Clarinda is a city in and the county seat of Page County, Iowa, United States. The population was 5,572 in the 2010 census, a decline from the 5,690 population in the 2000 census.
Clarinda was founded in 1851. Many stories are told of such notables as Jesse James frequently passing through. In 1884, the citizens rallied to build the third mental hospital in the state of Iowa. Today, the Clarinda State Hospital is known as the Clarinda Treatment Complex and the hospital is located on the north end of the city. Clarinda also holds a state prison called the Clarinda Correctional Facility.
It is named for Clarinda Buck who according to legend had carried water to the surveyors when Page County was first being surveyed.