Ottumwa is a city of growth and prosperity, dedicated to making the most of its history to promote a successful future. Currently, approximately 35,000 people reside in Ottumwa with very active community leaders. Residents are attracted to the low cost of living, abundant choices in recreation and entertainment, and outstanding education and healthcare facilities.
Businesses also have many reasons to locate in Ottumwa. As the county seat of Wapello County, Ottumwa has an expansive commercial district and industrial base. Ottumwa also has an impressive level of consumer traffic, an employee base with an exemplary work ethic and an environment that is decidedly committed to economic development.
The sparkling Des Moines River runs right through Ottumwa, providing a beautiful backdrop to the vibrant community. With a variety of historical attractions, cultural resources, and recreational opportunities, residents and tourists never have a shortage of things to do. The Bridge View Center offers exceptional convention and meeting space as well as a state of the art performing arts theater.
We encourage you to explore our 700 plus acres of city parks, two 18 hole golf courses, and enjoy the many attractions at The Beach Ottumwa Water Park and the wide variety of events in our newest crown jewel Bridge View Center. Ottumwa is located 40 minutes from Lake Rathbun and Honey Creek Resort.
Our school system is exceptional with nine elementary schools, a great middle school and top-notch high school. There is also a Christian and a Catholic school. Students can also continue their education after high school at Indian Hills Community College or Buena Vista College.
Ottumwa Regional Health Center serves as a regional hub for our eight county service area. Working in partnership with surrounding community hospitals, and our affiliate partners in Des Moines and Iowa City, they are striving to develop a seamless system of care for patients and their families with over 70 physicians and 950 employee associates.
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