Winthrop, Iowa

Winthrop, Iowa

North America

Winthrop, Iowa, is a small city located in Buchanan County with a population of 677 according to the 2019 census. The geography of Winthrop is characterized by rolling hills, native prairie grasses, and forests. It has a humid continental climate with warm summers and cold winters. Winthrop was founded in 1876 when the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad was built through the area.

Politics in Winthrop are largely influenced by the Republican Party. The city operates under a mayor-council government, where citizens elect a mayor and council members to govern them. The current mayor is Steve Ostrander. The economy of Winthrop is mainly agricultural with some small businesses contributing to the local economy as well.

The city has one school system, which serves students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. There are also several private schools located in the area for those seeking an alternative education option. Some of the landmarks that can be found in Winthrop include St John’s Lutheran Church, which was built in 1889; and the historic railroad depot constructed in 1876 that serves as a museum today.

Population: 772. Estimated population in July 2020: 769 (-0.4% change)
Males: 368 (47.7%), Females: 404 (52.3%)

Buchanan County

Zip code: 50682

Median resident age: 37.8 years
Median household income: $36,136
Median house value: $64,000

Races in Winthrop:

  • White Non-Hispanic (99.0%)
  • American Indian (0.5%)

Ancestries: German (28.6%), Irish (17.5%), United States (15.8%), English (9.3%), Norwegian (3.1%), Scotch-Irish (1.7%).

Elevation: 1050 feet

Land area: 0.6 square miles

Winthrop, Iowa


Winthrop, Iowa is a small town located in the northeast corner of the state. The population of the town is approximately 1,400 people and is primarily comprised of families with young children and seniors. There is a strong sense of community within Winthrop and residents take pride in their town and its history. The cost of living in Winthrop is lower than the national average, making it an attractive option for those looking to settle down in a smaller community. Home prices tend to be much more affordable than those found in larger cities, with the median home value coming in at around $80,000. Renting also tends to be quite affordable, with average rents ranging from $500 to $800 per month. Utilities are also quite reasonable and can be as low as $50 per month depending on usage. Overall, Winthrop is an excellent option for those looking for an affordable place to live that still offers a great quality of life.

For population 25 years and over in Winthrop

  • High school or higher: 91.0%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 18.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.0%
  • Unemployed: 4.4%
  • Mean travel time to work: 19.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Winthrop city

  • Never married: 20.8%
  • Now married: 59.1%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 12.7%
  • Divorced: 7.5%

0.3% Foreign born

Population change in the 1990s: +18 (+2.4%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Winthrop:

  • MERCY HOSPITAL (about 20 miles; OELWEIN, IA)


Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Winthrop:

  • THE EASTERN IOWA (about 41 miles; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Abbreviation: CID)
  • WATERLOO MUNI (about 47 miles; WATERLOO, IA; Abbreviation: ALO)
  • DUBUQUE REGIONAL (about 72 miles; DUBUQUE, IA; Abbreviation: DBQ)

Other public-use airports nearest to Winthrop:

  • INDEPENDENCE MUNI (about 14 miles; INDEPENDENCE, IA; Abbreviation: IIB)
  • MANCHESTER MUNI (about 18 miles; MANCHESTER, IA; Abbreviation: C27)
  • OELWEIN MUNI (about 21 miles; OELWEIN, IA; Abbreviation: OLZ)

Colleges and Universities

Note: See jibin123 for a list of Iowa graduate schools.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Winthrop:

  • KIRKWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 14 miles; CEDAR RAPIDS, IA; Full-time enrollment: 7,991)
  • UPPER IOWA UNIVERSITY (about 26 miles; FAYETTE, IA; Full-time enrollment: 3,173)
  • UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA (about 40 miles; CEDAR FALLS, IA; Full-time enrollment: 12,524)
  • HAWKEYE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 44 miles; WATERLOO, IA; Full-time enrollment: 3,292)
  • NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE-CALMAR (about 51 miles; CALMAR, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,393)
  • UNIVERSITY OF IOWA (about 58 miles; IOWA CITY, IA; Full-time enrollment: 24,766)
  • LUTHER COLLEGE (about 61 miles; DECORAH, IA; Full-time enrollment: 2,566)


Public high school in Winthrop:

  • EAST BUCHANAN HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 198; Location: 414 5TH ST NORTH; Grades: 09 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Winthrop:

  • EAST BUCHANAN ELEMENTARY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 216; Location: 414 5TH ST NORTH; Grades: KG – 05)
  • EAST BUCHANAN MIDDLE MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 137; Location: 414 5TH ST NORTH; Grades: 06 – 08)


Library in Winthrop:

  • WINTHROP PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $24,538; Location: 344 WEST MADISON ST., BOX 159; 8,815 books; 146 audio materials; 88 video materials; 34 serial subscriptions)