Living in Madrid


  • Located in Central Iowa approximately 25 miles northwest of Des Moines and 20 miles southwest of Ames.  17 miles southeast of the county seat of Boone.


  • 2,418 (2000 census)

City Government:

  • Mayor / Council formation
  • Involved in paving projects, improved sewer system and approved tax abatement


  • June 9, 1883

Brief History:

  • Originally known as Swede Point and first settled in 1846
  • The oldest continuously inhabited Swedish settlement west of the Mississippi River
  • Re-named Madrid in 1882
  • Officially incorporated in 1883
  • A major portion of Madrid’s heritage grows out of the coal mining era of 1910-1945
  • Later with the closing of the mines, many Madrid area residents sought employment in the manufacturing plants of Des Moines and Ankeny
  • Today, Madrid is growing, with new businesses coming to town, increasing local services and shopping options

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