Clarence Sign

Clarence is a close knit community with U.S. Highway 30 as its Main Street. The Union Pacific Railroad runs parallel to the small town at its north city limit.  Clarence is a short commute from Davenport at 50 minutes; Cedar Rapids is 35 minutes, and Iowa City, only 45 minutes. The Eastern Iowa Airport is just 40 minutes from Clarence. There you will find a variety of non-stop flights to places throughout the United States.

Clarence Area Economic Development Group owns 12 acres, available for sale, within the Clarence Industrial Park.   The site is located along U.S. Route 30 that is traveled by 3,200 cars daily.

Not only is Clarence home to over 50 businesses but it also has a Frisbee golf course, walking path, soccer, baseball, and softball fields at the local park.


Clarence is part of a four town school district known as North Cedar Community School District.  The Junior/Senior High School, located in Clarence, has a newer gym where most of the indoor sporting events for the school district take place.

Small in population with 974 people but big at heart.

Percentage of Population by Age:

  • 25.1% (244 people) - Seniors (65+)
  • 24.2% (236 people) - Boomers (45-65)
  • 18.5% (180 people) - Adults (30-44)
  • 8.5% (83 people) - Young Adults (20-29)
  • 23.7% (231 people) - Children (19 and under)

Median Age Population by Gender:

  • Male - 43.6
  • Female - 46.1

Median household income is $36,042. Of the 418 households, 252 are families (60.3%). The percentage of population in owner occupied units is 76.4%; which is not only higher than the state of Iowa at 72.8% but also higher than the United States, at 65.2%.

The community was originally called "Onion Grove" because of the widespread growth of wild onions along the banks of Mill Creek. The village was moved in order to be close to the railroad line and the name was changed to "Clarence" on the suggestion of Clarence, New York native L.B.Gere.

The Clarence Community Foundation is a tax-exempt organizaiton that has dontaed more than $17,000 to community projects the past five yers.   Organizations that have benefitted from this are the fire department, ambulance association, and the City Park.  They have pledged $5,000 to the new library as soon as the construction starts.  Anyone interested in more information can contact Jerry Goldsmith (Chairman) at or (563)452-3405.

For more information about the community, please utilize the following links:

City of Clarence
North Cedar Community School District

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