Urbandale, Iowa

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Population in 2017: 43,592 (99% urban, 1% rural).
Population change since 2000: +49.9%
Males: 21,418  (49.1%)
Females: 22,174  (50.9%)
Median resident age:

39.4 years
Iowa median age:

38.3 years

Zip codes: 50322.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $85,498 (it was $59,744 in 2000)
Urbandale:

$85,498
IA:

$58,570

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $42,497 (it was $29,021 in 2000)

Urbandale city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $236,661 (it was $131,100 in 2000)
Urbandale:

$236,661
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: $903.

March 2019 cost of living index in Urbandale: 90.0 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 6.2%
(5.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 26.4% for Black residents, 6.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 35.0% for American Indian residents, 97.2% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 1.1% for other race residents, 5.1% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Urbandale, IA (2017)
    • 37,28385.5%White alone
    • 1,7864.1%Asian alone
    • 1,6073.7%Black alone
    • 1,4833.4%Hispanic
    • 1,0692.5%Two or more races
    • 2210.5%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 240.06%American Indian alone
    • 50.01%Other race alone

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



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists, there were 33 registered sex offenders living in Urbandale, Iowa as of September 29, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Urbandale is 1,301 to 1.
The ratio of registered sex offenders to all residents in this city is much lower than the state average.


Crime rates in Urbandale by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(2.5)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(2.3)
1
(2.2)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
7
(20.9)
14
(40.1)
7
(18.2)
6
(15.2)
7
(17.7)
12
(29.9)
8
(20.2)
3
(7.4)
5
(12.0)
14
(33.1)
7
(15.9)
9
(20.0)
10
(22.9)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
7
(20.9)
15
(43.0)
16
(41.7)
8
(20.3)
7
(17.7)
4
(10.0)
5
(12.6)
2
(4.9)
7
(16.9)
4
(9.4)
4
(9.1)
8
(17.8)
8
(18.3)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
25
(74.6)
36
(103.2)
44
(114.6)
27
(68.6)
34
(86.0)
42
(104.7)
41
(103.4)
52
(128.5)
55
(132.5)
66
(155.9)
40
(90.7)
49
(108.9)
97
(222.3)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
130
(387.9)
145
(415.7)
153
(398.6)
134
(340.6)
143
(361.9)
122
(304.1)
109
(274.8)
107
(264.4)
129
(310.9)
69
(163.0)
127
(288.1)
175
(388.8)
139
(318.5)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
417
(1,244)
659
(1,889)
571
(1,488)
524
(1,332)
639
(1,617)
576
(1,436)
501
(1,263)
548
(1,354)
516
(1,243)
586
(1,384)
485
(1,100)
480
(1,066)
352
(806.7)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
35
(104.4)
21
(60.2)
36
(93.8)
20
(50.8)
27
(68.3)
20
(49.8)
24
(60.5)
33
(81.5)
25
(60.2)
42
(99.2)
54
(122.5)
45
(100.0)
47
(107.7)
Arson
(per 100,000)
12
(35.8)
13
(37.3)
9
(23.4)
4
(10.2)
3
(7.6)
3
(7.5)
3
(7.6)
7
(17.3)
2
(4.8)
1
(2.4)
7
(15.9)
4
(8.9)
5
(11.5)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)123.2175.1144.9118.3132.2130.5115.2112.3117.5135.2112.1125.4131.5

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City-data.com crime index in Urbandale, IA

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

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 60 (51 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.15
Iowa average:

1.47
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Ancestries: German (27.1%), Irish (9.2%), American (6.7%), Yugoslavian (6.0%), English (5.0%), Norwegian (4.5%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 05/3/1917

Land area: 20.7 square miles.

Population density: 2,107 people per square mile   (low).

Urbandale, Iowa map

3,768 residents are foreign born (3.3% Europe, 1.3% Africa, 1.0% Latin America).

This city:

8.6%
Iowa:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $4,298 (1.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $3,677 (1.7%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Des Moines, IA (6.7 miles , pop. 198,682).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (120.9 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (312.9 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Windsor Heights, IA (1.6 miles ),
Johnston, IA (1.7 miles ),
Clive, IA (1.7 miles ),
Grimes, IA (2.0 miles ),
West Des Moines, IA (2.1 miles ),
Des Moines, IA (2.6 miles ),
Waukee, IA (2.6 miles ),
Saylorville, IA (2.6 miles )

Latitude: 41.64 N, Longitude: 93.74 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +941 (+2.2%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 5,673 (22.9%)

