Overview

Introduction to Perry, Iowa

Perry, Iowa is located 28 miles SW of Ames, Iowa (center to center) and is 102 miles E of Omaha, Nebraska. It is in Dallas county, and the city is part of the Des Moines metro area. The population of Perry is 7,633.

Perry History

The city was organized in 1869. Harvey Williams, who was an adventurer, convinced the railroad surveyors to place the rail tracks on his land, which is now a part of Perry. Initially Perry was a major railroad junction. The city was named in the honor of Col. C.H. Perry, a railroad official.

Perry and nearby Attractions

  • Perry Mall
  • Perkins Park
  • Guthrie County Historical Village
  • Springbrook State Park

Things To Do In Perry

Residents of Perry can visit parks including the Caboose Park, Perkins Park, and Wiese Park. The Perry Mall is an ideal place to enjoy your shopping. One can also visit churches including First Christian Church, and the Saint Patricks Catholic Church. Guthrie County Historical Village is one of the "must see" destinations.

Perry Transportation

Des Moine International Airport is the nearest airport.

Perry Higher Education

There are several higher education institutes that can be attended in the city including the Drake University, Des Moines Community College, Iowa State University, and Iowa Central Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,667
Male Share of the Population52.3%
Female Share of the Population47.7%
Senior Citizens14.3%
Employed Population 16+3,550
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married47.2%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher14.2%
Median Earnings25+$31,994
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$27,873
Median Earnings With High School Degree$28,205

Wealth

Median Family Income$49,974
% Above Poverty Level83.6%
% Below Poverty Level16.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work1%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone31.9%
Median Gross Rent$752
Median House Value$87,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)43.5%
Irish10.4%
English4.5%
African3.8%
Italian3.4%
Swedish1.6%
French Except Basque1.2%
Danishn0.9%
Dutch0.8%
Norwegian0.7%
Scottish0.6%
Polish0.6%
Welsh0.5%
Sudanese0.4%
Austrian0.3%
Romanian0.2%
German0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Perry Almanac

CategoryValue
CountyDallas County
Standard Zip Codes50220
Phone Area Codes515
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.84
Approximate Longitude-94.09

Perry Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPERRY
Distance0.6 miles
Jan Temp8 to 28 F
Apr Temp36 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp38 to 63 F
Annual Precip31.9 inches
StationBOONE
Distance18.6 miles
Jan Temp7 to 28 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp39 to 64 F
Annual Precip36.3 inches
StationANKENY
Distance29.1 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bouton135$44,750
Dawson159$83,929
Jamaica277$58,750
Minburn400$70,750
Rippey224$48,750
Woodward1,543$71,875

Perry Public Libraries

Perry Public Library
1101 WILLIS AVE
Perry, Iowa
(515) 465-3569

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Perry Hospitals

Dallas County Hospital
(Government - Local)
610 Tenth Street
(515) 465-3547

Perry Public Schools

Perry Elementary
1600 8th Street
ZIP: 50220
(515) 465-5656
Primary
Total Enrollment 775
Perry High School
1200 18th Street
ZIP: 50220
(515) 465-3503
High
Total Enrollment 598
Perry Middle School
1200 18th Street
ZIP: 50220
(515) 465-3531
Middle
Total Enrollment 401

Perry Private Schools

St Patricks School
1302 5th St
ZIP: 50220
Elementary
Total Enrollment 97
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