Introduction to Johnston, Iowa

Johnston, Iowa, in Polk county, is located 6 miles NW of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center) and is 119 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska. The city is part of the Des Moines metropolitan statistical area (MSA). Approximately 8,649 people live in Johnston.

Johnston History

Johnston was founded as Johnston Station in 1905. It was a station between Des Moines and Perry. The place was named after John F. Johnston who was a freight supervisor in the railways. Johnston was incorporated on September 18, 1969.

Johnston and nearby Attractions

  • Living History Farms
  • Des Moines Art Center
  • Science Center of Iowa
  • State Historical Society of Iowa
  • Iowa State Capitol
  • Big Creek State Park

Things To Do In Johnston

The Des Moines Art Center has a huge collections of contemporary art. The State Historical Society of Iowa provides an insight into the local history and the Iowa Gold Star Museum exhibits the military experiences of the people of Iowa. Tourists can also visit the Badger Creek State Recreation Area and the Walnut Woods State Park. There are many churches in the city. The city of Johnston also celebrates the festival of Green Days which is usually held in the month of June every year.

Johnston Transportation

Air transportation is available from Des Moines International Airport.

Johnston Higher Education

Higher educational facilities are offered by the Drake University, Des Moines Community College, Iowa State University, and the Iowa Central Community College.


Total Population 19,550
Male Share of the Population 46.5%
Female Share of the Population 53.5%
Senior Citizens 11.5%
Employed Population 16+ 10,400
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 62%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 59.6%
Median Earnings25+ $61,818
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,369
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,247


Median Family Income $118,138
% Above Poverty Level 95.3%
% Below Poverty Level 4.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 5.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.3%
% Using Public Transportation 1%


People Living Alone 23.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,043
Median House Value $237,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.4%
US/American 0%
English 10.5%
Irish 13%

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

Johnston Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles NW of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 119 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska
County Polk
Metro Area Des Moines
Standard Zip Codes 50131
Phone Area Codes 515
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.673
Longitude -93.697

Johnston 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 7.4 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 9.8 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 27.4 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, Johnston, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Camp Dodge (50131)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ankeny 51,489 $90,909
Clive 16,634 $113,935
Grimes 9,509 $97,167

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

Johnston Public Libraries

Johnston Public Library
"6700 MERLE HAY RD, PO BOX 327."
Johnston, Iowa
(515) 278-5233
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Johnston High Schools

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6501 NW 62ND AVE.
Serves 1,275 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.6

A Non-traditional School
Serves 34 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.8

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