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Overview

Introduction to Johnston, Iowa

Johnston, Iowa, in Polk county, is located 6 miles NW of Des Moines, Iowa (center to center) and is 119 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska. The city is part of the Des Moines metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

Johnston History

Johnston was founded as Johnston Station in 1905. It was a station between Des Moines and Perry. The place was named after John F. Johnston who was a freight supervisor in the railways. Johnston was incorporated on September 18, 1969.

Johnston and nearby Attractions

  • Living History Farms
  • Des Moines Art Center
  • Science Center of Iowa
  • State Historical Society of Iowa
  • Iowa State Capitol
  • Big Creek State Park

Things To Do In Johnston

The Des Moines Art Center has a huge collections of contemporary art. The State Historical Society of Iowa provides an insight into the local history and the Iowa Gold Star Museum exhibits the military experiences of the people of Iowa. Tourists can also visit the Badger Creek State Recreation Area and the Walnut Woods State Park. There are many churches in the city. The city of Johnston also celebrates the festival of Green Days which is usually held in the month of June every year.

Johnston Transportation

Air transportation is available from Des Moines International Airport.

Johnston Higher Education

Higher educational facilities are offered by the Drake University, Des Moines Community College, Iowa State University, and the Iowa Central Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population19,491
Male Share of the Population47.7%
Female Share of the Population52.3%
Senior Citizens11.8%
Employed Population 16+10,776
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married60.3%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher56.7%
Median Earnings25+$63,249
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$0
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,432

Wealth

Median Family Income$115,020
% Above Poverty Level95.8%
% Below Poverty Level4.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home5%
% Walking and Biking to Work1%
% Using Public Transportation1%

Housing

People Living Alone23.5%
Median Gross Rent$1,076
Median House Value$237,600

Ancestry

German37.7%
Irish12.1%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)11.4%
English8.4%
Norwegian7.6%
Dutch3.8%
Italian3.7%
Swedish3.4%
Scottish2%
Polish2%
French Except Basque1.8%
Danishn1.7%
African1.1%
Czech1%
Welsh0.8%
Austrian0.8%
Kenyan0.7%
Turkish0.6%
Ukrainian0.6%
Serbian0.4%
Finnish0.4%
Russian0.4%
Sudanese0.3%
Belgian0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Lithuanian0.2%
Ethiopian0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Arab0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
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Johnston Almanac

CategoryValue
County Polk County
Standard Zip Codes50131
Phone Area Codes515
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.68
Approximate Longitude-93.7

Johnston 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
Distance7.4 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
Distance9.8 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
Distance27.4 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
Ankeny53,413$90,944
Clive17,022$113,718
Grimes10,422$97,796
Urbandale41,578$98,456
West Des Moines61,624$95,335
Windsor Heights4,980$64,732

Johnston Public Libraries

Johnston Public Library
6700 MERLE HAY RD
Johnston, Iowa
(515) 278-5233

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Johnston Public Schools

Beaver Creek Elem School
8701 Lyndhurst
ZIP: 50131
(515) 278-6228
Primary
Total Enrollment 695
Henry A Wallace Elementary School
6510 Nw 62nd Ave
ZIP: 50131
(515) 278-6977
Primary
Total Enrollment 550
Horizon Elementary
5905 N W 100th Street
ZIP: 50131
(515) 986-1121
Primary
Total Enrollment 665
Johnston Middle School
6207 Nw 62nd Ave
ZIP: 50131
(515) 278-0476
Other
Total Enrollment 1036
Johnston Senior High School
6501 Nw 62nd Ave.
ZIP: 50131
(515) 278-0449
High
Total Enrollment 1541
Lawson Elementary School
5450 Nw 62nd Ave
ZIP: 50131
(515) 278-0478
Primary
Total Enrollment 574
Summit Middle School
9500 Windsor Parkway
ZIP: 50131
(515) 986-0318
Middle
Total Enrollment 1051
Timber Ridge Elementary
7370 Nw 54th Ave
ZIP: 50131
(515) 331-4379
Primary
Total Enrollment 707
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