Creston, Iowa

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Creston is a city in and the county seat of Union County, Iowa, United States.[1] The population was 7,597 at the 2000 census. Within a few miles of Creston are Green Valley State Park, Summit Lake, Twelve Mile Lake and Three Mile Recreation Area. McKinley Lake lies within a large, multi-purpose municipal park within the city limits.

Creston has a long railroad history. Today, Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides service to Creston, operating its California Zephyr daily in both directions between Chicago, Illinois, and Emeryville, California, across the bay from San Francisco. Creston is also a stop on the BNSF Railway. Rail crews based in Creston work from Creston to Galesburg, Illinois and Lincoln, Nebraska. The former Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad railroad depot, a 2-story, yellow-brick, red tile-roofed French Provincial structure, now serves as Creston's city hall.



Creston is located at 41°03′33″N 94°21′52″W / 41.059039°N 94.364378°W / 41.059039; -94.364378 (41.059039, -94.364378).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.1 square miles (13.3 km2), of which, 5.1 square miles (13.2 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km2) of it (0.97%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 7,597 people, 3,346 households, and 1,974 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,496.2 people per square mile (577.4/km2). There were 3,598 housing units at an average density of 708.6/sq mi (273.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.13% White, 0.34% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.38% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.26% of the population.

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