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Ottumwa is a city in Wapello County.
It is the county seat.
The community name derives from Indian term for "rippling waters" or "swift water"
The latitude of Ottumwa is 41.004N. The longitude is -92.373W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 673 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 24,697.
Pork processing has long been at the heart of the local economy.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Ottumwa demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Wapello County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 52501 ZIP code.
21% of Ottumwa residents report German ancestry, and 14% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Ottumwa ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Ottumwa was $16,040, compared with $21,587 nationally.
15% of Ottumwa residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Ottumwa, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $351. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $598.
Libraries in Ottumwa include Ottumwa Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Ottumwa include Ottumwa Courier
TV stations in Ottumwa include KYOU.
Wapello County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Ottumwa political report.
The average commute time for Ottumwa workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 2 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Ottumwa between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of .8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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