Polk City, Iowa

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Polk City, Iowa

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High Points

Polk City strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Iowa):

Category Trophy
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Polk City People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Polk City Low Rate of Poverty
Low Violent Crime
(vs. State)
Top 5% trophy Polk City Low Violent Crime
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Polk City Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 9% Polk City College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Polk City, Iowa

Comparing Polk City to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Iowa (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 9 10
Male Share of the Population 8 9
Well-Paid Single Men 8 8
Well-Paid Single Women 8 7
Racial Diversity 3 5
Female Share of the Population 3 2
Age of the Population 3 2
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 9 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
People Above Poverty 10 10
Median Family Income 10 10
College Educated Adults 9 10

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 8 8
Walking and Biking to Work 8 6
Public Transportation Use 6 7
Short Commute Times 5 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 9 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 4 4
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 1
Affordability of Rents 2 1
People Living Alone 1 1
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 9 10
Low Property Crime 7 8

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Polk City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 13 miles NW of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 120 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska
County Polk
Metro Area Des Moines
Standard Zip Codes 50226
Phone Area Codes 515
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.771
Longitude -93.712

Polk City 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 8.4 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 16.6 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 PERRY
Distance 21.3 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
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Polk City Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 2,344 100%
Male 1,166 49.7%
Female 1,178 50.3%
Under 18 667 28.5%
18+ 1,677 71.5%
65+ 200 8.5%
Median Age 34.1
Average Family Size 3.15
White 2,299 98.1%
African-American 7 0.3%
Asian 7 0.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 6 0.3%
Other 8 0.3%
Mixed Race 17 0.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 16 0.7%

Estimated Polk City Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 2,940
Growth 596
Growth % 25.4%

Polk City Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 35.2%
Irish 10.1%
English 9.4%
US/American 8.9%
Norwegian 7.6%
Swedish 4.5%
Dutch 3.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.2%
Danish 3%
Italian 2.5%
French (except Basque) 2%
Scottish 1.9%
Polish 1.8%
Scotch-Irish 1.3%
European 1.1%
Czech 1%
French Canadian 0.6%
Czechoslovakian 0.5%
Scandinavian 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Latvian 0.2%
British 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Crocker (50226)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Polk City 2,344 $64,688
Alleman 439 $66,154
Ankeny 27,117 $66,433
Granger 583 $47,750
Grimes 5,098 $60,847
Johnston 8,649 $97,322
Sheldahl 336 $48,571

Polk City Public Libraries

Polk City Community Library
"401 BOOTH, PO BOX 259"
Polk City, Iowa
(515) 984-6119
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