was born in 20/06/1897
  • Deane Stoltz he was born in 03/04/1929
  • Steve Bales (NASA official) he was born in 07/10/1942
  • Sally Pederson (American politician) she was born in 13/01/1951
  • Roy L. Williams (American labor leader, president of the Teamsters) he was born in 22/03/1915
  • Hal Walker (Assistant Director and director) he was born in 20/03/1896
  • Edward J. Ruppelt (American UFO researcher) he was born in 17/07/1923
  • Archibald Alexander (African American mathematician and engineer) he was born in 04/05/1888
  • Jason Black (American martial artist) he was born in 15/08/1972
  • Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly (fictional corporal in MASH franchise)
  • Bob Lee (American baseball player) he was born in 26/11/1937
  • Daniel F. Steck (American politician) he was born in 16/12/1881
  • E. J. Mather (American college football coach, college basketball coach) he was born in 04/06/1887
  • James Knight (American football player and coach (1875-1969)) he was born in 16/11/1875
  • John Van Liew (American football coach) he was born in 12/12/1881
  • Jim Magrane (American baseball player) he was born in 23/07/1978
  • Marvin Mottet (Catholic priest of the Diocese of Davenport who was an advocate for social justice causes.) he was born in 31/05/1930

Schools in Ottumwa

College & universities near Ottumwa, IA

Code Name City ZIP
154165 Iowa School of Beauty-Ottumwa Ottumwa (IA) 52501

Stations (6)

Amtrak & bus stations near Ottumwa, IA

Code Name Address Type
OTM Ottumwa station 210 West Main Street RAIL
MTP Mount Pleasant 418 North Adams Street RAIL
FMD Fort Madison station 1601 20th Street RAIL
LAP La Plata 535 N. Owensby St. RAIL
BRL Burlington 300 South Main Street RAIL

Post offices near Ottumwa

Post Office Name City ZIP
Ottumwa Post Office Ottumwa (IA) 52501

Other places with the same name (2)

  • Ottumwa , Kansas township in Coffey County, Kansas with a population of 682 people.

Other cities in Wapello County

Cities, Towns, Neighborhoods & Other Populated Places in Wapello County , IA.

City Name Population Title
Eddyville 1,010 City in Wapello County, Iowa, United States
Eldon 915 City in Iowa, United States
Agency 641 City in Wapello County, Iowa, United States
Blakesburg 285 City in Wapello County, Iowa, United States
Kirkville 177 Human settlement in Wapello County, Iowa, United States of America
Chillicothe 97 City in Wapello County, Iowa, United States

Distance to Other Cities

Ottumwa distances to largest Iowa cities