Introduction to Clive, Iowa

Clive, Iowa, in Polk county, is located 6 miles W of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center) and 117 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska. The people of the city are in the Des Moines metropolitan area. Clive has a population of 12,855.

Clive History

Clive was platted in 1882 and was incorporated as a city on August 18, 1956. The city was named in honor of Robert Clive, the first Baron Clive. It was initially a coal mining town as well as a railroad shipping point. The city was originally served by the St. Louis - Des Moines Northern Railway. Post incorporation, Clive has grown both in population and land area.

Clive and nearby Attractions

  • Walnut Ridge Park
  • Lookout Paintball
  • Des Moines Art Center
  • Badger Creek State Recreation Area

Things To Do In Clive

Clive City includes a number of open spaces and parks including Huntington Ridge Park, Walnut Ridge Park, and the Campbell Recreation Area. Tourists can also visit the Clive Public Library and Central Iowa Regional Library. The city also has many houses of worship. Some of these include the Christian Life Worship Center, Heartland Presbyterian Church, Faith Lutheran Church, and Shepherds of the Valley Church. The Blank Park Zoo is also nearby.

Clive Transportation

International flights can be availed from Des Moines International Airport.

Clive Higher Education

Drake University, Des Moines Community College, Iowa State University, and many other colleges and universities offer facilities for higher studies.


Total Population 16,246
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 11.5%
Employed Population 16+ 8,989
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 61.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 53.7%
Median Earnings25+ $52,259
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,143
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,563


Median Family Income $115,989
% Above Poverty Level 97.6%
% Below Poverty Level 2.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 4.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 20.6%
Median Gross Rent $817
Median House Value $229,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.7%
US/American 0%
English 9.9%
Irish 12.6%

Clive Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles W of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 117 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska
County Polk
Metro Area Des Moines
Standard Zip Codes 50325
Phone Area Codes 515
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.603
Longitude -93.723

Clive Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 5.7 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 29 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 66 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches
Distance 22.9 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 29 F
Apr Temp 37 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 34.3 inches
Station NEWTON
Distance 36.5 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 29 F
Apr Temp 37 to 62 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 34.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Des Moines 206,702 $55,177
Grimes 9,037 $96,983
Johnston 18,874 $117,107

Clive Public Libraries

Clive Public Library
1900 NW 114TH ST.
Clive, Iowa
(515) 223-6220

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