Population: 5,997

Male 47% Female 53%
Married 55%
Single 45%

City rating

This rating is a weighted average of commute time, crime rate, population, median salary, and more.


Overall value

This score adds annual household income and cost of living to the city rating.


Density (Population per mile²)

Compared to New York, Oelwein has a very low population density. Oelwein is perfect for those who like a quiet city.

1,251 Oelwein
27,441 New York

City Info

Oelwein, IA is a great place to live. It has its pros and cons like any city, but with a quality of life rating of 10/10 and an overall value of 8/10, it’s no surprise why so many people choose to live here.

Population density is a way of determining how crowded an area is. Oelwein has a population density of 1,251, with 5,997 current residents.

Out of the 5,997 current residents, 47% are male and 53% are female. 55% of the residents are married and 45% are single.



Air quality

Best air quality


  • 53% Sun
  • 34% Rain
  • 32% Snow


45°F average temperature

  • 58 years Median home age
  • $52,870 Median home price
  • -11.73% Home appreciation rate
  • 10.53% Annual property tax
  • 63.1%
    Homes owned
  • 23.2%
    Homes rented
  • 13.7%
    Homes vacant


As for living in Oelwein, the air quality is 94% and the weather, on average, is 53% sunny, 34% rainy, and 32% snowy. The average temperature is 45°F.

Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a home in Oelwein, you should know that 63.1% of homes are owned while 23.2% of homes are rented, and 13.7% of homes are vacant. The median price of a home is $52,870, the median age of homes is 58 years, the annual home appreciation is -11.73% and the annual property tax is 10.53%.



Religious diversity

  • Crime rate (per 100,000)

  • Average age

  • Political majority

    Democrat Democrat


When looking at the community of Oelwein, it’s important to determine the crime rate. Oelwein’s crime rate is 3 total number of crimes reported per 100,000 total population. The average age of residents in Oelwein is 44 years and the breakdown of political affiliations is 57.57% Democratic, 40.98% Republican, and 1.45% Independent.






Student teacher ratio 1:11


  • Management, Business, Art & Sciences
  • Sales & Office Occupations
  • Service Occupations
  • Production, Transportation & Material Moving
  • Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance
  • 82%
    High school diploma
  • 8%
    Some college or associates degree
  • 9%
    Bachelors degree
  • 4%
    Graduate or professional degree


When looking at Oelwein, it’s important to understand employment statistics. 9.30% of residents are unemployed in Oelwein (which does not include the percentage of residents who are no longer in the labor force). Of the employed Oelwein residents: 7.7% of employed residents work in the management and business field, 15.87% are in the arts and sciences field, 16.8% are in the customer service field, 26.2% are in the sales field, 1.31% work in farming, fishing, and forestry, 8.9% of employed residents work in the construction field, and 23.3% work in production. When it comes to education, the ratio of teachers to students is 1:11. The percentage of residents who have graduated high school is 82.31%, 7.59% of residents have an associate’s degree, 8.63% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, and 3.88% have a master’s degree.



Average commute time

Daily breakdown: by transport type

  • Public
  • Car
  • Carpool
  • Work at home


If you plan on commuting to work in Oelwein, you should be aware that the average commute time is 17 minutes, compared to the national average commute time of 26 minutes. When it comes to commuting, residents of Oelwein have a few different options. 81% of commuters use their own cars, 13% of commuters carpool, 0% of commuters use the transit system, and 3% of residents work from home.

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