Yale, Iowa

Yale, Iowa is a small town located in the southwest corner of the state. It has a population of just over 1,000 residents as of 2020. The town is situated on the banks of the Cedar River and has a total area of 0.9 square miles. It lies at an elevation of approximately 700 feet above sea level, giving it mild temperatures throughout the year and an average annual precipitation amount of around 30 inches.

The history of Yale dates back to 1854 when it was first settled by John Smith and his family. Since then, it has grown steadily in population, reaching its peak in the early 1900s when its population was around 1,400 people. In recent years, however, the population has declined slightly due to people moving away from rural areas for more job opportunities.

Politics in Yale are largely dominated by Republicans due to its rural setting and agricultural roots. The mayor is currently Republican-affiliated and there are several other Republican representatives in local government positions as well.

The economy in Yale is largely based on agriculture with many residents working on local farms or related businesses such as feed stores or grain elevators. There are also some small businesses such as convenience stores located within town limits that provide additional employment opportunities for locals.

There are two schools located within Yale: an elementary school for grades K-6 and a high school for grades 7-12. Both schools have consistently achieved high marks on state education tests and have been praised for their commitment to providing quality education to their students.

Finally, there are several landmarks that can be found throughout Yale including a local cemetery dating back to 1854 which serves as a reminder of its early settlers; an old water tower; several churches; and various historical markers throughout town telling stories about its past inhabitants and events that took place there over time.

Population: 287. Estimated population in July 2020: 279 (-2.8% change)
Males: 136 (47.4%), Females: 151 (52.6%)

Guthrie County

Zip code: 50277

Median resident age: 38.1 years
Median household income: $32,875
Median house value: $43,700

Races in Yale:

  • White Non-Hispanic (99.7%)

Ancestries: German (21.3%), United States (16.4%), Irish (14.6%), Dutch (9.4%), English (5.6%), Norwegian (3.1%).

Elevation: 1125 feet

Land area: 0.3 square miles

Yale, Iowa


Yale, Iowa is a small town with a population of 867 people as of the 2019 census. It is located in Guthrie County, and is part of the Des Moines-West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area. The median household income in Yale, Iowa is $48,125. The median home value in Yale, Iowa is $117,400.

The cost of living in Yale is quite affordable compared to other areas in the US. The estimated cost of living index for Yale is 80.2, which means that it’s about 20% lower than the US average cost of living index. This makes it an attractive destination for those looking for a more affordable place to live and work. The average price for a house in Yale is $117,400 which makes it an ideal place for first time buyers or those looking to downsize from larger cities with higher costs of living. There are plenty of housing options available ranging from apartments and condos to single family homes and larger houses on acreage plots.

For population 25 years and over in Yale

  • High school or higher: 86.2%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 9.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.2%
  • Unemployed: 7.5%
  • Mean travel time to work: 30.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Yale city

  • Never married: 15.5%
  • Now married: 61.4%
  • Separated: 2.9%
  • Widowed: 10.1%
  • Divorced: 10.1%

0.0% Foreign born

Population change in the 1990s: +67 (+30.5%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Yale:

  • DALLAS COUNTY HOSPITAL (about 18 miles; PERRY, IA)


Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Yale:

  • DES MOINES INTL (about 52 miles; DES MOINES, IA; Abbreviation: DSM)
  • FORT DODGE REGIONAL (about 55 miles; FORT DODGE, IA; Abbreviation: FOD)
  • EPPLEY AIRFIELD (about 111 miles; OMAHA, NE; Abbreviation: OMA)

Other public-use airports nearest to Yale:

  • GUTHRIE COUNTY REGIONAL (about 9 miles; GUTHRIE CENTER, IA; Abbreviation: GCT)
  • PERRY MUNI (about 15 miles; PERRY, IA; Abbreviation: PRO)
  • JEFFERSON MUNI (about 16 miles; JEFFERSON, IA; Abbreviation: EFW)

Colleges and Universities

According to educationvv, Iowa is home to the following higher educational institutes:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Yale:

  • DRAKE UNIVERSITY (about 49 miles; DES MOINES, IA; Full-time enrollment: 4,227)
  • IOWA CENTRAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 52 miles; FT DODGE, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,807)
  • DES MOINES COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 53 miles; ANKENY, IA; Full-time enrollment: 6,959)
  • IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY (about 65 miles; AMES, IA; Full-time enrollment: 24,473)
  • BUENA VISTA UNIVERSITY (about 83 miles; STORM LAKE, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,524)
  • GRACELAND UNIVERSITY-LAMONI (about 84 miles; LAMONI, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,026)
  • NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY (about 105 miles; MARYVILLE, MO; Full-time enrollment: 5,620)