Johnston, Iowa

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Population in 2017: 21,562 (94% urban, 6% rural).
Population change since 2000: +149.3%
Males: 10,294  (47.7%)
Females: 11,268  (52.3%)
Median resident age:

39.7 years
Iowa median age:

38.3 years

Zip codes: 50131.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $108,895 (it was $76,094 in 2000)
Johnston:

$108,895
IA:

$58,570

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $53,313 (it was $36,407 in 2000)

Johnston city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $338,294 (it was $187,400 in 2000)
Johnston:

$338,294
IA:

$149,100

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $206,014; detached houses: $214,979; townhouses or other attached units: $182,889; in 2-unit structures: $174,101; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $167,486; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $164,740; mobile homes: $22,071

Median gross rent in 2017: $1,143.

March 2019 cost of living index in Johnston: 91.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 4.2%
(3.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 18.3% for Black residents, 18.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents)
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  • Races in Johnston, IA (2017)
    • 18,21389.0%White alone
    • 9454.6%Asian alone
    • 4682.3%Hispanic
    • 3541.7%Black alone
    • 2431.2%Two or more races
    • 1070.5%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 80.04%American Indian alone
    • 40.02%Other race alone

Races in Johnston detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists, there were 7 registered sex offenders living in Johnston, Iowa as of October 23, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Johnston is 2,875 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is much lower than the state average.


Crime rates in Johnston by year

Type

2005

2007

2008

2009

2010

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(4.6)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
2
(12.8)
6
(36.7)
3
(17.9)
1
(5.9)
3
(17.0)
2
(10.4)
5
(24.5)
4
(18.9)
5
(23.1)
4
(18.3)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
4
(25.6)
2
(12.2)
2
(12.0)
3
(17.6)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(9.8)
2
(9.5)
3
(13.9)
7
(32.1)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
16
(135.4)
7
(44.8)
9
(55.0)
4
(23.9)
15
(88.1)
15
(85.1)
5
(26.1)
10
(48.9)
18
(85.1)
18
(83.2)
20
(91.7)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
40
(338.5)
48
(307.3)
43
(262.9)
34
(203.3)
28
(164.5)
34
(193.0)
44
(229.5)
29
(141.9)
49
(231.5)
40
(184.9)
32
(146.7)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
153
(1,295)
227
(1,453)
197
(1,205)
161
(962.6)
154
(904.6)
166
(942.1)
125
(651.9)
131
(641.1)
162
(765.5)
172
(795.0)
199
(912.2)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
9
(76.2)
8
(51.2)
3
(18.3)
7
(41.9)
11
(64.6)
8
(45.4)
9
(46.9)
13
(63.6)
5
(23.6)
14
(64.7)
11
(50.4)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
1
(6.4)
1
(6.1)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
3
(15.6)
0
(0.0)
1
(4.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)108.7110.6112.178.880.585.559.573.083.789.2102.6

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City-data.com crime index in Johnston, IA

Crime rate in Johnston detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 31 (28 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.26
Iowa average:

1.47
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Ancestries: German (33.8%), American (8.8%), Yugoslavian (7.5%), Irish (5.1%), English (5.0%), Norwegian (4.9%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 09/19/1969

Elevation: 830 feet

Land area: 14.3 square miles.

Population density: 1,503 people per square mile   (low).

Johnston, Iowa map

1,824 residents are foreign born (4.8% Europe).

This city:

8.9%
Iowa:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $5,415 (1.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $4,632 (2.0%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Des Moines, IA (7.1 miles , pop. 198,682).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (122.9 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (311.1 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Urbandale, IA (1.7 miles ),
Grimes, IA (2.0 miles ),
Saylorville, IA (2.1 miles ),
Windsor Heights, IA (2.2 miles ),
Clive, IA (2.4 miles ),
Ankeny, IA (2.5 miles ),
Polk City, IA (2.6 miles ),
Des Moines, IA (2.7 miles )

Latitude: 41.67 N, Longitude: 93.71 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +2,132 (+10.4%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 2,414 (20.9%)

Area code commonly used in this area: 515

Distribution of median household income in Johnston, IA in 2017
Distribution of house value in Johnston, IA in 2017

