The residential community of Ottumwa is not the typical suburban sprawl. Homes range in style,
from historic dwellings in varied architectural designs (such as Italianate, Queen Anne, Tudor, Neoclassical, and Craftsman) to newer home developments, single-family homes, and apartment complexes. Housing costs are low and Ottumwa’s cost of living ranks 10 percent below the national average.
Ample green space and tree-lined streets make for attractive neighborhoods, perfect for families and those looking for a comfortable and welcoming environment in which to settle down. Nearby parks provide plenty of recreational outlets, and this perfectly sized city has an outstanding array of shopping, dining, and entertainment venues.