Introduction to Norwalk, Iowa

Norwalk, Iowa, in Warren county, is located 9 miles SW of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center) and is 118 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska. The city is included in the Des Moines metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 6,884 people resided in Norwalk.

Norwalk History

In 1846, the first settlers came to the Norwalk area. Samuel Crow, one of the settlers chose a site near the North River. Norwalk city became incorporated in 1900. At the time of incorporation, Norwalk was only one square mile in size. The annexation of the Ray Emery farm on the city’s west, and the Holland farm on the north of the city extended the area of the city.

Norwalk and nearby Attractions

  • Norwalk Aquatic Center
  • Norwalk City Park
  • McDonald Woods Park
  • National Balloon Museum

Things To Do In Norwalk

Visitors staying in Norfolk can be found at the Norwalk Aquatic Center. There are many parks that one can visit as well, which include the Norwalk City Park, Windflower Park, and the McDonald Woods Park. Golf enthusiasts can spend their free hours at the Countryside Golf Course and Legacy Golf Course. Book lovers can also take a look around the Norwalk Easter Public Library. Several houses of worship including the Norwalk Christian Church, Norwalk United Methodist Church, and Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church are located in the city.

Norwalk Transportation

Des Moines International Airport is nearby.

Norwalk Higher Education

Drake University, Des Moines Community College, Iowa State University, and Graceland University - Lamoni are some of the nearest colleges and universities.


Total Population 9,444
Male Share of the Population 50.7%
Female Share of the Population 49.3%
Senior Citizens 9.1%
Employed Population 16+ 5,445
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 60.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34.9%
Median Earnings25+ $45,934
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,089
Median Earnings With High School Degree $36,111


Median Family Income $85,508
% Above Poverty Level 98.7%
% Below Poverty Level 1.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 18.5%
Median Gross Rent $754
Median House Value $154,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.9%
US/American 0%
English 11.9%
Irish 17.6%

Norwalk Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles SW of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 118 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska
County Warren
Metro Area Des Moines
Standard Zip Codes 50211
Phone Area Codes 515
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.475
Longitude -93.678

Norwalk Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 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
Station ANKENY
Distance 17.7 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 19.9 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Churchville (50211)

Lakewood (50211)

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
Cumming 383 $108,750
Des Moines 206,702 $55,177

Norwalk Public Libraries

Norwalk Easter Public Library
Norwalk, Iowa
(515) 981-0217

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Student/teacher ratio: 11.6

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