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Overview

Introduction to Urbandale, Iowa

Urbandale, Iowa, in Polk county, is located 5 miles W of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center) and is 118 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska. The city is considered part of the Des Moines metropolitan area.

Urbandale History

Urbandale was originally a streetcar suburb of Des Moines. It also had four coal mines, which was closed by the late 1940s. The city was incorporated on April 16, 1917. Though it was primarily a residential city, several industrial parks have developed in Urbandale. The city is partly located in Polk County, which was created on January 13, 1846; and partly in Dallas County, which was founded in 1846.

Urbandale and nearby Attractions

  • Living History Farms
  • Walnut Woods State Park
  • Des Moines Botanical Center
  • Blank Park Zoo
  • Badger Creek State Recreation Area
  • Iowa State Capitol

Things To Do In Urbandale

There are many parks and open spaces at Urbandale, including the Walker - Johnson Park, Northview Park, Urbandale City Park, and Lions Park. The city also has more than 36 miles of scenic bike trails. The Skateboard Park of Urbandale is located at the Walker Johnston Park. The local shopping center is known as Cedar Ridge Shopping Center. It is also worth taking a look around the Living History Farms. Events like Corn Harvest Weekend, Iowa Heritage Weekend, Applefest, and Horse and Buggy Days are organized in the city every year.

Urbandale Transportation

Des Moines International Airport is close to the city.

Urbandale Higher Education

Kaplan University, Des Moines is the local college offering career-focused programs such as how to become a computer technician. Drake University and Des Moines Community College are also close by.

People

Total Population 42,099
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 13.9%
Employed Population 16+ 22,990
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 61.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 48.5%
Median Earnings25+ $49,085
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,417
Median Earnings With High School Degree $32,233

Wealth

Median Family Income $95,628
% Above Poverty Level 94.1%
% Below Poverty Level 5.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 6.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 25.6%
Median Gross Rent $832
Median House Value $196,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 12.9%
US/American 0%
English 7.9%
Irish 17.3%

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

Urbandale Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles W of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 118 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska
County Polk
Metro Area Des Moines
Standard Zip Codes 50322, 50323
Company Zip Codes 50391
Phone Area Codes 515
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.626
Longitude -93.711

Urbandale 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 6.9 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 WINTERSET 2 NNW
Distance 24.5 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
Station NEWTON
Distance 35.6 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Lovington (50322)

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 16,634 $113,935
Des Moines 208,020 $56,196
Grimes 9,509 $97,167
Johnston 19,550 $118,138

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

Urbandale Public Libraries

Library
Urbandale Public Library
3520 86TH ST.
Urbandale, Iowa
(515) 278-3945
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Urbandale High Schools

URBANDALE HIGH SCHOOL
7111 AURORA AVE
515-457-6800
Serves 1,170 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

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