Established in 1851, just five years after Iowa was admitted to the Union as the first free state in the Louisiana Purchase, Osceola began a pattern of growth that was to continue through the 19th and 20th centuries. Currently an estimated 4,500 people call Osceola home.
The City of Osceola is a progressive community, the shining star of Southern Iowa. A full range of services enhances the community provided by proactive government, independent business and experienced health care professionals. The backbone of the community is the people. Regardless of the type of merchandise or service you may be looking for, you’ll find it in Osceola, and you’ll be greeted with a warm, friendly smile from people who care and are willing to “go the extra mile” to help you — the customer.
- Local Government – Mayor and City Council form a government with appointed City administrator.
- Historic Carnegie style library, built in 1910, expanded in 1998 including a fiber-optics room and elevator to become handicapped accessible.
- Volunteer Fire Department – Highly trained and personally committed volunteers.
- City Police Department – Eleven certified officers offering the community over 120 years of combined law enforcement experience.
- Municipal Water System – Reservoir supply, treated water storage of 2.6 million gallons, peak water plant production of 1.7 million gallons per day, current average daily treatment of 1 million gallons.
- Municipal Airport – 4,000 foot paved runway, hangers and fuel available.
- Air Service – 35 minutes to Des Moines International Airport.
- Electrical – Alliant Energy and Clarke Electric Cooperative
- Natural Gas – Alliant Energy
- Rail Service – Amtrak, Burlington Northern Sante Fe — featuring the last original passenger station in Iowa, now on the National List of Top Ten Endangered Stations. The City of Osceola purchased this historic depot for extensive restoration.
- United States Post Office