Where is Elkader?
     
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Population: 1,465
     
2000 Census Information

Population within 24 miles (40 km): 24,337

Laborshed: 4,329
     2008 Clayton County Laborshed Analysis

Community Education Levels
     
Grades 9-13 – 47.6%
     
Trade certificates – 5.2%
     
University or College degrees – 19.9%

Airport Access:  Elkader Municipal Airport has a turf runway measuring 1,860 feet.  It is located two miles east of the city. 

Commercial Air Service: Commercial air line service is available at Dubuque Regional Airport, Waterloo Regional Airport and the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids.  Each is approximately a 90-minute drive from Elkader. Charter service and private jet service is available at all three airports and at the Prairie du Chien Airport, 25 miles northeast of Elkader.

Railway Access: Scheduled rail service is 20 miles northeast in McGregor.

Passenger Rail Service: Amtrak service is available at La Crosse, WI, 80 miles north of Elkader.

Bus Service:  Currently, there is no commercial bus service in operation for Elkader or Clayton County. Depots for commercial service are located in West Union, Decorah and Manchester – a trip of 25-42 miles.

Driving Distances From Elkader to . . .            
Minneapolis . . . . . . . . 185 miles
La Crosse . . . . . . . . . . 80 miles
Madison . . . . . . . . . . .125 miles
Milwaukee . . . . . . . . . 215 miles
Waterloo . . . . . . . . . . . 72 miles
Dubuque . . . . . . . . . . . 65 miles
Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . 225 miles
Cedar Rapids . . . . . . . . 70 miles
Quad Cities . . . . . . . . .140 miles
Des Moines . . . . . . . . .180 miles
St. Louis . . . . . . . . . . .375 miles
Kansas City . . . . . . . . 370 miles
  
 
    
 

Major Road Systems
Iowa Highway 13 - 1/4 mile - Business Highway 13 extends from the Cedar Rapids area north to 8 miles west of the Marquette/McGregor area.  Average vehicle count per day ranges from 6000 near Cedar Rapids to 4880 at the High Street/Highway 13 by-pass intersection just north of the Elkader city limits.  The highway has many passing lanes in the hilly stretch of road between Strawberry Point and Elkader.  Some congestion is possible on Highways 13 and 18 in the Elkader and McGregor areas on major holidays during tourist season.

Iowa Highway 56 runs 24 miles south from West Union to Elkader.  Average vehicle count is 870 per day.

U.S. Highway 52 - 9 miles

Multi-lane or Freeway Access is located 35 miles south of Elkader near Manchester at US 20/Interstate 380.

 
         
 
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