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Overview

Introduction to Perry, Iowa

Perry, Iowa is located 28 miles SW of Ames, Iowa (center to center) and is 102 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska. It is in Dallas county, and the city is part of the Des Moines metro area. The population of Perry is 7,633.

Perry History

The city was organized in 1869. Harvey Williams, who was an adventurer, convinced the railroad surveyors to place the rail tracks on his land, which is now a part of Perry. Initially Perry was a major railroad junction. The city was named in the honor of Col. C.H. Perry, a railroad official.

Perry and nearby Attractions

  • Perry Mall
  • Perkins Park
  • Guthrie County Historical Village
  • Springbrook State Park

Things To Do In Perry

Residents of Perry can visit parks including the Caboose Park, Perkins Park, and Wiese Park. The Perry Mall is an ideal place to enjoy your shopping. One can also visit churches including First Christian Church, and the Saint Patricks Catholic Church. Guthrie County Historical Village is one of the "must see" destinations.

Perry Transportation

Des Moine International Airport is the nearest airport.

Perry Higher Education

There are several higher education institutes that can be attended in the city including the Drake University, Des Moines Community College, Iowa State University, and Iowa Central Community College.

People

Total Population 8,086
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 13.8%
Employed Population 16+ 3,866
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 48.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.6%
Median Earnings25+ $26,932
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,016
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,415

Wealth

Median Family Income $55,119
% Above Poverty Level 86.2%
% Below Poverty Level 13.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 26%
Median Gross Rent $711
Median House Value $89,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 41.8%
US/American 0%
English 5.6%
Irish 9.1%

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

Perry Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 28 miles SW of Ames, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 102 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska
County Dallas
Metro Area Des Moines
Standard Zip Codes 50220
Phone Area Codes 515
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.838
Longitude -94.106

Perry 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 PERRY
Distance 0.6 miles
Jan Temp 8 to 28 F
Apr Temp 36 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 31.9 inches
Station BOONE
Distance 18.6 miles
Jan Temp 7 to 28 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 39 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36.3 inches
Station ANKENY
Distance 29.1 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bouton 190 $41,042
Dawson 197 $50,500
Jamaica 215 $60,625

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

Perry Public Libraries

Library
Perry Public Library
1101 WILLIS AVE.
Perry, Iowa
(515) 465-3569
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Perry High Schools

PERRY HIGH SCHOOL
1200 18TH STREET
515-465-3503
Serves 556 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.3

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