A GREAT PLACE TO VISIT… A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE
Imagine yourself where the best of small town living is combined with big-city amenities and sophistication.
Here in Mason City, the preserved beauty of the past enhances a modern-day lifestyle.
As the largest city in the region, Mason City is the culture, entertainment and economic center of North Iowa. Conveniently located 120 miles north of Des Moines and 135 miles South of Minneapolis/St. Paul, vibrant shopping, delicious dining, and lively community events are all part of everyday life. Combined with quality schools, picturesque neighborhoods, access to great healthcare, and excellent employment opportunities, you quickly see why Mason City is a great place to call home.
You’ll find homes for every taste and budget. Our vibrant, walkable downtown basks in natural beauty throughout every season of the year. Add that to the low cost of living and unique quality of life, and you’ll soon see how easy it is to fall in love with Mason City.
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Population – 28,000
Median Age – 43
Median Household Income – $47,788
Median Home Price – $115,900
Homes Owned – 34.2%
Homes Rent – 65.8%
Median Property Rent – $645
Source – https://livability.com/ia/mason-city
Iowa has been named the #1 best state in the country, according to a new 2018 study from U.S. News & World Report.
Mason City continues to rank favorably among similar Midwest communities in the most recent Cost of Living Index Report, which averaged data submitted for the entire year of 2018. The most recent data for Mason City and comparable Midwest communities is illustrated in the chart below. (100.0 represents the mean; a low score is interpreted as a low cost of living.)
|City & Composite Score||Groceries||Housing||Utilities||Transportation||Healthcare||Misc. Goods & Services|
|Mason City 88.5||92.8||72.7||102.8||88.5||92.7||95.1|
|St. Cloud 97.4||114.6||75.3||95.2||95.2||125.1||106.2|
|Sioux Falls 101.2||98.8||115.9||90.6||90.2||101.0||96.1|
In Iowa, agriculture employs one out of every six workers. Iowa’s strong agricultural and manufacturing heritage has placed the state in the leadership positions in the renewable fuels industry areas of wind power, ethanol and biodiesel production.
- Iowa ranks 1st in the nation in the production of ethanol
- Iowa ranks 2nd in the nation in the production of biodiesel
- Iowa ranks 3rd in the nation in wind generation output
Employment growth for all wage and salary workers, agriculture, and the self-employed is projected to add almost 27,325 jobs from 2016 to 2018, an increase of 1.5 percent over the two-year period. The aging population will spur an increase in the demand for healthcare services, resulting in the healthcare industry accounting for a large share of new jobs projected through 2018. Three sectors are expected to account for over 48 percent (13,175 jobs) of the state’s job growth. These sectors are: health care and social assistance, construction, and professional and business services.
MercyOne is the largest employer in Mason City, employing a staff of more than 2,600.
Other leading employers include Smithfield, Cargill, Curries Manufacturing, The Principal Financial Group Pension Center, Woodharbor Cabinetry, McKesson, the public school system and Mason City Clinic.
MercyOne is a 346-bed regional referral teaching center. Their medical staff of 300+ physicians covers a broad range of specialties. In addition to being a Level II Trauma Center, MercyOne is home to a Diabetes Center of Excellence, Bariatric Center of Excellence, Stroke Center of Excellence, and a Cardiovascular Program ranked in the top 100 nationally for nine consecutive years. The range of specialties includes Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Interventional Radiology, Nephrology and much more. Mercy Health Network – North Iowa is also comprised of Mercy Clinics (a primary care and specialty physician network), a home health agency, a hospice, a senior services agency, a regional referral laboratory, regional rehabilitation and diagnostic technology services, pharmacies, an emergency services network and a variety of other health care services.
Healthy Hometown, backed by the Healthiest State Initiative, assists communities in identifying the strengths and weaknesses of policies, programs and environments for promoting health and well-being. Through this initiative, our community is provided with the tools and expertise to take action to make our hometown healthier and safer.
Mason City received the 2018 award from the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative. The award recognizes the community’s efforts to improve the physical, social and emotional well-being of Iowans. Highlights include the Farmers’ Market, community gardens, bike share program, playground improvements, River City Sculptures on Parade, and new bike paths/walking trails.
In addition to the existing walking/biking trail system, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan for Mason City added over 24,725 linear feet of trail, the equivalent of 4.683 miles. Part of this work was the completion of a new 850-foot trail extension on South Taft Street, which now connects worksites and residents to retail businesses, a university branch, a bank and a grocery store. Residents can more easily and safely travel by foot or bike to these popular places.
The Lime Creek Nature Center opened in 1984 as a conservation education facility serving North Iowa. It was funded exclusively by donations from private citizens, businesses, organizations, and foundations. Over eight miles of trails wind through the various habitats at the Lime Creek Conservation Area, providing an excellent opportunity to view native plants and wildlife in their natural settings. Hikers, cross-country skiers, bicyclists, joggers, horseback riders, photographers, and nature enthusiasts all use
these trails. The Easy Access trail is available for walking,
wheel chair and stroller traffic.
