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At a Glance

Rich in history and heavy on charm, North Iowa epitomizes Midwest living. As the largest city in the region, Mason City benefits from its “crossroads” location – almost equidistant from Minneapolis and Des Moines, and convenient to Interstate 35 and Interstate 90. The community serves as the cultural, entertainment, and economic center for the nine-county region.


A commitment to community well-being, a rich musical heritage, four seasons of fun, and world-class architecture combine to make North Iowa a great place to live.


Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa is the county’s largest employer, but Fortune 500 companies such as Kraft Heinz, Cargill, Principal Financial Group, and Smithfield are also well established as employers of choice. Metalcraft, Kingland Systems, and Huber Supply Co. are local firms with a global impact. Lehigh Cement operations are a reminder of Mason City’s roots in the cement and brick & tile industry.

Our economy is well balanced, and the median household income surpasses $45,000. The county’s retail and trade sector serves a nine-county region. Businesses enjoy the transportation advantages of our location at the intersection of major interstate highways and access to a regional airport. Our local colleges and technical training institutions help North Iowa maintain a highly-skilled and educated workforce.

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