Property values in Johnston, IA

Johnston satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 177 buildings, average cost: $153,400
  • 1998: 232 buildings, average cost: $148,200
  • 1999: 306 buildings, average cost: $149,900
  • 2000: 208 buildings, average cost: $139,400
  • 2001: 306 buildings, average cost: $146,400
  • 2002: 251 buildings, average cost: $154,800
  • 2003: 343 buildings, average cost: $171,200
  • 2004: 387 buildings, average cost: $196,100
  • 2005: 353 buildings, average cost: $173,100
  • 2006: 286 buildings, average cost: $176,200
  • 2007: 149 buildings, average cost: $206,800
  • 2008: 101 buildings, average cost: $201,700
  • 2009: 137 buildings, average cost: $185,600
  • 2010: 179 buildings, average cost: $196,300
  • 2011: 167 buildings, average cost: $248,800
  • 2012: 131 buildings, average cost: $311,200
  • 2013: 122 buildings, average cost: $304,000
  • 2014: 126 buildings, average cost: $290,000
  • 2015: 186 buildings, average cost: $251,400
  • 2016: 113 buildings, average cost: $267,300
  • 2017: 84 buildings, average cost: $289,300
Number of permits per 10,000 Johnston, IA residents
Average permit cost in Johnston, IA
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

2.9%
Iowa:

2.8%
Historical population in Johnston, IA
Historical housing units in Johnston, IA

Population change in the 1990s: +3,694 (+74.6%).
Most common industries in Johnston, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Finance & insurance (14.3%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (11.2%)
  • Health care (9.4%)
  • Construction (7.2%)
  • Public administration (5.8%)
  • Educational services (5.0%)
  • Machinery (3.1%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Finance & insurance (12.3%)
  • Construction (11.3%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (10.3%)
  • Public administration (7.8%)
  • Machinery (5.3%)
  • Health care (4.2%)
  • Food & beverage stores (3.5%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Finance & insurance (16.8%)
  • Health care (15.6%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (12.3%)
  • Educational services (8.2%)
  • Social assistance (4.2%)
  • Broadcasting & telecommunications (3.4%)
  • Public administration (3.3%)
Most common occupations in Johnston, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (6.7%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.2%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.8%)
  • Computer specialists (4.6%)
  • Top executives (3.7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (3.7%)
  • Registered nurses (3.1%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (8.9%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (6.6%)
  • Top executives (6.3%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.5%)
  • Computer specialists (4.9%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4.7%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (2.9%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Registered nurses (6.7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.9%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.9%)
  • Advertising, marketing, promotions, public relations, and sales managers (4.5%)
  • Computer specialists (4.2%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (4.0%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.9%)

Average climate in Johnston, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI CO NO2 SO2 Ozone PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 66.8. This is about average.

City:

66.8
U.S.:

74.2
Carbon Monoxide Level

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2018 was 0.214. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 0.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.214
U.S.:

0.267
Nitrogen Dioxide Level

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 6.75. This is worse than average. Closest monitor was 5.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

6.75
U.S.:

5.56
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 0.0417. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 5.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.0417
U.S.:

1.7894
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 27.6. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 4.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

27.6
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 7.10. This is about average. Closest monitor was 4.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.10
U.S.:

8.46

Tornado activity:

Johnston-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Iowa state average. It is 109% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/13/1976, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 19.8 miles away from the Johnston city center injured 9 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 6/18/1974, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 6.0 miles away from the city center killed 2 people and injured 50 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Johnston-area historical earthquake activity is near Iowa state average. It is 81% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 380.0 miles away from the city center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 365.0 miles away from Johnston center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 300.1 miles away from the city center
On 9/26/1990 at 13:18:51, a magnitude 5.0 (4.7 MB, 4.8 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 7.7 mi) earthquake occurred 382.9 miles away from Johnston center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 249.1 miles away from Johnston center
On 7/16/2004 at 12:17:30, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 MW, 3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 119.9 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Polk County (13) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 10, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 4, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Johnston topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Johnston:

  • IOWA HOSPICE, L L C (5650 NW JOHNSTON DRIVE SUITE E)
  • BISHOP DRUMM CARE CENTER (5837 WINWOOD DRIVE)
  • CHILDSERVE HABILITATION CENTER (5900 PIONEER PARKWAY)

