Founding date/year: 1871
Population: 11,356 (2020 Census)
Famous Alumni: Vicki Myron, bestselling author of Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World; Alumni Lt. Gen. Michelle D Johnson of the Air Force, former senior vice president and head of referee operations for the National Basketball Association
Claim to fame: Spencer Fire - On June 27, 1931 a fire started in a downtown business that ultimately destroyed 80 businesses, caused $2 million in damage and led to Iowa and other states banning fireworks.
Bulldog Foot Feed - One of the early foot pedals/ gas pedals was made here in Spencer by Walter Thomas called the Bulldog Foot Feed.
Clay County Fair - Born out of a series of homestead era fairs, agricultural society expositions, a state high-wheel-bicycle meet, a trotting association and community barbecues and picnics, the fair made its debut in the modern era in 1917. The fair now, starts mid-September annually, attracts more than 300,000 visitors.
Spencer was first settled in 1866. The city was named in the honor of U.S. Senator George E. Spencer. In 1871, the city became the county seat of Clay County, which was organized in 1858. Spencer is considered to be a hub of Northwest Iowa, with the largest population in Clay County and a retail pull of over 70,000 people.