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Overview

Introduction to Grimes, Iowa

Grimes, Iowa, in Polk county, is located 11 miles NW of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center) and 115 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska. Part of the surrounding Des Moines metro area, the city is not an isolated city. Grimes is home to some 5,098 residents.

Grimes History

The present day City of Grimes was founded in 1881 and was officially incorporated on May 7, 1894. The city was named in the honor of James W. Grimes, the 3rd governor of Iowa and a former U.S. senator. It is partly located in Dallas County, which was established in 1846; and partly in Polk County, which was created on January 13, 1846.

Grimes and nearby Attractions

  • Blank Park Zoo
  • Living History Farms
  • Iowa State Capitol
  • Walnut Woods State Park
  • Des Moines Art Center
  • Badger Creek State Recreation Area

Things To Do In Grimes

There are many parks located in Grimes including the Water Works Park, Grimes City Park, and Lions Park. The city also offers a sports park that includes soccer fields, a skate park, and baseball fields. One can also visit the Grimes Public Library during their free hours. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy their leisure at the Longview Golf Center. The Saint Peter Lutheran Church and Grimes Jehovah's Witnesses Congregation are some of the local churches.

Grimes Transportation

Des Moines International Airport is the nearest airport.

Grimes Higher Education

Drake University and Des Moines Community College are close to the city.

People

Total Population 9,037
Male Share of the Population 47.2%
Female Share of the Population 52.8%
Senior Citizens 6.3%
Employed Population 16+ 5,322
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 65.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 49.1%
Median Earnings25+ $44,553
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $8,080
Median Earnings With High School Degree $37,727

Wealth

Median Family Income $96,983
% Above Poverty Level 97.9%
% Below Poverty Level 2.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 24.2%
Median Gross Rent $957
Median House Value $172,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.6%
US/American 0%
English 7.9%
Irish 20.9%

Grimes Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles NW of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 115 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska
County Polk
Metro Area Des Moines
Standard Zip Codes 50111
Phone Area Codes 515
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.688
Longitude -93.79

Grimes Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station ANKENY
Distance 11.7 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 33.3 inches
Station DES MOINES AP
Distance 12.5 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
Station WINTERSET 2 NNW
Distance 25.5 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Grimes, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Herrold (50111)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Clive 16,246 $115,989
Granger 1,408 $88,558
Johnston 18,874 $117,107

Grimes Public Libraries

Library
Grimes Public Library
"200 N. JAMES ST., PO BOX 290"
Grimes, Iowa
(515) 986-3551
Library Web Site

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Grimes High Schools

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DALLAS CENTER-GRIMES COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
3353 240TH STREET
515-986-9747
Serves 401 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

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11500 NW 54TH AVE
515-986-3171
A Non-traditional School
Serves 18 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.6

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