College/University in Johnston:

  • La James International College-Johnston (Full-time enrollment: 150; Location: 8805 Chambery Blvd; Private, for-profit; Website: www.lajamesinternational.com)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Johnston:

  • Drake University (about 6 miles; Des Moines, IA; Full-time enrollment: 3,768)
  • Des Moines Area Community College (about 6 miles; Ankeny, IA; FT enrollment: 15,337)
  • Iowa State University (about 25 miles; Ames, IA; FT enrollment: 28,662)
  • Iowa Central Community College (about 63 miles; Fort Dodge, IA; FT enrollment: 4,682)
  • Indian Hills Community College (about 81 miles; Ottumwa, IA; FT enrollment: 4,034)
  • University of Northern Iowa (about 87 miles; Cedar Falls, IA; FT enrollment: 10,816)
  • Hawkeye Community College (about 88 miles; Waterloo, IA; FT enrollment: 7,160)

Public high schools in Johnston:

Public elementary/middle schools in Johnston:

See full list of schools located in Johnston

Library in Johnston:

  • JOHNSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $988,974; Location: 6700 MERLE HAY RD; 59,571 books; 7,292 audio materials; 4,120 video materials; 6 local licensed databases; 13 state licensed databases; 197 print serial subscriptions; 2 electronic serial subscriptions)

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • Would you link St. Paul Presbyterian Church to its website? http://www.stpaul-johnston.com

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Johnston: Johnston (A), Camp Moingona (B), Saylor Station (C), Arsenal Station (D), Hyperion Country Club (E), Iowa Gold Star Museum (F), Johnston Police Department (G), Johnston Public Library (H), Johnston Fire Department (I), Camp Dodge Fire Department (J). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Village Square Mall (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Johnston include: First Baptist Church (A), Solid Rock Christian Church (B), Walnut Creek Community Church (C), Johnston Evangelical Free Church (D), Oak Park Brethern in Christ Church (E), Trinity Presbyterian Reformed Church (F), Saint Paul Presbyterian Church (G), Light of Christ Fellowship (H), Saint James Lutheran Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Ridgedale Cemetery (1), Rittgers (2), Valley View Cemetery (3), Rittgers Cemetery (4), Kinsey Cemetery (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Johnston: Sycamore Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Tourist attraction: Greater America Distributing Incorporated (Amusement & Theme Parks; 8101 Birchwood Court Unit B).

Hotels: Ramada Inn At Merle Hay (5055 Merle Hay Rd), Hilton Garden Inn (8600 Northpark Drive), Stoney Creek Inn & Conference Center (5291 Northwest 84th Street), Best Inns of America (5050 Merle Hay Road), Best Western Des Moines North (5055 Merle Hay Road).

Birthplace of: Chad Costello - Ice hockey player, Jessica Pray - Miss Iowa 2011, Jimmy Binnie - College basketball player (Dayton Flyers).

Polk County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Johnston and their reported violations in the past:

JOHNSTON MUNICIPAL WATER SUPPLY (Population served: 17,306, Purch surface water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In MAY-2013, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-23-2013), St Formal NOV issued (MAY-23-2013), St Compliance achieved (JUN-18-2013), St Public Notif received (JUL-03-2013)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2006 and MAR-2006, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-22-2006), St Formal NOV issued (MAY-22-2006), St Compliance achieved (AUG-29-2006), St Public Notif received (OCT-05-2006)
  • One regular monitoring violation
CAMP DODGE WATER SUPPLY (Address: 7105 NW 70TH AVE , Population served: 895, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Average - Between JUL-2006 and SEP-2006, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St BCA signed (2 times from JAN-11-2006 to JAN-11-2006), St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-19-2006), St Formal NOV issued (2 times from JUL-19-2006 to JUL-28-2006), St Public Notif requested (JUL-28-2006), St Public Notif received (AUG-07-2006), St Public Notif requested (AUG-07-2006), St Compliance achieved (JUL-11-2007)
  • MCL, Average - Between JAN-2006 and MAR-2006, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St BCA signed (2 times from JAN-11-2006 to JAN-11-2006), St Public Notif requested (MAR-16-2006), St Formal NOV issued (MAR-16-2006), St Public Notif received (MAR-30-2006), St Compliance achieved (JUL-11-2007)
  • MCL, Average - Between OCT-2005 and DEC-2005, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (OCT-27-2005), St Public Notif requested (OCT-27-2005), St Public Notif received (NOV-14-2005), St BCA signed (2 times from JAN-11-2006 to JAN-11-2006), St Compliance achieved (JUL-11-2007)
  • MCL, Average - Between JUL-2005 and SEP-2005, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (AUG-23-2005), St Public Notif requested (AUG-23-2005), St Public Notif received (SEP-06-2005), St BCA signed (2 times from JAN-11-2006 to JAN-11-2006), St Compliance achieved (JUL-11-2007)
  • MCL, Average - Between APR-2005 and JUN-2005, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (APR-19-2005), St Public Notif requested (APR-19-2005), St Public Notif received (MAY-10-2005), St BCA signed (2 times from JAN-11-2006 to JAN-11-2006), St Compliance achieved (JUL-11-2007)
Average household size:
This city:

