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Overview

Introduction to Pleasant Hill, Iowa

Pleasant Hill, Iowa is located 4 miles E of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center) and is 127 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska. It is in Polk county, and the city is part of the Des Moines metro area. The population of Pleasant Hill is 5,070.

Pleasant Hill History

Pleasant Hill was incorporated as a city on May 12, 1956. It is situated in Polk County, which was founded in 1846. This county was named in honor of President James K. Polk. Polk County is among the 5 counties which make up Des Moines - West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Pleasant Hill and nearby Attractions

  • Doane Park
  • Pleasant Hill Free Church
  • Des Moines Art Center
  • State Historical Society of Iowa
  • Big Creek State Park

Things To Do In Pleasant Hill

Residents of Pleasant Hill can spend their leisure time at the Big Creek State Park, Walnut Woods State Park, and the Doane Park. Des Moines Art Center is for the ones who cherish art in all its forms. Tourists also flock to State Historical Society of Iowa. Greens and Blues Fest is the festival held in Pleasant Hill during the month of May every year.

Pleasant Hill Transportation

Des Moines International Airport is the closest airport.

Pleasant Hill Higher Education

There are many colleges and universities which can be attended from Pleasant Hill including Des Moines Community College, Drake University, Iowa State University, and Iowa Central Community College.

People

Total Population 9,099
Male Share of the Population 47.9%
Female Share of the Population 52.1%
Senior Citizens 12.1%
Employed Population 16+ 5,158
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 59.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36.8%
Median Earnings25+ $41,718
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,483
Median Earnings With High School Degree $34,120

Wealth

Median Family Income $86,289
% Above Poverty Level 93.4%
% Below Poverty Level 6.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 23.9%
Median Gross Rent $835
Median House Value $184,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.5%
US/American 0%
English 10.7%
Irish 12.1%

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

Pleasant Hill Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles E of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 127 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska
County Polk
Metro Area Des Moines
Standard Zip Codes 50317, 50327
Phone Area Codes 515
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.583
Longitude -93.519

Pleasant Hill 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 DES MOINES AP
Distance 8.4 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 NEWTON
Distance 26.8 miles
Jan Temp 9 to 29 F
Apr Temp 37 to 62 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 65 F
Annual Precip 34.4 inches
Station KNOXVILLE
Distance 27.1 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 29 F
Apr Temp 38 to 61 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 64 F
Annual Precip 35 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Capitol Heights (50317)

Carbondale (50317)

Norwoodville (50317)

Risingsun (50317)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Altoona 15,808 $89,899
Bondurant 4,555 $69,219
Carlisle 4,120 $74,375
Des Moines 208,020 $56,196

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

Pleasant Hill Public Libraries

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Pleasant Hill Public Library
5151 MAPLE DR.
Pleasant Hill, Iowa
(515) 266-7815
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