Living History Farms, a museum in Urbandale
Location of Urbandale, Iowa
|Incorporated||April 16, 1917|
|• Type||Council-manager government|
|• Mayor||Robert D. Andeweg|
|• City manager||A. J. Johnson|
|• Total||21.94 sq mi (56.82 km2)|
|• Land||21.92 sq mi (56.77 km2)|
|• Water||0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)|
|Elevation||945 ft (288 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||12th in Iowa|
|• Density||1,800/sq mi (695.1/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
50322, 50323, 50325, 50111, 50131, 50263,
|GNIS feature ID||0462504|
Urbandale is a city in Polk County and Dallas County, Iowa, United States. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the city population was 39,463. It is part of the Des Moines–West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Urbandale was incorporated as a city on April 16, 1917. In its early days, Urbandale served as a streetcar suburb of Des Moines with four coal mines. Urbandale served as the end of the "Urbandale Line" after plans to build a railroad from Des Moines to Woodward were abandoned because of right-of-way issues. The coal mines had closed by the end of the 1940s while streetcar service ended in 1951.
In 1920, shortly after the city incorporated, Urbandale had 298 people. Its population in 1950 was 1,777, but the city grew rapidly after that along with the rest of Des Moines' suburbs. By 1970 Urbandale had 14,434 people, and in 2000 it had 29,072. Although most of the city's developed area is in Polk County, Urbandale has expanded westward into Dallas County in recent years.
Urbandale is located in the northwest part of the Des Moines Metro Area at the intersections of Interstate 35, Interstate 80, and Iowa 141. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.94 square miles (56.82 km2), of which, 21.92 square miles (56.77 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.
The median income for a household in the city was $59,744, and the median income for a family was $70,548 (these figures had risen to $69,269 and $86,885 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $45,470 versus $32,631 for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,021. About 2.5% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.
2010 U.S. Census
|Source:"American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. and Iowa Data Center|
As of the 2010 United States Census there were 39,463 people, 15,596 households, and 10,815 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,800.3 inhabitants per square mile (695.1/km2). There were 16,319 housing units at an average density of 744.5 per square mile (287.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.1% White, 2.8% African American, 0.1% Native American, 3.5% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.1% of the population.
There were 15,596 households of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.2% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.7% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.04.
The median age in the city was 37.8 years. 26.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.9% were from 25 to 44; 27% were from 45 to 64; and 11.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.
2000 U.S. Census
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 29,072 people, 11,484 households, and 8,038 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,404.9 people per square mile (542.5/km²). There were 11,869 housing units at an average density of 573.6 per square mile (221.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.18% White, 1.53% African American, 0.09% Native American, 1.73% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.51% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.60% of the population.
There were 11,484 households out of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.7% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.02.
Age spread: 26.3% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.0 males.
While Urbandale is primarily a residential city, other development has increased in recent years, particularly in the business parks located inside the Urban Loop. This 12-mile stretch of I-35/I-80 has multiple access points to Urbandale. Businesses in the Urban Loop have high freeway visibility and traffic counts which continue to fuel the rapid growth of this area.
In July 2005, Money magazine ranked Urbandale 53rd on its list of the "100 Best Places to Live" in the United States. The July 2006 Money Magazine list dropped the city from the list. Urbandale reappeared on the list in the July 2007 issue of Money Magazine as the 39th best place to live.
A September 2008 Business Week magazine survey ranked Urbandale 12th among the nation's top 20 communities likely to face trouble ahead from the still-brewing Wall Street financial crises. This was due to the large number of mortgage and banking based facilities in the city.
According to Urbandale's 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|2||United States Postal Service||700|
|3||Unity Point at Home||575|
|4||Continental Western Insurance||500|
|5||Urbandale Community Schools||450|
|6||John Deere Intelligent Solutions||450|
|7||Quality Manufacturing Corp.||450|
|8||MidAmerican Energy Company||404|
|10||Pepsi-Cola Bottling, Co||320|
The Urban Loop is a development area in the north/central portion of Urbandale and is recognized for the easily accessible network of traffic routes; including interstate access, highway access, and local road access.
Unofficially, the name Rider Corner was used locally to define the ninety-degree bend in the 35/80 interstate system that runs through Urbandale. The proposed area was officially named in the fall of 2017 and has been used by the Urbandale City Government, developers, and real estate brokers to describe the area. Some local media outlets have not discontinued use of the name Rider Corner.
Parks and recreation
Urbandale uses the council-manager form of government. The city council consists of the mayor and five council members, all of which are elected to four-year terms.
Multiple school districts serve portions of Urbandale: Urbandale Community School District, Johnston School District, Dallas Center Grimes School District, West Des Moines School District, and Waukee School District.
Des Moines Christian School is in Urbandale.
- Eddie Berlin, former NFL wide receiver
- Scott Clemmensen, former NHL goaltender
- Tom Hess, 2011 USBC Masters champion, hometown
- Paul Gray, former bassist for the metal band Slipknot
- Scott Michael Greene, suspect in the 2016 shootings of an Urbandale Officer and a Des Moines police officer
- Allen Lazard, a NFL wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers. Attended Iowa State University
- Sean Runyan, former Major League Baseball player
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