2.7 people
Iowa:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

74.1%
Whole state:

64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

4.4%
Whole state:

6.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

People in group quarters in Johnston in 2010:

  • 189 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 43 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 14 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)

People in group quarters in Johnston in 2000:

  • 151 people in nursing homes
  • 68 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 43 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 7 people in homes for the mentally retarded

Banks with most branches in Johnston (2011 data):

  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Johnston Branch at 5880 Merle Hay Road, branch established on 1982/12/07. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • Charter Bank: at 5526 N.W. 86th Street, branch established on 1998/06/15. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $125.6 mil, Deposits: $113.0 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 3 total offices
  • Bank of the West: Johnson at 5721 Merle Hay Road, Suite 10, branch established on 1936/11/14. Info updated 2009/11/16: Bank assets: $62,408.3 mil, Deposits: $43,995.2 mil, headquarters in San Francisco, CA, positive income, 647 total offices, Holding Company: Bnp Paribas
  • Great Southern Bank: Johnston Branch at 5260 Northwest 86th Street, branch established on 2005/03/29. Info updated 2012/02/03: Bank assets: $3,788.7 mil, Deposits: $2,986.3 mil, headquarters in Reeds Spring, MO, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 109 total offices, Holding Company: Great Southern Bancorp, Inc.
  • Bank Iowa: Johnston Branch at 5525 Merle Hay Rd, Suite 195, branch established on 2007/04/01. Info updated 2011/08/05: Bank assets: $1,089.9 mil, Deposits: $913.9 mil, headquarters in West Des Moines, IA, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 24 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Iowa Corporation
  • Community State Bank, National Association: Johnston Branch at 6175 Merle Hay Rd, branch established on 1997/12/15. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $547.6 mil, Deposits: $434.8 mil, headquarters in Ankeny, IA, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 11 total offices, Holding Company: Van Diest Investment Company
  • Grinnell State Bank: Grinnell Branch at 5601 Merle Hay Road, branch established on 1903/03/01. Info updated 2011/11/21: Bank assets: $262.9 mil, Deposits: $217.7 mil, headquarters in Grinnell, IA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 5 total offices, Holding Company: Grinnell Bancshares, Inc.
  • ITS Bank: Its Bank at 6700 Pioneer Parkway, branch established on 2000/01/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $5.5 mil, Deposits: $0.5 mil, local headquarters, positive income, 1 total offices
  • First Bank: Johnston/86th Street Branch at 8430 Birchwood Court, Suite 1100, branch established on 2003/10/15. Info updated 2009/10/13: Bank assets: $93.4 mil, Deposits: $84.1 mil, headquarters in West Des Moines, IA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 3 total offices, Holding Company: Fnb Holding Company

For population 15 years and over in Johnston:

Marital status in Johnston, IA
  • Never married: 22.9%
  • Now married: 59.1%
  • Separated: 1.6%
  • Widowed: 4.1%
  • Divorced: 12.4%

For population 25 years and over in Johnston:

  • High school or higher: 96.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 56.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 20.6%
  • Unemployed: 2.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.6 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.1
Iowa average:

10.5

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Johnston
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Neighborhoods in Johnston:

(Johnston, Iowa Neighborhood Map)

