Grimes, Iowa

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Grimes, Iowa

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.

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High Points

Grimes strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Iowa):

Category Trophy
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 2% trophy Grimes People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Grimes Well-Paid Single Women
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 5% trophy Grimes College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 6% Grimes Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 8% Grimes Well-Paid Single Men
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 8% Grimes Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Grimes, Iowa

Comparing Grimes to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Iowa (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 7 10
Well-Paid Single Men 7 10
Male Share of the Population 7 7
Female Share of the Population 4 4
Racial Diversity 2 8
Age of the Population 2 1
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 9
Average Household Size 8 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 9 10
People Above Poverty 9 10
College Educated Adults 8 10
Median Family Income 8 10

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Short Commute Times 7 5
Walking and Biking to Work 4 6
Public Transportation Use 2 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Affordability of Rents 6 1
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 1
People Living Alone 3 1

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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

  • 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
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
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
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Grimes Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,098 100%
Male 2,479 48.6%
Female 2,619 51.4%
Under 18 1,665 32.7%
18+ 3,433 67.3%
65+ 280 5.5%
Median Age 30.7
Average Family Size 3.13
White 4,955 97.2%
African-American 17 0.3%
Asian 45 0.9%
American Indian & Alaskan 11 0.2%
Other 14 0.3%
Mixed Race 56 1.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 55 1.1%

Estimated Grimes Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 6,037
Growth 939
Growth % 18.4%

Grimes Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 39.7%
US/American 9.4%
English 7.7%
Irish 7.7%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 5.2%
European 4.6%
Norwegian 4.4%
Dutch 4.4%
Swedish 3.8%
Danish 2.8%
Italian 2.1%
French (except Basque) 2%
Czech 1.1%
Scotch-Irish 1%
Guyanese 0.7%
French Canadian 0.6%
Welsh 0.3%
Northern European 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
Portuguese 0.2%
Scottish 0.2%
Eastern European 0.2%
Polish 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Pennsylvania German 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
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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 Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Grimes 5,098 $60,847
Clive 12,855 $90,863
Granger 583 $47,750
Johnston 8,649 $97,322
Polk City 2,344 $64,688
Urbandale 29,072 $70,548
Waukee 5,126 $64,362

Grimes Public Libraries

Grimes Public Library
"200 N. JAMES ST., PO BOX 290"
Grimes, Iowa
(515) 986-3551
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Serves 401 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

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Serves 18 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.6

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