|— City —|
|Motto: "Connecting To What Matters"|
|• Total||11.25 sq mi (29.14 km2)|
|• Land||11.25 sq mi (29.14 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||968 ft (295 m)|
|• Estimate (2011)||14,932|
|• Density||1,314.0/sq mi (507.3/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0457810|
|Website||City of Indianola, Iowa|
Indianola was founded in 1849 as the county seat of Warren County. The town was located near the geographic center of the new county. The town's name was taken from a newspaper account of a Texas town of the same name.
|Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.|
2010 census 
As of the census of 2010, there were 14,782 people, 5,477 households, and 3,579 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,314.0 inhabitants per square mile (507.3 /km2). There were 5,893 housing units at an average density of 523.8 per square mile (202.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.9% White, 0.5% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.
There were 5,477 households out of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.7% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.98.
The median age in the city was 34.1 years. 23.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 15.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.1% were from 25 to 44; 22.1% were from 45 to 64; and 15.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.7% male and 53.3% female.
2000 census 
As of the census of 2000, there were 12,998 people, 4,748 households, and 3,261 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,414.7 people per square mile (546.1/km²). There were 4,981 housing units at an average density of 542.1 per square mile (209.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.92% White, 0.40% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.85% of the population.
There were 4,748 households out of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% were non-families. 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 15.8% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $43,725, and the median income for a family was $52,238. Males had a median income of $36,945 versus $24,401 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,574. About 5.6% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.3% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.
Arts and culture 
Indianola is also the home of the National Balloon Classic and National Balloon Museum.
Points of interest 
- Buxton Park Arboretum
- Des Moines Metro Opera
- National Hot Air Balloon Museum
- Summerset Winery
- Simpson College
- U.S. Ballooning Hall of Fame
Public school system 
Indianola is served by the Indianola Community School District.
Indianola has four elementary schools:
Indianola Middle School is the only middle school.
Indianola High School is the only senior high school.
Colleges and universities 
Notable people 
- Casey Blake, professional baseball player
- Chris Street, Iowa Hawkeye basketball player, potential NBA draft pick, killed in auto accident
- George Washington Carver, botanical researcher and agronomy educator
- Dayton Duncan, producer
- Junior D. Edwards, posthumous Medal of Honor honoree
- Erasmus Haworth, geologist
- James C. Hickman, actuary
- Ralph Parcaut, wrestler
- Lane Sisters, four sibling singers
- Steve Spray, professional golfer
- Emma Verona Johnston (1890–2004) oldest living American (114 years) at the time of her death
- Edwin Edgar Voigt, a Bishop of the The Methodist Church
- Ilo Browne Wallace, wife of Vice President Henry A. Wallace
- Ed Yost, inventor of the modern hot air balloon
- John Paul Jones, painter.
- Todd Blythe, former professional football player for the Arena Football League, NFL, and the Canadian Football League.
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- "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-30.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- http://www.co.warren.ia.us/History.htm Warren County History
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- Warren County Conservation Board. Summerset Trail.
- Revised 2000 Census Population and Housing Counts for Iowa Places and Counties.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Luther, Claudia (December 3, 2004). "Emma Johnston, 114; Ohioan Was Oldest Living American". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-08-02.
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- Indianola Community School District
- Indianola Development Association
- National Balloon Classic
- National Balloon Museum
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