Religion statistics for Johnston, IA (based on Polk County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic62,86719
Mainline Protestant61,821117
Evangelical Protestant53,822208
Other9,33135
Black Protestant5,27519
Orthodox6464
None236,878-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 63
Polk County:

1.51 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 7
Here:

0.17 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.23 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 8
Polk County:

0.19 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

0.43 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 158
Here:

3.78 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 316
Polk County:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Polk County:

7.3%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

25.8%
Iowa:

27.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

13.5%
Iowa:

14.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Johnston:

50.8%
Iowa:

48.7%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

48.4%
State:

44.7%

Average BMI:
Here:

28.2
Iowa:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

22.1%
Iowa:

22.0%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

8.6%
State:

10.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Johnston:

6.9
State:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

33.0%
Iowa:

33.5%

General health condition:
This city:

57.9%
Iowa:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Johnston:

79.6%
State:

77.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Johnston, IA Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2016)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 29$157,095$65,0051$1,940
Streets and Highways 18$80,188$53,4590$0
Parks and Recreation 14$56,225$48,1933$970
Firefighters 12$59,797$59,79737$35,375
Water Supply 10$39,328$47,1940$0
Housing and Community Development (Local) 8$45,415$68,1230$0
Local Libraries 6$34,592$69,18424$16,899
Financial Administration 5$27,375$65,7000$0
Other Government Administration 4$28,950$86,8500$0
Police - Other 0$0 0$0
Other and Unallocable 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 106$528,965$59,88365$55,184

Johnston government finances - Expenditure in 2016 (per resident):

  • Construction - General - Other: $11,902,000 ($551.99)
    Regular Highways: $2,789,000 ($129.35)
  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $3,553,000 ($164.78)
    General - Other: $3,338,000 ($154.81)
    Police Protection: $3,126,000 ($144.98)
    Regular Highways: $1,678,000 ($77.82)
    Sewerage: $1,549,000 ($71.84)
    Parks and Recreation: $1,445,000 ($67.02)
    Libraries: $1,240,000 ($57.51)
    Health - Other: $1,126,000 ($52.22)
    Local Fire Protection: $1,042,000 ($48.33)
    Solid Waste Management: $698,000 ($32.37)
    Central Staff Services: $690,000 ($32.00)
    Housing and Community Development: $388,000 ($17.99)
    Financial Administration: $324,000 ($15.03)
    General Public Buildings: $99,000 ($4.59)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $27,000 ($1.25)
    Public Welfare - Other: $5,000 ($0.23)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $2,498,000 ($115.85)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - General - Other: $2,190,000 ($101.57)
    Other - Regular Highways: $850,000 ($39.42)
    Other - Sewerage: $709,000 ($32.88)
    Other - Police Protection: $89,000 ($4.13)
    Other - Solid Waste Management: $24,000 ($1.11)
    Other - Libraries: $1,000 ($0.05)
  • Intergovernmental to State - Regular Highways: $17,000 ($0.79)
    General - Other: $1,000 ($0.05)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $264,000 ($12.24)
    Water Utilities: $213,000 ($9.88)
    Sewerage: $199,000 ($9.23)
    Parks and Recreation: $174,000 ($8.07)
    Police Protection: $141,000 ($6.54)
    Housing and Community Development: $67,000 ($3.11)
    Libraries: $29,000 ($1.34)
    Central Staff Services: $12,000 ($0.56)
    General Public Building: $10,000 ($0.46)
    Health - Other: $5,000 ($0.23)
    Local Fire Protection: $5,000 ($0.23)
    Financial Administration: $4,000 ($0.19)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $6,925,000 ($321.17)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $163,000 ($7.56)

Johnston government finances - Revenue in 2016 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $3,528,000 ($163.62)
    Solid Waste Management: $707,000 ($32.79)
    Other: $630,000 ($29.22)
    Housing and Community Development: $73,000 ($3.39)
    Regular Highways: $13,000 ($0.60)
    Parks and Recreation: $1,000 ($0.05)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $361,000 ($16.74)
    Other: $8,000 ($0.37)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $953,000 ($44.20)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $881,000 ($40.86)
    Sale of Property: $160,000 ($7.42)
    Special Assessments: $121,000 ($5.61)
    Rents: $89,000 ($4.13)
    Interest Earnings: $87,000 ($4.03)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $4,037,000 ($187.23)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $2,145,000 ($99.48)
    General Local Government Support: $456,000 ($21.15)
    Other: $104,000 ($4.82)
  • Tax - Property: $17,724,000 ($822.00)
    Other License: $840,000 ($38.96)
    Public Utilities Sales: $448,000 ($20.78)
    Other Selective Sales: $311,000 ($14.42)

