Welcome to Our Community

Melbourne is an incorporated place (Class Code, P1) located in Marshall County at latitude 41.941 and longitude – 93.103.  The elevation is 1043 feet, Melbourne appears on the Melbourne U. S. Geological Survey Map.  Marshall County is in the Central time zone (GMT-6).  Melbourne has a population of 830 with 348 housing units; a land area of .57 sq. mile

We are known as a charming bedroom community that has many enjoyable conveniences within the city.  Melbourne has several local businesses that have been here for over 50 years.  Our citizens are very proud of our heritage and of our future.  Our future is what we make happen and we want to go forward with excellence.

We have a yearly city celebration which we call "Mousehole Days".  This event brings our community and surrounding communities into our city for everyone to enjoy the pleasure of a small town celebration. 

We are located 18 miles from Marshalltown just off Hwy 330.  We are 45 minutes from Ames, 45 minutes from Ankeny and 60 minutes from Des Moines, 45 minutes from Altoona,  30 minutes from Newton.  We are centralized enough so you could commute to any job that you may have.  Please feel free to come to Melbourne and visit.

For more information about our city please feel free to contact our City Hall at 641-482-3338 or contact us.



                                2018 Water Quality Report for the City of Melbourne

The 2018 Water Quality Report for the City of Melbourne is available upon request at city hall, 111 1st Street, Melbourne, IA, 50162 and is available here. Copies will not be sent to individual homes.

CCR 2018  (pg. 1)

CCR 2018  (pg. 2)


Have you ever seen a police car, fire engine or ambulance hurry down your street only to slow down nearby? Your heart starts pounding as thoughts fill your head "did I shut off the stove?" Every day emergency officials scan house numbers as they drive down the street trying to figure where an emergency is located. It's easy to tell where the emergency is when your house is totally engulfed in flames as smoke billows high above the city. More realistic is the need for police assistance or medical assistance. If your house is not properly numbered, delays happen. Responders have to start piecing close addresses together to find the correct location.

Addressing is so important it is actually in the International Fire Code adopted by the State of Iowa. Numbers should be placed near your street side front door or on the front of the home. Fire codes for commercial properties and apartment buildings with three or more dwelling units require the numbers to be 4 inches tall and 1/2 inch in width of contrasting color.

When you call 911, having a properly numbered home can make all the difference in the response.



                                       SIGN UP FOR THE ALERT IOWA SYSTEM NOTIFICATION

Now is the time for citizens of Marshall County to sign up and get alerts on their cell and/or home phones and e-mail.  At first, it will be the general programmed weather and civil alerts (similar to what you would get on a NOAA Weather Radio) and eventually we will be adding alerts that can come from Emergency Management and Law Enforcement. Messages can be issued via landline or wireless phone, text messaging, e-mail, FAX, TDD/TTY, and social media.

Please go to this link and sign yourself and your family up.  Each person will need to fill out their own page and submit it.  Please share this with anyone and everyone in the county that you can.