Waukee, Iowa

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Waukee, Iowa

Introduction to Waukee, Iowa

Waukee, Iowa is located 14 miles W of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center) and is 109 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska. It is in Dallas County. The city is part of the Des Moines metro area, and has a population of Waukee is 5,126.

Waukee History

Waukee was originally named as Shirley. The area was initially served by the Des Moines Valley Railroad and was one of its seven stops. The first church of the city was established in 1870. It became incorporated in 1878. The first election of the city was held on 24th July, 1878. T.F. Howe was the first mayor of Waukee. The city has derived its name from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is located in Dallas County, which was created in 1846 and was named after the 11th Vice President of U.S. George Mifflin Dallas.

Waukee and nearby Attractions

  • Raccoon River Valley Recreation Trail
  • Blank Park Zoo
  • Living History Farms
  • Iowa State Capitol
  • Badger Creek State Recreation Area
  • National Balloon Museum

Things To Do In Waukee

During your stay in Waukee, you can enjoy hiking and biking at the Raccoon River Valley Recreation Trail. The Blank Park Zoo is also worth taking a look around. The local parks include the Centennial Park, Southfork Park, Ridge Pointe Park, Windfield Park, and Songbird Park. You can also visit the Saint Boniface Church, Waukee Baptist Church, Waukee Baptist Church, and Waukee United Methodist Church.

Waukee Transportation

You can reach Des Moines International Airport within few minutes.

Waukee Higher Education

Some of the nearest colleges and universities are Drake University, Iowa State University, and Des Moines Community College.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Waukee Low Violent Crime
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 3% trophy Waukee Well-Paid Single Men
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 3% trophy Waukee People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 3% trophy Waukee Well-Paid Single Women
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Waukee Median Family Income
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 4% trophy Waukee College Educated Adults
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Waukee Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Waukee, Iowa

Comparing Waukee 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 10 10
Male Share of the Population 8 9
Well-Paid Single Men 8 10
Well-Paid Single Women 8 10
Female Share of the Population 3 3
Age of the Population 3 1
Senior Citizens 2 1
Racial Diversity 1 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 10
Average Household Size 7 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 9 10
People in Middle Class or Better 9 10
College Educated Adults 8 10
Median Family Income 8 10

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 8 8
Short Commute Times 7 4
Walking and Biking to Work 4 5
Public Transportation Use 3 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Affordability of Rents 6 1
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 1
People Living Alone 3 2
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 10 10
Low Property Crime 6 4

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Waukee Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 miles W of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center)
Nearest Large City 109 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska
County Dallas
Metro Area Des Moines
Standard Zip Codes 50263
Phone Area Codes 515
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.611
Longitude -93.885

Waukee Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 12.5 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
Distance 18.6 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 36.4 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
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Waukee Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,126 100%
Male 2,537 49.5%
Female 2,589 50.5%
Under 18 1,560 30.4%
18+ 3,566 69.6%
65+ 392 7.6%
Median Age 33
Average Family Size 3.12
White 5,032 98.2%
African-American 22 0.4%
Asian 29 0.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 0 0%
Other 16 0.3%
Mixed Race 26 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 38 0.7%

Estimated Waukee Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 9,213
Growth 4,087
Growth % 79.7%

Waukee 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 37.1%
Irish 13.2%
US/American 7.2%
Swedish 7%
English 6.8%
Dutch 5.7%
Italian 3.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 2.9%
French (except Basque) 2.3%
Danish 2.2%
Norwegian 2.1%
Scottish 1.7%
Scotch-Irish 1.5%
Welsh 1.4%
Czech 0.9%
African 0.8%
Scandinavian 0.7%
French Canadian 0.6%
Swiss 0.5%
European 0.5%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Latvian 0.2%
Polish 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Hungarian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Waukee 5,126 $64,362
Adel 3,435 $47,065
Clive 12,855 $90,863
Dallas Center 1,595 $56,250
De Soto 1,009 $51,397
Grimes 5,098 $60,847
Van Meter 866 $59,000

Waukee Public Libraries

Waukee Public Library
"500 6TH ST., BOX 68"
Waukee, Iowa
(515) 987-1280

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