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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.


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Median household income
Local
$30,174
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Ottumwa demographic reports
Ottumwa is on the Des Moines River
Former and merged names include:
· Lewisville
Developed overnight with opening of the territory to settlement in 1843.

Pork processing has long been at the heart of the local economy.

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 207. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 8.4 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Tom Arnold, actor
Nearby parks & recreation: Lake Wapello State Park, Pioneer Ridge Nature Area, Woodlands Scenic Byway, Ottumwa Park
Historic sites and museums: Airpower Museum, Wapello County Historical Museum, Exploratorium of Iowa
Colleges and universities: Indian Hills Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)

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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.

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15% of Ottumwa residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Ottumwa, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $351.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $598.


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Libraries in Ottumwa include Ottumwa Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Ottumwa include Ottumwa Courier

TV stations in Ottumwa include KYOU.

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Wapello County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Ottumwa political report.

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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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Hotels in Ottumwa include Americinn Ottumwa, Days Inn Ottumwa, Fairfield Inn Ottumwa, Heartland Inn, Super 8.

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