Relocation Information


Welcome to the Decorah area!

Decorah offers a well-rounded environment for families and individuals, including an excellent school system, outstanding health care, phenomenal outdoor activities, arts and culture for all tastes and styles, active religious congregations and local groups and clubs.  Luther College, a private liberal-arts college brings Decorah an outstanding reputation for learning and enrichment, and offers a host of cultural activities to the community. The Decorah area is a leader in sustainability and local movements, and is a thriving town due to the varied industry and small businesses that provide its unique charm.


Watch these community videos to find out more about your move to Winneshiek County!


From stately Victorian homes to convenient condominiums to custom construction, the Decorah real estate market has something to fit everyone's style and price range. Many home choices can be found or built within walking distance of downtown amenities, schools, and businesses.


Decorah's K-12 public school system is consistently one of the best performing in Iowa - academically and in extracurricular activities.  Recent information from Decorah High School included the following testing statistics:


*Graduation rate - 98.17%

*ACT average score - 22.5 with 109 students tested.  72% of the graduating class of 2006 took the ACT's. Iowa's ACT average for the same year was 22.1 while the national average was 20.9.

Area Schools and Educational Facilities


Local Health Care


 Decorah's health care system provides quality care throughout the area.  It includes major medical clinical centers, Winneshiek Medical Center, numerous chiropractic and dental clinics, as well as rehabilitation and alternative medicine options

Local Health Care

Local Government

Decorah City Hall is located at 400 Claiborne Drive and can be reached by calling 563-382-3651.The vision for the City of Decorah states: To provide, in partnership with the community, an outstanding City in which to live, work, play and visit. To Provide quality service in an efficient, effective manner. To improve the livability of our community through personal dedication, integrity, accountability, innovation and sensitivity. To ensure an even better community for future generations. 

City of Decorah Administration
City of Decrah Mayor and City Council 


The Winneshiek County Courthouse is located at 201 West Main Street, Decorah.The Board of Supervisors consists of five members, serving four years each on a staggered calendar. The Board of Supervisors is the policy-making body of the county. It's duties include planning construction and maintenance of the secondary road system; levying taxes to raise the revenues for county purposes; appointing members to various county boards and commissions; and receiving the reports of county officials. You'll find more legislative information by visiting the Legislative Page.

Fire Department: 563-382-3472
Police Department: 563-382-3667
Sheriffs Department: 563-382-4268

Voter Registration

Register at the County Auditor's Office, located on the second floor of the Winneshiek County Courthouse, is required at least ten days prior to the election.For additional information call 563-382-5085

Car Registration and Driver's License
Vehicle registration and applications for driving privileges are available at the Treasurer's Office located on the second floor of the Winneshiek County Courthouse.For additional information call 563-382-3753.

Social Security Office
317 Washington Street
Suite #1
Decorah, Iowa 52101
Phone 1-800-772-1213


Catch Some Local News!

One of the best ways to get to know a potentail new community is to tap into local news sources.Here is one link to get you connected!

Decorah Area Utilities

Alliant Energy, Decorah
Phone 1-800-255-4268

REC, most rural addresses
Phone 563-547-3801

Water Deparment - City of Decorah
Phone 563-382-5171

Winneshiek County Recycling
2510 172nd Ave, Decorah
Phone 563-382-6514

Telephone Service (land lines / Internet)
Iowa Telecom
Residential: (877)901-4692
Business: (877)902-4692

Mediacom: (608) 239-1675

Century Link

Windstream Communications 

Black Hills Energy

Garbage Collection
Malcom Enterprises

Local Military Information

The Decorah area is proud to be home to veterans both serving and retired. Many resources are available throughout the community to those with connections to the military.

Army Reserve Center
404 West Heivly 
Decorah, Iowa 52101
Phone 563-382-9684

Veteran's Affairs
201 West Main Street
Decorah, Iowa 52101
Phone 563-382-5786


Other Helpful Information

There are many needs you may have to help you settle into a new community. Check out the Business Directory to search for specific businesses or services. Feel free to contact the DACC with any questions you may have.