11 Oct 2009

Sample Essay: Albia, Welcome

Welcome to Albia, the city in Monroe County, Iowa, United States. It is the county seat in Monroe County with population of 3,706 at the 2000 census. The geographical location of Albia is at 41°1′36″N, 92°48′19″W (41.026600, -92.805262). It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 968 feet. The city has a total area of 3.1 square miles, and the population density was 1,184.8 people per square mile according to the United States Census Bureau.

Of the 3,706 people forming the total city population, 97.92% were White, 0.32% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.62% Asian, 0.24% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino formed 0.84% of the population. There were 1,531 households out of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.4% were non-families. 33.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average.

The median household income was $31,728, while the national income was $41,994 (source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau)

Albia is free of murders and homicides, and the number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 18. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 4.9 per 1,000 people.

Local festivals include Monroe County Fair (July 19-23, 2007) and Restoration Days (Aug. 23-25, 2007).

Facts File: Albia

Population in July 2007: 3,563. Population change since 2000: -2.8%

Males: 1642 (46.1%)

Females: 1921 (53.9%)

Median Resident Age: 39.4 years

Iowa Median Age: 36.6 years

ZIP Code: 52531

Estimated median household income in 2007: $37,500 (it was $31,728 in 2000

Albia: $37,500

Iowa: $47,292

Races in Albia: White Non-Hispanic (97.4%); Hispanic (0.8%); Two or more races (0.6%); American Indian (0.5%)

2008 cost of living index in Albia: 80.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)

Ancestries: Irish (19.8%), German (19.5%), English (13.7%), United States (7.0%), Dutch (6.2%), Swedish (5.2%).

Nearest Cities: Moravia (9.4 miles); Lovilia (10.1 miles); Hamilton (12.1 miles); Blakesberg (12.4 miles); Bussey (13.5 miles); Marysville (14.7 miles); Eddyville (14.8 miles); Unionville (16.3 miles)

(Source: http://www.city-data.com/city/Albia-Iowa.html)

Things to Do

Whether you are a new or old visitor to Albia, you can never get bored here, for there is so much to do. Your options are almost endless. You just need to choose what you would like to do.

Albia has literally hundreds of hotels & restaurants to choose from. There are permanent as well as seasonal attractions. There are events taking place the year round. You can savor local food here or you can choose from your choicest eateries and restaurants serving American, Asian, Chinese, French, Italian, or Mexican food.

You can find most stimulating and entertaining cultural activities taking place here. No matter where your interest lies – in “Swan lake” or a local jazz trio you have an endless list of events for an enriching evening out with Arts, and Entertainment events; Museums, Galleries, & Theatres, or anything that is pure joy to watch.

Besides, festivals, seasonal attractions, parks, sports & recreations, and wild life will offer a never ending adventure that will be a memory of your life time.

Places to Visit

If your interest lies in visiting historical monuments restored to their original splendor, here are some of the places to consider:

Albia’s Historic Town Square: 92 Buildings on National Register of Historic Places (1869-1910) – Town Square Walking Tour Brochure available at the AACC, 118 South Main, Albia

First Iowa State Bank: restored to its original splendor, lavishly decorated in Victorian antiques (Reservations required 641-932-2144 or 641-932-3319).

Robert T. Bates Apartment: Robert T. Bates, Albia’s benefactor was responsible for the restoration of the First Iowa State Bank. This turn of the century apartment is today exactly like the days when Robert Bates lived in it. It houses priceless antiques and artifacts from all over the world. Northwest corner of Court House Square (Free but Reservations required 641-932-3319).

Monroe County Historical Museum:  This wonderful museum is filled with artifacts from 19th century homes, farms, and mines. A coal mining exhibit at this museum is perhaps its greatest attraction. (Open Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m. Special arrangements for tour buses – 114 A Avenue East, Albia, Iowa 52531).

Some of the great places to shop antiques are listed as under:

Benton Avenue Antiques and Gifts, 5 Benton Avenue East, Albia, IA 52531.

Family Shoe & Sporting Goods, 22 Washington Ave E, Albia, IA 52531

Hollywood Hills Boutique, 2195 637th Trail, Albia, IA 52531

Illingworth Jewelry, 14 South Main, Albia, IA 52531

Premier Designs, 1515 Benton Avenue, Albia, IA 52531

Trading Treasures 14 Washington Avenue East. Albia, IA 52531

White Oak Gallery, 27 South Clinton, Albia, IA 52531

Some of the parks near Albia you can visit are listed as under (within 20 miles of Albia) :

Honey Creek State Park

Honey Creek State Park on Rathbun Lake, spread across 828 acres, offers camping, trails, boating, fishing, picnic facilities. Iconium, Moravia is a nearby community

Lake Keomah State Park

Spread across 366 acres, Lake Keomah State Park offers camping, trails, swimming, fishing, boating, lodge, picnic facilities. Oskaloosa, Pella, Sigourney are the nearby communities.

Lake Wapello State Park

Lake Wapello, among the largest state parks is spread across 1,150 acres, with camping, cabins, trails, boating, swimming, fishing, picnic facilities. Bloomfield, Ottumwa, Unionville are the near by communities.

Listed below are some of the popular Albia Restaurants

A & W Restaurant

Hwy 34e, Albia, IA

Phone – (641) 932-7153

(Restaurant Type: Family Restaurant)

Albia Dairy Bar LLC

803 S Clinton St, Albia, IA

Phone – (641) 932-5358

(Restaurant Type: Ice Cream)


204 S Main St, Albia, IA

Phone – (641) 932-7799

(Restaurant Type: Sandwiches and Submarine shop)

Breadeaux Pizza

16 S Main St, Albia, IA
Phone – (641) 932-5193

(Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants)

Casey’s General Store

1117 S Clinton St, Albia, IA
Phone – (641) 932-5240

(Restaurant Type: Pizza Restaurants)

Comes Investments

Highway 34 W , Albia, IA
Phone – (641) 932-7833
(Restaurant Type: Eating places)


1118 S Clinton St , Albia, IA

Phone – (641) 932-5386

(Restaurant Type: Fast food restaurants and stands)

Skean Block Restaurant

11 Benton Ave E , Albia, IA

Phone – (641) 932-2159

(Restaurant Type: Eating places)

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