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Statistics & Facts

The Iowa state capital is Des Moines.
The population of Algona is approximately 5,970 (2000), 5560 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 2,572 (1990), 2499 (2010).
The amount of land area in Algona is 11.07 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Algona is 4.5 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.045 sq kilometers.
The distance from Algona to Washington DC is 987 miles.
The distance to the Iowa state capital is 108 miles. (as the crow flies)
Algona is positioned 43.07 degrees north of the equator and 94.23 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Algona median income is $ 32,207 (2000).
The Algona median home price is $ 68,800 (2000).
Algona average annual snowfall is 31.9 inches per year.
The average winter temperature is 12.9 degrees F.
The average spring temperature is 45.1 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 71.6 degrees F.
The average fall temperature is 48.2 degrees F.


in northwest Iowa, north of Ft. Dodge. Nearby communities include Burt, Whittemore, Livermore, Bode, Lu Verne, Bancroft, Wesley and West Bend.
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Algona City Government

City of Algona

Algona Historical Events

2003, March 7
The folks in Algona, Iowa -- a one-movie-theater town with 5,970 residents -- can hardly wait to get their hands on the giant Chee-to. They plan to shellac it, lay it on plush velvet and put it under Plexiglas. "This giant Chee-to could be a boon to our local economy," said Tom Straub, owner of Algona's Sister Sarah's Bar. "Anything we can do to attract visitors to our town would be good." Though no official records are kept of such finds, a spokeswoman for Frito-Lay said she doesn't recall such a big Chee-to ever making it through the rigorous quality control process since the company began making them 55 years ago. A rare thing indeed because snackers devour billions of Chee-tos every year. More than 3 million bags are made daily, making the tasty treat almost synonymous with America. "We have very high standards and practices in place," Frito-Lay's Lynn Markley said. "It's never happened before. Not in our lifetime."

Background on this Chee-to also from the same article:
It's believed to be the largest Chee-to in the world. The cheesy glob of fried cornmeal that Navy Petty Officer Mike Evans found last week in a bag of the snacks is about the size of a small lemon and weighs in at about half an ounce...Bryce Wilson, the radio station disc jockey who headed the campaign to bring the Chee-to to Algona, said no one in the town would dare think of tasting it. Town residents raised $ 180 to bid on the Chee-to, but when Evans found out, he decided to send it to them for free. The $ 180 -- along with another $ 1000 pledged by Frito-Lay -- will go to a local food bank.

"If you take a big chunk of food out of circulation, you should put some food in circulation," said Wilson, 24, who has contacted the folks at Guinness World Records to see if the Chee-to qualifies. "Best of all, in these uncertain times, having something to laugh at is a really good thing."

By Jeordan Legon
Friday, March 7, 2003 Posted: 10:44 AM EST (1544 GMT) (from, Crunch! Giant Chee-to spurs online frenzy Small Iowa town to put it on display)

Algona Chamber

Algona Area Chamber of Commerce
123 E. State
Algona, Iowa 50511
Phone: 515-295-7201

Algona Organizations

Algona Area Chamber of Commerce
123 E. State
Algona, Iowa 50511
Phone: 515-295-7201

Algona Libraries

Algona Public Library
210 N. Phillips
Algona, IA 50511
Phone: 515-295-5476
Fax: 515-295-3307

Algona Schools

Algona Community Schools
200 N. Phillips
Algona, IA 50511
Phone: 515-295-3528
Fax: 515-295-5166

Bishop Garrigan High School
Bishop Garrigan is a Catholic high school in Algona, Iowa. It serves over 200 students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12. Algona


The population of Algona was:
1990 - 6,015
2000 - 5,970

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