Welcome to Stratford

A Poetic Welcome Home!


A thriving hamlet, Stratford, Iowa is waiting to welcome you. From the Shops on Shakespeare comes the ease of living with all the daily amenities. Groceries, medical and entertainment just a walk, bike ride or short drive from home. Imagine living in a community where quality of life is not taken for granted. Where the range of career choices meet your personal and financial goals. And at the end of the day, your commute to where you live and play, where you enjoy a better way of life, is a peaceful drive down a rural highway. Relocation is made easy with housing choices that fit your family’s needs in friendly, safe neighborhoods. A poetic welcome to America’s Heartland, welcome to Stratford, Iowa.

Are you ready to relocate to a community where streets are safe, you know your neighbor and the housing options are truly affordable? A rural Iowa town featuring a choice in classic older homes, newer homes or apartment style living. Where the move to a simpler way of life is made easy. Low property taxes, a low crime rate and an overall lower cost of living. Welcome to Stratford, truly the place “to be.” Let’s take a look!  Hamilton County MLSCentral Iowa MLS

Work Here

Located in the southwest corner of Hamilton County, Stratford allows for an easy commute to work with many large and varied employment opportunities. Employers are hiring with job openings in a wide range of careers and income levels. Advanced manufacturing to aquaculture, wind energy to agribusiness, imagine yourself in an environment where employers value and encourage your success.  Full and part time positions are ready and waiting. Find a job, advance your career!  Search now!

Education & Healthcare

Stratford Elementary School serves  preschool through 6th grade with smaller class sizes, multi-age classes and team teaching. Quality education for all students is reflected in their dedication to creating 21st Century Learners.  The Stratford Early Learning Center is located right next to the school (515-838-2204). Students in  7th through 12th attend public schools at Webster City Community Schools. Post-secondary classes at the Webster City Campus of Iowa Central Community College offer continuing education for high school students as well as adult education options. Higher learning opportunities also exists a short drive from Stratford at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

State-of-the-art healthcare is provided to Hamilton County residents through Van Diest Medical Center.

Things To Do

From the Annual Bluegrass Festival hosting musicians from around the country, to a night out at the local winery, Stratford residents are never short on things to do! The quaint downtown offers places to eat, shop and even exercise. Children enjoy a local swimming pool, parks and library. A wide range of outdoor adventures, including many Hamilton County Parks, provide fun places and activities for kids and adults alike. If water sports are your thing, there’s canoeing, kayaking, and boating on area rivers and lakes. Handy with a rod and reel, fishing is close at hand. In the summer months you can find golfing at Briggs Woods Golf Course. Or if walking, biking or running interest you, Stratford and surrounding areas have you covered. Fortunate to celebrate all four seasons, winter activities include cross country skiing and ice fishing. Discover your fun – close to home!

Do Business Here

An area ready for business, Stratford’s Midwest location on Hwy 175 connecting it to Hwy 17, 4-lane Hwy. 20 and Interstate 35 make for real opportunity.  Stratford’s focus is evident in its business development and growth plans.  Surrounded by businesses and communities experiencing business growth in the areas of advanced manufacturing and agribusinesses, and forward thinking industries including wind energy and aquaculture, entrepreneurs are seizing the opportunity to expand or start businesses. Picture your future here, providing a need for an existing industry. How about a business inspired and successful as result of a growing economy? Add to that the availability of local and state incentives, a skilled workforce, job training, broadband internet, and shovel ready properties and you’ve found the formula for success in the heartland. From small to expanding, business opportunity starts here!


Contact Info

City of Stratford
805 Shakespeare Ave
Stratford, IA  50249


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