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Retirement Living In Estherville - Iowa

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Area Description

Located in the Des Moines River Valley Estherville is the home to approximately 6,500 people. A place where small town friendly charm is still abundant and everyone knows your name. Only a 15 minute drive from Estherville you will find a beautiful chain of glacier carved lakes that includes Iowa’s largest natural lake, Spirit Lake, and five interconnected lakes that include the Okobojis.

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Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Estherville has lots to see and do! We are located on the beautiful West Fork of the Des Moines River. This river is great for spending time outdoors. It offers wonderful fishing, canoeing, kayaking and floating. We have an indoor wellness Center that offers full olympic style pool, slides, childrens shallow water play area and a zero depth play area for small children. It also includes two full sized gymnasiums, an indoor walking track and fitness center. Fort Defiance State Park is a beautiful place for a picnic or a hike or even a ride on your horse.

There is so much fun to be had, both indoors and out! Try swimming, roller skating, the movies, bowling, golf, wine tasting, hiking, boating and more!

A 455 pound meteorite fell just north of Estherville on May 10, 1879? It is one of only six observed falls. There are pieces on display at the Estherville Public Library and inside the soon to open Meterorite Center in Estherville!

Cultural Activities

The Emmet County Historical Museum is located at 1720 3rd Avenue South in Estherville, and it's open 2-5pm during the months of June, July and August. The museum features a number of historical buildings and exhibits showing off the area's rich history.

Estherville hosts a farmers market during the summer season and offers free live music during that event each week.

Public transportation

Very little public transportation but we do have a small public airport and the Rides Bus which offers rides but requires a call ahead.

Medical Facilities

Avera Holy Family Hospital is the chief provider of healthcare in Estherville. They offer a wide range of specialty services and is linked to regionally recognized physician specialist and advanced technology through Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center and Avera Health.

Physician Specialty Care in Estherville includes Cardiology/Heart Specialist, Dermatology, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Infectious Disease, Nephrology/Kidney Specialist, OB/GYN/Women’s Health, Oncology/Cancer Specialist, Chemotherapy, Ophthalmology/Eye Specialist, Orthopedics/Bone & Joint Specialist, Otoloaryngology/Ear, Nose, Throat, Pathology/Tissue Analysis, Pediatric Pulmonology, Pediatrics, Podiatry/Foot & Ankle Specialist, Pulmonology/Lung Specialist, Radiology/Diagnostic Imaging Specialist, and Urology/Urinary Tract Specialist.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Estherville, Iowa?

For those of you that retire in Estherville, you will enjoy warm summers, a cool fall, a cold winter and a temperate spring!

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 10's and highs in the upper 20's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 0's. You may have some days below 0°. Expect a few days of rain. Assume a few days of snow with a lot of days with snow remaining on the ground.

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Estherville such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 40's and highs in the mid 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 30's. Expect some rainy days in the spring.

Summertime in Estherville is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the low 70's and highs in the low 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the upper 50's. Expect a few days above 90°. Humidity may feel "sticky" with muggy evenings. Expect some rainy days in the summer.

If you retire in Estherville, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 40's and highs in the upper 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 30's. Expect some rainy days in the fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  7  16  25
 Feb  11  20  29
 Mar  22  32  41
 Apr  34  46  57
 May  47  58  70
 Jun  57  68  79
 Jul  61  72  83
 Aug  59  69  80
 Sep  49  61  73
 Oct  37  49  60
 Nov  24  33  43
 Dec  11  19  28

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  31  10
 Feb  0  27  7
 Mar  0  26  1
 Apr  0  12  0
 May  1  1  0
 Jun  2  0  0
 Jul  4  0  0
 Aug  2  0  0
 Sep  1  1  0
 Oct  0  9  0
 Nov  0  24  1
 Dec  0  30  7

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  1 "  5  11 %
 Feb  1 "  5  15 %
 Mar  2 "  7  25 %
 Apr  3 "  9  34 %
 May  4 "  10  45 %
 Jun  5 "  11  56 %
 Jul  4 "  9  63 %
 Aug  4 "  8  62 %
 Sep  3 "  8  51 %
 Oct  2 "  7  38 %
 Nov  2 "  6  26 %
 Dec  1 "  6  16 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  8 "  22  5
 Feb  6 "  20  4
 Mar  5 "  9  3
 Apr  2 "  1  1
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  5 "  6  3
 Dec  9 "  19  5

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Cost of Living for Estherville, IA

Estherville, Iowa cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Estherville has a variety of affordable housing options. If you’re interested in buying a home, our realtors would be delighted to assist you. Houses range in price from $30,000 to more than $200,000. If you’d prefer to build a new home, there are housing grants available! We also have an assisted living community that offers apartment style living with many amenities.

Senior Assistance in Estherville, IA

Estherville, Iowa offers the following assistance for seniors:

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Estherville Offer For Retirees?

We have RSVP which is an organization for people over 55 to volunteer in the community.

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