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 has a population of 29,072.
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.
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.