Van Meter, Iowa

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Van Meter, Iowa

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Van Meter Low Rate of Poverty
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 6% Van Meter Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Van Meter People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 8% Van Meter Well-Paid Single Women
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 16% Van Meter Walking and Biking to Work
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Van Meter College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Van Meter, Iowa

Comparing Van Meter 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
Well-Paid Single Women 9 10
Well-Paid Single Men 9 8
Female Share of the Population 6 5
Racial Diversity 5 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 5
Male Share of the Population 5 6
Age of the Population 3 2
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 8 10
Portion of People Married 8 8


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 9 8
Short Commute Times 6 3
Public Transportation Use 4 5
Working at Home 4 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 8
Housing Recently Built 7 10
Affordability of Rents 5 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 2
People Living Alone 3 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 2

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Van Meter Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 18 miles W of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 104 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska
County Dallas
Metro Area Des Moines
Standard Zip Codes 50261
Phone Area Codes 515
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.531
Longitude -93.953

Van Meter Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 12.2 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
Distance 30.3 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 30 F
Apr Temp 39 to 63 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 34.9 inches
Station BOONE
Distance 36 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
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Van Meter Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 866 100%
Male 415 47.9%
Female 451 52.1%
Under 18 264 30.5%
18+ 602 69.5%
65+ 69 8%
Median Age 34.9
Average Family Size 3.13
White 850 98.2%
African-American 2 0.2%
Asian 6 0.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 0 0%
Other 2 0.2%
Mixed Race 4 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 12 1.4%

Estimated Van Meter Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,088
Growth 222
Growth % 25.6%

Van Meter 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 35.9%
English 13%
US/American 11.1%
Irish 8.8%
Swedish 5.7%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 4.8%
Italian 4.2%
Scandinavian 2.5%
Dutch 2.3%
Danish 2.3%
Scottish 2%
Norwegian 2%
French (except Basque) 0.9%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
European 0.8%
Welsh 0.5%
Pennsylvania German 0.5%
Greek 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Finnish 0.3%
Polish 0.3%
Portuguese 0.3%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Van Meter 866 $59,000
Adel 3,435 $47,065
Clive 12,855 $90,863
Cumming 162 $56,071
De Soto 1,009 $51,397
Earlham 1,298 $54,519
Waukee 5,126 $64,362

Van Meter Public Libraries

Van Meter Public Library
"505 GRANT, BOX 94"
Van Meter, Iowa
(515) 996-2435

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Van Meter High Schools (2004)

520 1ST AVE
Serves 224 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.2

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