North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) is a nationally-ranked, two-year institution that serves students of all ages and abilities. With a staff of approximately 300, the College currently offers nearly 40 one- and two-year career programs, the first two years toward a bachelor’s degree in most fields and an array of continuing education opportunities for professional and personal growth.
John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center provides new business start-up and expansion services. One-on-one business counseling, feasibility planning, technical assistance as well as access to capital guidance are among the many resources available to budding entrepreneurs through the Pappajohn center.
Buena Vista University offers human services programs in criminology, criminal justice, human services, psychology. Students can choose to learn at one of the 16 degree-completion locations or fully online.
Worldwide College of Auctioneering was founded in 1933 by the legendary auctioneer Col. Joe Reisch to provide the very best Auctioneer education and training available. Bi-lingual classes are available as well.
LaJames College offers diplomas in cosmetology/beauty school, massage therapy, estheology/skin care & nail technician.
A variety of senior living arrangements are available in Mason City. Assisted living, independent living as well as low income housing are available options to choose from when considering these lifestyle choices.
Places to Worship
Local churches provide an opportunity for family experiences and expanding your social circle to include healthy-minded, supportive people. Click here for our interactive worship directory of Mason City churches.
The Mason City Municipal Airport is North Iowa’s Gateway to the World. Our local airport offers easy access, streamlined security, free parking, free terminal Wi-Fi and first class airline service to Minneapolis, Chicago, and St. Louis on Air Choice One.
Mason City Public Transit is open to the general public, including those with disabilities. The transit operates from 6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except on certain holidays.
Rental cars are available through Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Jefferson Bus Lines, located at the Mason City Municipal Airport provides comfortable and affordable services to your favorite destinations.
Mason City is a pet friendly community. The fenced dog park is an excellent place where Fido can
socialize and exercise off-leash and you won’t want to miss the Mason City Municipal Swimming
Pool’s annual “Doggy Dip”.
The Doggie Wash, located across the street to the east of the dog park, is just the place to
take your dog after a busy day exploring the many walking trails that are linked throughout the city.
Dog/Cat License Required
Owners of all canines and felines over six (6) months of age, shall obtain an annual license. City licenses may be renewed for 1, 2, or 3 years depending on the expiration of the rabies vaccinations.
License fee shall be $50.00 per year for each animal that has not be altered and $10.00 per year for each neutered or spayed animal.
These area veterinary clinics offer the convenience of licensing your pet in their offices:
Animal Medical Hospital
Pioneer Animal Hospital
Mason City Pet Clinic
Licenses may also be obtained from the following businesses:
City of Mason City, Clerk’s Office
(641) 421-3600 at 10 1st Street NW Mason City, IA
Mason City Stray Animal Shelter
(641) 424-3617 at 2750 Birch Drive
Humane Society of North Iowa
(641) 423-6241 at 2700 Birch Drive
The City of Mason City provides for public safety through the city-managed Police Department, Fire and EMS, Animal Control, and Building Inspections. In addition, the City provides a wide variety of community services such as street repair, street sweeping, snow and ice removal, tree trimming, road side mowing, traffic signs and light maintenance, garbage pickup, recyclable & yard waste pickup.
WATER & GARBAGE
City Hall, 10 1st St. NW 641-421-3610
Request for service should be made in person and a deposit may be required.
The City provides a blue bin to each residence of Mason City to place their recyclables in for pickup. For more information on curbside items accepted or what date your pickup is, call the Sanitation Department at 641-421-3691
GAS & ELECTRIC
TELEPHONE & INTERNET
Local and long distance service, Internet and Voice over IP
Mediacom Broadband & Internet Services
Hwy 122 West 641-424-1900 or 800-392-6688
402 Indianhead Dr
4063 4th St SW
473 Indianhead Dr #103
473 Indianhead Dr #103
DRIVER’S LICENSE & VEHICLE REGISTRATION
Driver’s License Station
1622 S. Federal Ave., Mason City, IA
Cerro Gordo County Treasurer
220 N. Washington, Mason City, IA
112 N. Pennsylvania 641-423-2540
300 North Washington 641-421-0500
341 S Yorktown Pike
KCMR 97.9 FM Radio
600 1st St. NW
North Iowa Broadcasting
31 1st St. NE
U.S. Post Office
211 N. Delaware, Mason City, IA
Exchange Club of Mason City
Mason City Evening Lions
Mason City Jaycees
Mason City Noon Kiwanis
Mason City Noon Lions
Mason City Noon Rotary Club
Mason City Sunrise Rotary
River City Morning Kiwanis