An Evolving Community

Dysart is a shining example of what a small town can achieve by way of progress and community pride when multiple organizations work together to achieve a common goal. Our little community with big ideas is evolving to realize our dreams for the future and welcome future residents. A few of the success stories include the Norma Anders Public Library, the C.R. Roberts and the Old Creamery Nature Trails, City Park, Aquatic Center and the Historical Museum and Agricultural Center.



Affordable Housing, Exceptional Education, High Quality Day Care, Unique Boutiques, Consumer Services… and more.

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Safe, walkable neighborhoods in a friendly, small town atmosphere. Enjoy hiking or biking our trails, working out in the Gym or a getting a massage. Emergency and healthcare services include: Ambulance/EMT, Physicians, Dentists, Fire Department and a regional hospital with level 4 trauma care within 20 minutes of Dysart.


Parks & Rec, Arts & Culture, Festivals/Events, Biking, Gazebo, Walking Paths, Aquatic Center

Relocation Information & Stats



Information on this page source: 2005-2009 & 2012-2016 American Community Survey and

The Age Distribution of People in 2012-2016

Under 18 20.2
18 to 24 8.2
25 to 44 19.4
45 to 64 28.4
65 and over 23.8



Gently rolling mid-continent fertile / high yield farmlands.

Dysart is located at 42°10′8″N 92°18′29″W (42.168831, -92.308165).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.25 square miles (3.24 km2), all of it land.


Percent by Industry in 2012-2016

Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and mining 2.9
Construction 4.5
Manufacturing 11.5
Wholesale trade 2.1
Retail trade 11.8
Transportation and warehousing, and utilities 7.5
Information 1.6
Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing 4.8
Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services 3.8
Educational services, and health care and social assistance 33.3
Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accomodation, and food services 10.0
Other Services, except public administration 4.1
Public administration 2.1


Corn, soybeans, cattle & hogs anchor agricultural economy.

Larger Payrolls:
Elliott Brothers Truck Line…80
Union School District…55
Dysart Trucking…50
Pioneer Hi-Bred…25
Peterson Trucking…14


Median Earnings for Full-Time Year-Round Workers by Sex in 2012-2016

Male 48,250.0
Female 35,469.0



The Types of Housing Units in 2012-2016

Boat, RV, van, etc 0.0
Mobile homes 3.5
Multi-unit structure 9.9
Single-unit structures 86.6


Median Value Of:

Single family house…$115,400
Median mortgage…$1118
The median monthly for nonmortgaged owners $404, and renters $642.

An estimated 19 percent of owners with mortgages, 7 percent of owners without mortgages, and 28 percent of renters in Dysart, Iowa spent 30 percent or more of household income on housing.

Source: 2012-2016 American Community Survey


ElectricDysart Municipal Utilities
Natural GasAlliant Energy
WaterCity of Dysart
SewerCity of Dysart
PhoneFarmers Coop Telephone
InternetFarmers Coop Telephone
TV CableMediacom
TV CableFarmers Coop Telephone


Union Community School District
Elementary Dysart
Middle School Dysart
High School LaPorte City
Graduation Rate…94.37%
Curriculum Units Taught…67.25
Total Units Required…18.50

Hawkeye Comm College…18 mi
Iowa State Universit…70 mi
Uni of Northern Iowa…25 mi
University of Iowa…52 mi


Covenant Clinic…1 Physician
Volunteer EMS…14 Crew
Sunnycrest Nursing Center…50 Beds


Books & Serial Volumes…12,633
Total Circulation…24,316
Children’s Materials…10,014
Public Internet Terminals…8
Source: National Center for Education Statistics, 2005


Sales Tax: 7%
State Income Tax: 0.36% – 8.98% plus base rate
Source: Iowa Department of Revenue, TY 2017-2018


Security State Bank…$64 Million total deposits
Dysart State Bank…$8.7 Million total deposits
Farmers Savings Bank & Trust
Source: Federal Deposit Ins. Corp., 2008


High School Grad or Higher…94%
Bachelors Degree or Higher…17%
Source: 2012-2016 American Community Survey

Age – Median age is 42. 26% are under 18. 5.8% between 18 and 24. 21.7% between 25 and 44. 25.2% between 45 and 64. 21.4% are 65 and older.

Gender – 48.3% male. 51.7% female.

Race – 97.6% White, 0.5% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 1.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race are 1.5% of the population.

Households – 31.8% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.3% are married couples living together, 9.9% have a female householder with no husband present, 1.7% have a male householder with no wife present, and 30.1% are non-families. 24.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.47 and the average family size is 2.96.


The DDC (Dysart Development Corporation) is a non-profitcommunity development organization open to all citizens and businesses in the community of Dysart and the surrounding area. Its primary objectives are, (a) to improve the quality of life for its residents of all ages, (b) to promote growth and diversification of the local economy through the retention and expansion of existing businesses and industry, (c) to promote the recruitment of new business and industry, and (d) to promote community revitalization by providing assistance and support.

Originally chartered in July of 1988, the DDC has grown its membership to over 200 families and businesses in 2012.

Board members represent the American Legion, Club Dysart, Dysart City Council, Lion’s Club, Union Schools, Rural, Business and two at-large positions. With this diverse perspective, the DDC is able to see a broad picture of the community needs as well as coordinate the larger events.

The board is responsible for setting the organizations budget, balancing it throughout the year and making sure profits are donated back to the community at year’s end. The DDC board also determines what initiatives that they will sponsor in their effort to promote all that Dysart has to offer.


City park, Dysart Family Aquatic Center. C.R. Roberts Memorial Trail. Swimming, fishing, boating, camping at Hickory Hills Park, 5 1/2 miles north of Dysart. 18 hole rolling hills golf course & clubhouse. Museum with a one-room country school. Downtown artist studios and boutique shops.


601 Wilson
Dysart, IA 52224

The Dysart Mayor is Tim Glenn


Dysart had its start in the year 1872 by the building of the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern Railway through that territory. The town takes its name from Joseph Dysart, a farmer and founder of the town.


The Dysart Reporter is the weekly newspaper of Dysart, Iowa. It is published on Fridays and has a circulation of roughly 900. The newspaper has been the definitive source of Dysart area news for 134 years and counting. The paper primarily serves the community of Dysart, but also provides news and sports coverage of neighboring communities in Tama and Benton counties. The small towns of La Porte City and Clutier are included in this coverage area, along with the combined school district of Union.


Vision Dysart is a steering committee sponsored by the Dysart Development Corporation. The mission of Vision Dysart is twofold. One: To identify weaknesses in our community and calculate the needs of current and future residents. Two: To work together, including partnering with other organizations, to initiate and implement inventive new strategies that will contribute to the betterment of Dysart. These strategies are not merely to highlight Dysart as a tourism destination, but also as a great place to live, raise a family, operate a business and engage with the community.

Vision Dysart consists of individuals from businesses, government and the community at large.

Dysart Service Organizations

We’re proud to have these local service businesses in our community!  You can find more organizations when you explore Dysart!