Location Profile

Cresco, Iowa

Facility Type
Facility Location
Cresco, Iowa
Teaching Facility
Trauma Center
Number of Beds

Hospital Overview

The healthcare provider is located in Cresco, Iowa. Offering a range of healthcare options for children and adults, the facility is a leader of compassionate care in the area. Services include emergency care, radiology, surgery, and behavioral health.

Community Overview

Cresco is a small but interesting town located in Northeast Iowa. It's known for its recreational options and has the nickname "Iowa's Year-Round Playground" due to its appeal in every season. Ranked as one of the most affordable places to live in Iowa by Niche.com, Cresco has good appeal for all. Cresco is also one of the best places to raise a family in Iowa and has multiple family-friendly options including the annual Mighty Howard County Fair.

To learn more Cresco visit the official town website and explore the area at the county website.

Cost of Living


Howard-Winneshiek Community School District runs the public schools in the area, offering an early childhood center for Pre-K, an elementary school, and a middle/high school. The district offers a 1:1 device ratio for students, so they have access to the educational technology they need. STEM classes are integrated throughout all three schools to prepare students for the demands of the workforce, and encourage them to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. They were also one of the first 100 districts in the United States designated "Future Ready" by the U.S. Department of Education. More than 80% of students are proficient in math, and more than 70% are proficient in reading, plus the district offers a 92% graduation rate. There is also one private school in Cresco.

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EARL Public Transit is the area public transportation system that offers services not only throughout Howard, but also in other counties in the area.

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Local and Nearby Attractions

Cresco shopping includes multiple locally-owned stores for clothing, gifts, art, jewelry, and other needs. The town includes Dollar General and other chain stores. Grocery shopping in Cresco includes Fareway Grocery. Nearby Decorah, Iowa is less than 30 minutes away and has Walmart, plus an assortment of other stores.

Cresco Theatre and Opera House is a movie theatre and event space. First-run movies are screened there regularly, and Cresco Community Theatre Productions offers live theatrical productions several times a year. The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame is a great destination for anyone who loves wrestling and showcases the Iowans who contribute to this great sport. The Howard County Historical Preservation Center is a museum located in Cresco and chronicles more than 100 years of history. Exhibits including farm equipment, vintage coins, books, and various artifacts in over 14,000 square feet. Just 24 minutes away in nearby Spillville, Iowa is the Bily Clocks Museum, a space filled with handmade clocks by Frank and Joseph Bily.

Giving Cresco the nickname of "Iowa's Year-Round Playground," Howard County Parks offers activities including fishing, canoeing, birdwatching, biking, and other fun recreation throughout the year. Cresco's Beadle Park contains a historic and a historic log cabin, plus a playground. East Park includes a 9-hole disc golf course, plus ball fields, indoor ice rink, a playground, and other amenities. Kessel Park is home to a playground, basketball hoops, and outdoor fitness equipment. The Prairie’s Edge Nature Center has displays of area plants and flowers, plus includes live animals. It's a nice place to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Cresco. Nearby trails offer plenty of space for biking or a good walk.

Iowa is growing in diversity with more Filipinos coming to its towns and cities. Just 30 minutes away in Mabel, Minnesota is a Filipino BBQ called Mabel's Smokehouse BBQ.

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Crime Rate

Rated an A+ on crime, Cresco is one of the safest places in Iowa. The crime rate is 79% lower than the national average and the town is safer than 95% of the country. Crime in the area has decreased by 30% over the last year.

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