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Overview

Introduction to Grimes, Iowa

Grimes, Iowa, in Polk county, is located 11 miles NW of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center) and 115 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska. Part of the surrounding Des Moines metro area, the city is not an isolated city.

Grimes History

The present day City of Grimes was founded in 1881 and was officially incorporated on May 7, 1894. The city was named in the honor of James W. Grimes, the 3rd governor of Iowa and a former U.S. senator. It is partly located in Dallas County, which was established in 1846; and partly in Polk County, which was created on January 13, 1846.

Grimes and nearby Attractions

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

Things To Do In Grimes

There are many parks located in Grimes including the Water Works Park, Grimes City Park, and Lions Park. The city also offers a sports park that includes soccer fields, a skate park, and baseball fields. One can also visit the Grimes Public Library during their free hours. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy their leisure at the Longview Golf Center. The Saint Peter Lutheran Church and Grimes Jehovah's Witnesses Congregation are some of the local churches.

Grimes Transportation

Des Moines International Airport is the nearest airport.

Grimes Higher Education

Drake University and Des Moines Community College are close to the city.

Demographics

People

Total Population10,422
Male Share of the Population47.2%
Female Share of the Population52.8%
Senior Citizens6.6%
Employed Population 16+5,898
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married63.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher48.6%
Median Earnings25+$47,088
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$46,958
Median Earnings With High School Degree$33,859

Wealth

Median Family Income$97,796
% Above Poverty Level96.7%
% Below Poverty Level3.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.2%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone17.2%
Median Gross Rent$1,037
Median House Value$188,900

Ancestry

German37.9%
Irish19.2%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)8.7%
Norwegian7.1%
English6.8%
Dutch6.5%
Italian2.3%
Scottish2.1%
French Except Basque1.9%
Danishn1.7%
Polish1.6%
Czech1.1%
Greek0.9%
Swedish0.7%
Luxemburger0.6%
Welsh0.4%
Canadian0.3%
Russian0.2%
Swiss0.1%
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Grimes Almanac

CategoryValue
County Polk County
Standard Zip Codes50111
Phone Area Codes515
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.66
Approximate Longitude-93.78

Grimes Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationANKENY
Distance11.7 miles
Jan Temp9 to 28 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp64 to 86 F
Oct Temp39 to 63 F
Annual Precip33.3 inches
StationDES MOINES AP
Distance12.5 miles
Jan Temp12 to 29 F
Apr Temp40 to 61 F
Jul Temp66 to 86 F
Oct Temp42 to 64 F
Annual Precip34.7 inches
StationWINTERSET 2 NNW
Distance25.5 miles
Jan Temp9 to 29 F
Apr Temp37 to 61 F
Jul Temp64 to 84 F
Oct Temp40 to 64 F
Annual Precip34.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Clive17,022$113,718
Granger1,461$102,639
Johnston19,491$115,020
Polk City4,115$84,797
Urbandale41,578$98,456
Waukee16,955$101,162

Grimes Public Libraries

Grimes Public Library
200 N JAMES ST
Grimes, Iowa
(515) 986-3551

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Grimes Public Schools

Dallas Center-grimes High School
2555 W 1st St
ZIP: 50111
(515) 986-9747
High
Total Enrollment 550
Dc-g Meadows
2555 W 1st St Suite 200
ZIP: 50111
(515) 986-0105
Other
Total Enrollment 367
North Ridge Elementary
400 Nw 27th St
ZIP: 50111
(515) 986-5674
Primary
Total Enrollment 435
South Prairie Elementary
500 S James St
ZIP: 50111
(515) 986-4057
Primary
Total Enrollment 558
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