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Urbandale, Iowa

  •   State: 
    Polk County
      County FIPS: 
    41°38′11″N 93°44′10″W
      Area total: 
    22.55 sq mi (58.41 km²)
      Area land: 
    22.53 sq mi (58.35 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.02 sq mi (0.06 km²)
    981 ft (299 m)
    Incorporated April 16, 1917
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Urbandale, Polk County, Iowa, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    2,023.26 residents per square mile of area (781.19/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Urbandale is a city in Polk and Dallas counties, Iowa, United States. As of the 2020 U.S. Census, the city population was 45,580. It is part of the Des Moines-West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area. In its early days, Urbandale served as a streetcar suburb of Des Moines with four coal mines. The coal mines had closed by the end of the 1940s while streetcar service ended in 1951. The city gained national attention after President Barack Obama held a reelection campaign rally at Living History Farms in 2012. In the 2010 United States Census there were 39,463 people, 15,596 households, and 10,815 families living in the city. In 2000 it had 29,072 people, and there were 11,404 people in the 2000 United States census. In 2010 the city had a total area of 21.94 square miles (56.82 km²), of which 21.92 square miles of land and 0.02 sq miles (0.05 km²) of water. The median income for a household in theCity was $59,744, and the median income. for a family was $70,548. In 2012, the average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.04. The gender makeup of the city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female. The average age in the City was 37.8 years, with 26.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.9% were from 25 to 44; and 11.8% were 65 or older.


Urbandale is the primary city name, but also Des Moines are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is Urbandale, Iowa. Urbandale was incorporated as a city on April 16, 1917. In its early days, Urbandale served as a streetcar suburb of Des Moines with four coal mines. In 2000, the city had a population of 29,072. In 2012, President Barack Obama held a reelection campaign rally at Living History Farms in the city's west. The city's developed area is in Polk County, but it has expanded westward into Dallas County in recent years. It is located in the heart of Iowa's Des Moines metropolitan area, near the Iowa-Illinois state line and the U.S. Turnpike. In 1950, the population of the city was 1,777; by 1970, it was 14,434; and in 2000, it had 29,000. It was the site of the first U.N. peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan in 1979. It has been home to the National Museum of American History since 1984. It also is the home of the Iowa State Museum, which was established in 1883. The museum is located on the former site of a former coal mine in the town of Woodward, Iowa. In the early 1900s, the town was known as the "Coal City" because of the number of coal mines in the area. The town's population was 298 in 1920; by 1950, its population was 1, 777; and by 2000 it was 29,722. In 2010, it has had a growth rate of more than 20 percent, and in 2011 it had a total population of 28,816.


Urbandale is located in the northwest part of the Des Moines Metro Area at the intersections of Interstates 35 and 80, and Iowa Highway 141. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.94 square miles (56.82 km²) of which 21.92 square miles is land and 0.02 sq miles (0.05 km²), is water. Urbandale has a population of 2,816. The city is home to the University of Iowa, where the football team is known as the Iowa Cornhuskers. The university has a mascot, the Cornhusker, which was named after the city's founder. The football team also has a baseball team, the Iowa City Bulls, who play in the National Football League. The team's mascot is also known as "The Cornhusk", after the town's nickname of "Cornhusker City" The city's football team has a team of the same name, which is called the "Iowa City Bulls". The team also plays in the NFL's Iowa City Red Sox, who have a team named "The Red Sox" for the team's home field. The Red Sox also have a football team called the Red Sox Unlimited, which has a home field of its own, the "Red Sox Memorial Stadium" The team was founded in 1903. It is located on the banks of the Iowa River, near the intersection of I-35 and I-80. The U.S. Highway 141 border runs through the city, and the Iowa State Highway 141 connects the city to Iowa City.


As of the 2010 U.S. Census there were 39,463 people, 15,596 households, and 10,815 families living in the city. The median income for a household was $59,744, and the median family income was $70,548 as of a 2007 estimate. The racial makeup of the city was 91.1% White, 2.8% African American, 1.73% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.60% of the population. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.04. The city has a population density of 1,800.3 inhabitants per square mile (695.1/km²), with 16,319 housing units at an average density of 744.5 per squaremile (287.5/ km²) The city's median age was 37.8 years, with 26.3% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 31.3%. For every 100 females, there were 93.4 males. For every females age 18 and over there were 89.0 males. The gender makeup ofThe city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female. The population density was 1,404.9 inhabitants persquare mile (542.4/km 2). There were 11,869 housing Units at anAverage density of 573.6 per square miles (221.5 /km²).


