Arnolds Park, Iowa

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Arnolds Park is a city in Dickinson County, Iowa, United States. The population was 1,162 at the 2000 census.

Arnolds Park is in the center of the Iowa Great Lakes resort region. It is home to an historic amusement park, also called Arnolds Park, which features Legend, An ACE Coaster Landmark.[1] Other major landmarks of the city include the Central Emporium shopping mall and the Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum and the Iowa Rock'N'Roll Hall of Fame.

Also located in Arnolds Park is the Abbie Gardner Sharp Cabin Museum, a site of the 1857 "Spirit Lake Massacre", a violent conflict between European settlers and Native Americans. Next to the cabin is the small Pillsbury Point State Park.



Arnolds Park is located at 43°21′56″N 95°7′47″W / 43.36556°N 95.12972°W / 43.36556; -95.12972 (43.365636, -95.129805)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,162 people, 580 households, and 349 families residing in the city. The population density was 896.1 people per square mile (345.1/km²). There were 1,147 housing units at an average density of 884.5/sq mi (340.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.50% White, 0.26% African American, 0.77% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.09% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.17% of the population.

There were 580 households out of which 17.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.1% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.8% were non-families. 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00 and the average family size was 2.50.

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