Johnston government finances - Debt in 2016 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $84,346,000 ($3911.79)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $78,152,000 ($3624.52)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $6,194,000 ($287.26)
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $1,690,000 ($78.38)
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $1,600,000 ($74.20)
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $90,000 ($4.17)

Johnston government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $11,895,000 ($551.66)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $17,733,000 ($822.42)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,767,000 ($81.95)

7.10% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($54,705 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.10%
Iowa average:

5.97%

0.13% of residents moved from foreign countries ($1,026 average AGI)
Polk County:

0.13%
Iowa average:

0.02%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Dallas County, IA  0.88% ($76,251 average AGI)
from Story County, IA  0.41% ($47,510)
from Warren County, IA  0.36% ($44,108)


6.26% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($66,015 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.26%
Iowa average:

6.23%

0.02% of residents moved to foreign countries ($378 average AGI)
Polk County:

0.02%
Iowa average:

0.03%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Dallas County, IA  1.23% ($97,901 average AGI)
to Warren County, IA  0.45% ($62,950)
to Story County, IA  0.24% ($43,210)
Businesses in Johnston, IA
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Panera Bread1
AmericInn1Quiznos1
Audi1SONIC Drive-In1
Burger King1Starbucks1
Cold Stone Creamery1Subway1
Dairy Queen1U.S. Cellular1
FedEx2UPS3
H&R Block2Village Inn1
Jimmy John's1Volkswagen1
Marriott1Walgreens1
McDonald's1

Strongest AM radio stations in Johnston:

  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KBGG (1700 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KXNO (1460 AM; 5 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KRNT (1350 AM; 5 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KPSZ (940 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • WOI (640 AM; 5 kW; AMES, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIV., OF SCIENCE & TECH.)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KFGQ (1260 AM; 5 kW; BOONE, IA; Owner: BOONE BIBLICAL MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • KWKY (1150 AM; 1 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: PUTBRESE COMMUNICATIONS, LTD.)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KWMT (540 AM; 5 kW; FORT DODGE, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Johnston:

  • KJJY (92.5 FM; WEST DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KHKI (97.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KMXD (100.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WOI-FM (90.1 FM; AMES, IA; Owner: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCI & TECH)
  • KSTZ (102.5 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KIOA (93.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KGGO (94.9 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KVJZ (106.3 FM; ANKENY, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KAZR (103.3 FM; PELLA, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • K269EJ (101.7 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA)
  • KJMC (89.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: MINORITY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KRKQ (98.3 FM; BOONE, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KDFR (91.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • KLTI-FM (104.1 FM; AMES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KWDM (88.7 FM; WEST DES MOINES, IA; Owner: W. DES MOINES COMM. SCHOOL DISTRICT)
  • KKDM (107.5 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KLRX (96.1 FM; MADRID, IA; Owner: THOMAS H. BURKE, RECEIVER FOR LIFESTYLE COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • KDLS-FM (105.5 FM; PERRY, IA; Owner: PERRY BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KZZQ (99.5 FM; WINTERSET, IA; Owner: POSITIVE IMPACT MEDIA, INC.)
  • KCCQ (105.1 FM; AMES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)

TV broadcast stations around Johnston:

  • K41DD (Channel 41; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: VENTANA TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WOI-TV (Channel 5; AMES, IA; Owner: CAPITAL COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY, INC.)
  • KDIN-TV (Channel 11; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: IOWA PUBLIC BROADCASTING BOARD)
  • KPWB-TV (Channel 23; AMES, IA; Owner: PAPPAS TELECASTING OF IOWA, L.L.C.)
  • KDSM-TV (Channel 17; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: KDSM LICENSEE, LLC)
  • KCCI (Channel 8; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: DES MOINES HEARST-ARGYLE TV, INC.)
  • WHO-TV (Channel 13; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: NEW YORK TIMES MANAGEMENT SERVICES)
  • WBXF-CA (Channel 4; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: THE BOX WORLDWIDE LLC)
  • K29EA (Channel 29; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: TV-45, INC.)
  • KRPG-LP (Channel 43; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: TIGER EYE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • K46EY (Channel 46; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: TV-45, INC.)
  • K48FZ (Channel 48; AMES, IA; Owner: TV-52, INC.)
  • K56GD (Channel 56; AMES, IA; Owner: TV-45, INC.)
  • KFPX (Channel 39; NEWTON, IA; Owner: PAXSON DES MOINES LICENSE, INC.)
Johnston fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
See more detailed statistics of Johnston fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 11Number of bridges
  • 285ft / 87.0mTotal length
  • 247,600Total average daily traffic
  • 30,269Total average daily truck traffic
New bridges in Johnston, IA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11910-1919
  • 11920-1929
  • 31950-1959
  • 11970-1979
  • 11990-1999
  • 42010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Johnston, IA
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 partial tract)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED48$169,695119$196,458525$206,97922$67,4242$299,20010$405,8470$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED2$189,8106$203,69037$228,8821$146,3700$00$00$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED5$148,9547$152,87076$219,1028$43,5101$7,7601$119,9901$10,340
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN4$180,8906$221,19071$210,6832$133,6950$02$181,0201$70,340
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$01$63,1006$189,3821$93,1000$00$00$0

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0114.00

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1 partial tract)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED31$208,56526$218,776
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED5$213,6044$224,983
APPLICATIONS DENIED2$125,1606$211,965
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN1$113,7802$192,400
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS1$280,8401$96,720

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0114.00

Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Johnston, IA
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Johnston, IA - Value

2003 - 2017 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2003 - 2017 the average number of fires per year is 44. The highest number of fire incidents - 75 took place in 2007, and the least - 5 in 2004. The data has an increasing trend.
    Fire incident types in Johnston, IA When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Structure Fires (48.8%), and Outside Fires (31.8%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Johnston, IA
    • 32548.8%Structure Fires
    • 21231.8%Outside Fires
    • 9013.5%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 395.9%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Johnston, IA

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Johnston, Iowa:

  • Americinn Johnston, 5050 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, Iowa 50131 , Phone: (515) 270-1111, Fax: (515) 331-2142
  • Suite Options, 8191 Birchwood Ct Ste A, Johnston, Iowa 50131 , Phone: (515) 252-8950, Fax: (515) 276-5454
  • Stoney Creek Inn Of Des Moines, 5291 NW Stoney Creek Ct, Johnston, Iowa 50131 , Phone: (515) 334-9000, Fax: (515) 334-0099
  • Towneplace Suites By Marriott, 8800 Northpark Dr, Johnston, Iowa 50131 , Phone: (515) 727-4066, Fax: (515) 331-0302
All 4 fire-safe hotels and motels in Johnston, Iowa
Most common first names in Johnston, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary3083.7 years
Dorothy1879.5 years
John1878.8 years
Margaret1783.2 years
Donald1676.5 years
Ruth1588.8 years
Helen1388.7 years
Robert1374.4 years
James1376.7 years
Charles1381.9 years
Most common last names in Johnston, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith1186.0 years
Johnson1068.4 years
Miller984.9 years
Thompson884.2 years
Hall683.5 years
Kinsey573.0 years
Nelson583.2 years
Campbell565.6 years
Hanson477.0 years
Brown481.7 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Johnston, IA
  • 81.5%Utility gas
  • 16.9%Electricity
  • 1.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.2%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Johnston, IA
  • 52.0%Electricity
  • 45.5%Utility gas
  • 2.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.5%No fuel used


Johnston compared to Iowa state average:

  • Median household income above state average.
  • Median house value above state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly above state average.

Johnston on our top lists:

  • #18 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: finance and insurance (population 5,000+)"
  • #45 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in unknown juvenile institutions (population 1,000+)"
  • #67 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage population increase from 2000 (population 5,000+)"
  • #87 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: business and financial operations occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #23 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest Sulfur Oxides Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #30 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011"
  • #46 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to foreign countries in 2011"
  • #47 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that visited a dentist within the past year"
  • #55 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant adherents"
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