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Orange City

Thanks to its Dutch heritage, Orange City has been called one of the cleanest towns in America. With a population of nearly 6,000, it’s also one of the safest, and its size provides easy access to the town’s 5-screen movie theater, 18-hole golf course, and restaurants ranging from coffeehouse hangouts and artisan bakeries to sports bars and fast-food chains.

An attractive community

For Northwestern’s faculty and staff, Orange City is a great place to live and raise a family. For students, the town's friendly and welcoming residents make it feel like home-away-from-home. Orange City is ranked 5th among the nation's top 10 Christian college towns by It has also been named the best town in Iowa in which to raise a family, the happiest city in the state, the fourth-most livable small town in America, one of the  100 Best Small Towns in the U.S. and the safest city in Iowa

The community offers residents:

  • Excellent public and private elementary and high schools
  • The Orange City Area Health System, with a new hospital built in 2006
  • The Orange City Area Daycare and Preschool, in a new facility opened in 2008
  • Numerous fitness centers
  • A swimming pool with water slide

City trip

An hour’s drive will take you to Sioux City, Iowa, or Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where you’ll find shopping malls, museums, professional sports, and many more restaurants and theaters. Also within a half-day’s drive: Omaha, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota; and Kansas City, Missouri.

Our region may not overwhelm you with urban attractions, but our students don’t seem to mind. They say it makes them better students, and they take a lot of pride in creating their own homemade (and inexpensive) fun.