Introduction to Indianola, Iowa

Indianola, Iowa, in Warren county, is located 17 miles S of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center) and is 123 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska. The city is conveniently located inside the Des Moines metropolitan area. There are an estimated 12,998 people in Indianola.

Indianola History

Indianola is the county seat of Warren County, which was formed in 1846 and was named after General Joseph Warren. In 1849, Indianola was founded as the county seat. It was named after Indianola, Texas. The economic development of the community largely depended upon the manufacturing of automotive accessories and plastics.

Indianola and nearby Attractions

  • National Balloon Museum
  • Warren County Historical Museum
  • Iowa State Capitol
  • Walnut Woods State Park
  • Lake Ahquabi State Park
  • Des Moines Art Center

Things To Do In Indianola

Tourists can visit the Living History Farms and the Buxton Park Arboretum while staying in the city. The State Historical Society of Iowa is also worth taking a look around. One can also visit the Science Center of Iowa. You can visit the Badger Creek State Recreation Area and the Blank Park Zoo. There are the Deer Run Golf Club and the A.H. Blank Golf Course where golf enthusiasts can enjoy their leisure. The city celebrates the festivals of Log Cabin Days and Warren County Fair every year.

Indianola Transportation

Des Moines International Airport is nearby.

Indianola Higher Education

Higher education facilities are offered by the Drake University, Des Moines Community College, Iowa State University, and Graceland University - Lamoni.


Total Population 15,165
Male Share of the Population 46%
Female Share of the Population 54%
Senior Citizens 15.7%
Employed Population 16+ 7,654
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 43.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $66,979
% Above Poverty Level 86.7%
% Below Poverty Level 13.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 7.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.1%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 29.9%
Median Gross Rent $711
Median House Value $148,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.5%
US/American 0%
English 11%
Irish 12.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Indianola Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 17 miles S of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 123 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska
County Warren
Metro Area Des Moines
Standard Zip Codes 50125
Phone Area Codes 515
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.358
Longitude -93.557

Indianola Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 0.7 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 64 F
Annual Precip 34.6 inches
Distance 13.4 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 24.6 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36.4 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Cool (50125)

Medora (50125)

Summerset (50125)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Carlisle 4,120 $74,375
Hartford 847 $61,094

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Indianola Public Libraries

Indianola Public Library
Indianola, Iowa
(515) 961-9418

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Indianola High Schools

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1304 E 1ST
Serves 993 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

1301 E 2ND AVE
A Non-traditional School
Serves 42 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.5

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