Iola, Kansas

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Iola, Kansas
South side of the downtown square (2017)
South side of the downtown square (2017)
Location within Allen County and Kansas
Location within Allen County and Kansas
KDOT map of Allen County (legend)
Coordinates: 37°55′28″N 95°24′00″W / 37.92444°N 95.40000°W / 37.92444; -95.40000Coordinates: 37°55′28″N 95°24′00″W / 37.92444°N 95.40000°W / 37.92444; -95.40000[1]
CountryUnited States
 • TypeMayor–Council
 • Total4.81 sq mi (12.46 km2)
 • Land4.54 sq mi (11.76 km2)
 • Water0.27 sq mi (0.70 km2)
Elevation971 ft (296 m)
 • Total5,704
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,200/sq mi (460/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code620
FIPS code20-34300 [1][6]
GNIS ID474498 [1][3]

Iola (pronounced /ˈlə/)[7] is a city along the Neosho River in the northwestern part of Allen County, in southeast Kansas, in the central United States. In 2010, 5,704 people lived there.[8] Iola is the county seat of Allen County.[9] It is named after Iola Colborn.[10]

Geography[change | change source]

Iola is at 37°55′N 95°24′W / 37.917°N 95.400°W / 37.917; -95.400 (37.923, -95.400).[11] The city is along the eastern bank of the Neosho River. it is between Deer Creek, to the north, and Rock Creek, to the south, with Coon Creek going through the city. U.S. Route 54 goes through Iola along Madison Street. It interchanges with U.S. Route 169, which goes near the east side of the city. The smaller cities of Gas and La Harpe are a few miles to the east along US-54. The tiny city of Bassett is near Iola's southern border. The city of Humboldt is about 7 miles (11 km) to the south along US-169.

The United States Census Bureau says that the city has a total area of 4.81 square miles (12.46 km2). Of that, 4.54 square miles (11.76 km2) is land and 0.27 square miles (0.70 km2) is water.[2]

Climate[change | change source]

U.S. Weather Bureau (circa 1900)
Former Allen County Jail (2008)

Iola has hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. The Köppen Climate Classification system says that Iola has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[12]

People[change | change source]

Historical population
Census Pop.
2016 (est.)5,454[5]−4.4%
U.S. Decennial CensusKansas Population Data

2010 census[change | change source]

In 2010, there were 5,704 people, 2,357 households, and 1,418 families living in Iola.[4]

Culture[change | change source]

Iola has its yearly Farm City Days in mid-October. It's a celebration. It has a parade and a carnival. It started in 1971 when Stanley Dreher, Gary Parker, and Leon Catron tried getting people to go out to the farm.[13] The reason for the event is to show appreciation to its farm-town qualities.

Education[change | change source]

Map of Allen County

Unified school districts[change | change source]

  • Iola USD 257 (Web site), home of the 2006 Kansas 4A Girls State Basketball Champions.

Colleges and universities[change | change source]

Transportation[change | change source]

Bus service is provided north towards Kansas City, Missouri and south towards Tulsa, Oklahoma by Jefferson Lines (subcontractor of Greyhound Lines).[14][15]

Allen County Airport is three miles south of the city. City bus and rail service have stopped.

Media[change | change source]

The Iola Register is the local newspaper. It publishes on weekdays and Saturday.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) details for Iola, Kansas; United States Geological Survey (USGS); October 13, 1978.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  6. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. William Allen White School of Journalism and Public Information (1955). A pronunciation guide to Kansas place names. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas. p. 13.
  8. "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2011.
  9. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  10. Duncan, L. Wallace & Scott, Chas. F. (1901). History of Allen and Woodson Counties Kansas. Iola, KS: Iola Register. p. 74.
  11. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  12. Climate Summary for Iola, Kansas
  13. "Farm City Days". Archived from the original on 20 July 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  14. Jefferson Lines
  15. Greyhound Lines - Bus stops in Kansas Archived 2010-08-28 at the Wayback Machine

Other websites[change | change source]