The Urban Loop is a development area in the north/central portion of Urbandale. It is recognized for the easily accessible network of traffic routes. The Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), which oversees operations for its multi-state games is located in the Urban Loop. According to the 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are: The University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The Urban Loop was officially named in the fall of 2017. The name Rider Corner was used locally to define the ninety-degree bend in the 35/80 interstate system that runs through the city. Some local media outlets have not discontinued use of the name Rider corner. The city is primarily a residential city, but other development has increased in recent years. This 12-mile stretch of I-35/I-80 has multiple access points to Urband Dale. The top employers are: the University Of Iowa, the Universityof Missouri- St. Louis, and Iowa State College of Medicine. The number of jobs created in the last year is estimated to be over 1,000. The average household income is $54,000, according to the city's 2017 Comprehensive annual financial report. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the city has a population of 1,788. The unemployment rate is 2.7%. The city has an unemployment rate of 1.9%. The average income is approximately $50,000; the city is located near the state line with Iowa.

Parks and recreation

Urbandale features 850 acres (3.4 km²) of parks and 33 miles (53 km) of recreational trails that connect to other trails in the Des Moines area. Urbandale is the home of Living History Farms, where Pope John Paul II spoke to a crowd estimated at 350,000 on October 4, 1979. The Buccaneer Arena, home to the Des Iowa Buccaneers hockey team, is also located in the city. The city is located on the Iowa Turnpike, which runs from Iowa City to Iowa City and the Iowa River, which flows through the city to the Iowa City suburb of Des Moines. It is also on the U.S. Interstate Highway System, which connects Iowa to Iowa and Iowa. The town is home to a number of colleges and universities, including Iowa State University, Iowa City College, and the University of Iowa.


Urbandale uses the council-manager form of government. The city council consists of the mayor and five council members, all of which are elected to four-year terms. Urbandale has a population of 2,000. It is located in the north-east of the city, on the edge of the M6 motorway. It has a small population of 1,000, with the majority of its residents living in the town centre. The mayor is elected to a four year term, while the council members are elected for four year terms. The council is made up of five members; the mayor is the head of the council, and the five members are all elected to three-year term terms. For confidential support call the Samaritans in the UK on 08457 90 90 90, visit a local Samaritans branch or see for details. In the U.S. call the National Suicide Prevention Line on 1-800-273-8255 or visit


Urbandale Community School District consists of six elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. Des Moines Christian School is in Urbandale. St. Pius X Catholic School of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines opened in 1956. The area Catholic high school is Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines. It opened with an initial 120 students in September 1956. It is one of the largest Catholic high schools in the U.S., with more than 2,000 students. It was one story tall and had eight classrooms, but an additional eight classrooms were added after construction began on another section on May 1, 1962. That section had two stories. The school was one of four built in the 1950s. It has since been expanded to six stories and has more than 1,000 classrooms. The high school was built in 1962 and has a capacity of 1,500 students. The district also has a middle school and elementary school. It also includes a middle and elementary high school, as well as a junior high and a middle/high school. The community is home to the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Iowa City and Iowa Lutheran University. The city also has the Iowa State Medical Center, which opened in the 1970s. The town has a number of churches, including St. Peter's and St. Paul's. The church is a part of the Des Moines Diocese, which has a mission to serve the needs of the Hispanic community. The village has a population of 3,000.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Urbandale, Dallas County, Iowa = 65.4. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 60. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 32. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Urbandale = 4 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 2,833 individuals with a median age of 38.1 age the population grows by 40.41% in Urbandale, Dallas County, Iowa population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 2,023.26 residents per square mile of area (781.19/km²). There are average 2.49 people per household in the 16,241 households with an average household income of $70,238 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is of the available work force and has dropped -0.40% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 34.90%. The number of physicians in Urbandale per 100,000 population = 279.3.


The annual rainfall in Urbandale = 30.1 inches and the annual snowfall = 31 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 100. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 205. 86 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 11.9 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 43, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Urbandale, Dallas County, Iowa which are owned by the occupant = 75.39%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 19 years with median home cost = $199,880 and home appreciation of -4.87%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $16.13 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,442 per student. There are 14.4 students for each teacher in the school, 292 students for each Librarian and 369 students for each Counselor. 8.65% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 31.26% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 12.91% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Urbandale's population in Polk County, Iowa of 3,043 residents in 1930 has dropped 0,93-fold to 2,833 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.42% female residents and 48.58% male residents live in Urbandale, Dallas County, Iowa.

    As of 2020 in Urbandale, Dallas County, Iowa are married and the remaining 32.85% are single population.

  • 20.6 minutes is the average time that residents in Urbandale require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    85.09% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 7.99% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.83% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 4.43% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Urbandale, Dallas County, Iowa, 75.39% are owner-occupied homes, another 19.58% are rented apartments, and the remaining 5.02% are vacant.

  • The 46.12% of the population in Urbandale, Dallas County, Iowa who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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