About Our Communities

 Information about the Area

The East Buchanan Community School District is located in Buchanan County which lies in northeast Iowa. Strategically positioned between Dubuque on the east, Cedar Rapids on the south, and Waterloo and Cedar Falls on the west, East Buchanan is approximately an hour's drive from a metropolitan area. Dubuque and Waterloo are reached by Highway 20, a limited-access, four lane highway which passes within a mile of Winthrop on the south. The moderate-sized communities of Manchester and Independence also are located within 15 miles of Winthrop on Highway 20.

The city of Winthrop has a population of 767, Quasqueton's population is 597, and Aurora has a population of 194. Because of its location, the district enjoys the advantages of small town and rural living with ready access to the features that metropolitan areas have to offer.

Medical Services

The district enjoys the medical resources of the Winthrop Medical Clinic, plus hospitals in both county seat towns of Manchester and Independence. Regional medical centers are located in Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, Waterloo, and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Churches and Community Organizations

The East Buchanan district includes five churches representing Catholic and Protestant denominations. However, the nearby area includes places of worship for nearly all common faiths and denominations. Virtually all well-known service, social and civic organizations are represented in the area.

Educational Institutions

A host of educational institutions are located within an hour's driving time of the district: Clarke College, Loras College and the University of Dubuque in Dubuque; Coe College, Cornell College, Mt. Mercy College, and Kirkwood Community College in the Cedar Rapids area; Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and Upper Iowa University in Waterloo and Fayette.


The immediate area includes Buffalo Creek Country Club for golf and a variety of spots for camping, hiking, fishing, and boating--notably Backbone State Park, Buffalo Creek Park, Jakway Forest County Park, and the Wapsipinicon River that runs through the district. This area of Iowa is known for its trout streams and hunting opportunities.

Just north and east of the district lies the hill country of northeast Iowa characterized by picturesque farms and villages. Available recreational opportunities abound in the historic Dubuque area along the Mississippi River which features riverboat gambling and a casino/dog track. The Cedar Rapids and Waterloo-Cedar Falls areas offer many athletic and cultural events.

The UNI-Dome an indoor sports facility at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls expands leisure time opportunities. It hosts noted musicians, sports and trade shows, and university athletic events.


The communities lie just off US Highway 20, a major 4 lane highway which runs east-west across Iowa. Air transportation is provided by the Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, and Dubuque airports which are served by all major air carriers. Cedar Rapids provides access to jumbo jet service with scheduled, non-stop flights to many popular locations.