Area code commonly used in this area: 515

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

Property values in Urbandale, IA

Urbandale satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 169 buildings, average cost: $128,500
  • 1998: 234 buildings, average cost: $155,400
  • 1999: 241 buildings, average cost: $166,200
  • 2000: 301 buildings, average cost: $160,200
  • 2001: 294 buildings, average cost: $176,300
  • 2002: 441 buildings, average cost: $197,400
  • 2003: 627 buildings, average cost: $209,000
  • 2004: 663 buildings, average cost: $208,000
  • 2005: 545 buildings, average cost: $167,400
  • 2006: 403 buildings, average cost: $181,000
  • 2007: 233 buildings, average cost: $188,400
  • 2008: 104 buildings, average cost: $198,400
  • 2009: 114 buildings, average cost: $225,600
  • 2010: 147 buildings, average cost: $250,800
  • 2011: 182 buildings, average cost: $256,500
  • 2012: 241 buildings, average cost: $282,100
  • 2013: 300 buildings, average cost: $313,200
  • 2014: 156 buildings, average cost: $335,300
  • 2015: 197 buildings, average cost: $305,100
  • 2016: 159 buildings, average cost: $320,500
  • 2017: 168 buildings, average cost: $310,100
Number of permits per 10,000 Urbandale, IA residents
Average permit cost in Urbandale, IA
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

2.0%
Iowa:

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

Population change in the 1990s: +5,466 (+23.2%).
Most common industries in Urbandale, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Finance & insurance (16.6%)
  • Educational services (8.7%)
  • Health care (8.5%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (7.9%)
  • Public administration (5.1%)
  • Construction (3.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (3.6%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Finance & insurance (15.3%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (9.0%)
  • Construction (6.8%)
  • Public administration (5.1%)
  • Educational services (4.5%)
  • Health care (3.8%)
  • Food & beverage stores (3.4%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Finance & insurance (18.0%)
  • Health care (13.6%)
  • Educational services (13.3%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (6.8%)
  • Public administration (5.1%)
  • Social assistance (4.5%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.3%)
Most common occupations in Urbandale, IA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (5.8%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.3%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (4.7%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.6%)
  • Computer specialists (4.3%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (3.8%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (3.5%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (7.1%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.6%)
  • Computer specialists (5.7%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (5.2%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (3.8%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (3.6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (3.5%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (8.2%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7.0%)
  • Registered nurses (5.4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.9%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.0%)
  • Accountants and auditors (3.9%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.9%)

Average climate in Urbandale, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Urbandale, Iowa environmental map by EPA

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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 3.2 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 4.6 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 4.6 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 5.3 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 2.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.10
U.S.:

8.46

Tornado activity:

Urbandale-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 108% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/13/1976, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 21.4 miles away from the Urbandale 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 8.8 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:

Urbandale-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 379.9 miles away from Urbandale 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 365.1 miles away from Urbandale center
On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 301.8 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 382.0 miles away from Urbandale 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 117.2 miles away from the city 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 250.6 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).
Urbandale topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Urbandale:

  • CHILDSERVE HOMES-DOUGLAS AVENUE HOUSE (7109 DOUGLAS AVENUE)
  • CHILDSERVE HOMES-URBANDALE HOUSE (2712 69TH STREET)
  • SOUTHERN CARE (2900 100TH STREET SUITE 103)
  • IOWA HEALTH HOME CARE (11333 AURORA AVENUE)
  • DEERFIELD RETIREMENT COMMUNITY INC (13731 HICKMAN ROAD)
  • KAREN ACRES CARE CENTER (3605 ELM DRIVE)
  • URBANDALE HEALTH CARE CENTER (4614 NW 84TH STREET)

College/University in Urbandale:

  • Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus (Full-time enrollment: 1,416; Location: 4655 121st Street; Private, for-profit; Website: www.kaplanuniversity.edu/des-moines-iowa.aspx; Offers Master's degree)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Urbandale:

  • Drake University (about 5 miles; Des Moines, IA; Full-time enrollment: 3,768)
  • Des Moines Area Community College (about 9 miles; Ankeny, IA; FT enrollment: 15,337)
  • Iowa State University (about 28 miles; Ames, IA; FT enrollment: 28,662)
  • Iowa Central Community College (about 64 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 90 miles; Cedar Falls, IA; FT enrollment: 10,816)
  • Hawkeye Community College (about 91 miles; Waterloo, IA; FT enrollment: 7,160)

Public high school in Urbandale:

Private high school in Urbandale:

Public elementary/middle schools in Urbandale:

Private elementary/middle school in Urbandale:

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Library in Urbandale:

  • URBANDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $2,096,714; Location: 3520 86TH ST; 130,897 books; 14,856 audio materials; 10,869 video materials; 9 local licensed databases; 25 state licensed databases; 362 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Urbandale: Urbandale Country Club (A), Living History Farms Welcome Center (B), Urbandale Public Library (C), Urbandale Police Department (D), Urbandale Fire Department Station 42 Headquarters (E), Urbandale Fire Department Station 41 (F), Urbandale Town Hall (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Cedar Ridge Shopping Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Urbandale include: Urbandale Baptist Church (A), Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (B), Westkirk Presbyterian Church (C), Free Methodist Church (D), Walnut Hills United Methodist Church (E), Gospel Assembly Church (F), New Hope Assembly of God Church (G), Saint Pius X Church (H), Church of Jesus Christ (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery (1), McDivitt Cemetery (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lake: Lake Halice (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Creek: Little Walnut Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Parks in Urbandale include: Lions Park (1), Urbandale City Park (2), Walker-Johnson Park (3), Karen Acres (4), South Park (5), Northview Park (6), Living History Farms (7), Murphy Park (8). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Living History Farms - Administration (Museums; 2600 111th Street) (1), Urbandale Historical Society (Historical Places & Services; 4010 70th Street) (2), Cruise One (Amusement & Theme Parks; 15419 Oakwood Drive) (3), Aristocrat Inc (Arcades & Amusements; 3209 86th Street) (4). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Hotels: Days Inn Merle Hay (4845 Merle Hay Road) (1), Timberline Cottages (12720 Sunflower Drive) (2), Suite Options Corporate Housing (3201 99th Street) (3), Extended Stay America (3940 114th St) (4), Comfort Suites (11167 Hickman Road) (5), Comfort Suites At Living History Farms (11167 Hickman Road) (6), Four Points By Sheraton Des Moines North (4800 Merle Hay Road) (7), Econo Lodge West (11000 Douglas Avenue) (8), Sleep Inn Urbandale (11211 Hickman Road) (9). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Birthplace of: Eddie Berlin - 2005 NFL player (Chicago Bears, born: Jan 14, 1978), Neil Clark Warren - Ispirational speaker, Brian Lillis - College basketball player (Albany Great Danes), Tyler McKinney - College basketball player (Creighton Bluejays).

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

2.5 people
Iowa:

2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

69.3%
Whole state:

64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

4.8%
Whole state:

6.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

People in group quarters in Urbandale in 2010:

  • 222 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 8 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 4 people in group homes intended for adults

People in group quarters in Urbandale in 2000:

  • 252 people in nursing homes
  • 36 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 16 people in homes for the mentally retarded

Banks with most branches in Urbandale (2011 data):

  • Bank of America, National Association: Meredith Branch at 8525 Meredith Drive, branch established on 1993/08/09; Aurora Branch at 6200 Aurora Avenue, branch established on 1895/05/02. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Urbandale Branch at 8301 Douglas Avenue, branch established on 1973/05/25. 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
  • Liberty Bank, F.S.B.: Urbandale Branch at 3800 100th Street, branch established on 2000/06/05. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $934.1 mil, Deposits: $843.6 mil, headquarters in West Des Moines, IA, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 27 total offices
  • Iowa State Bank: Hickman Office at 2301 128th Street, branch established on 2006/03/15. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $311.1 mil, Deposits: $262.2 mil, headquarters in Des Moines, IA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 5 total offices, Holding Company: Iowa State Bank Holding Company
  • Midwest Heritage Bank, FSB: Urbandale Branch at 8601 Douglas Avenue, branch established on 1999/07/01. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $154.4 mil, Deposits: $128.8 mil, headquarters in West Des Moines, IA, positive income, 9 total offices
  • U.S. Bank National Association: Urbandale Branch at 3501 Northwest 86th Street, branch established on 1992/12/07. Info updated 2012/01/30: Bank assets: $330,470.8 mil, Deposits: $236,091.5 mil, headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, positive income, 3121 total offices, Holding Company: U.S. Bancorp
  • Regions Bank: Urbandale Branch at 2851 86th Street, branch established on 1995/03/06. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $123,368.2 mil, Deposits: $98,301.3 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1778 total offices, Holding Company: Regions Financial Corporation
  • Bank of the West: Urbandale at 8300 Douglas, branch established on 1916/01/01. 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
  • West Bank: Urbandale Branch at 3255 99th Street, branch established on 1999/06/14. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $1,256.9 mil, Deposits: $959.3 mil, headquarters in West Des Moines, IA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 12 total offices, Holding Company: West Bancorporation, Inc.
  • 4 other banks with 4 local branches

For population 15 years and over in Urbandale:

Marital status in Urbandale, IA
  • Never married: 24.6%
  • Now married: 60.4%
  • Separated: 1.0%
  • Widowed: 5.2%
  • Divorced: 8.8%

For population 25 years and over in Urbandale:

  • High school or higher: 96.6%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 49.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 14.2%
  • Unemployed: 2.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.8 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 - Urbandale
Presidential Elections Results

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Neighborhoods in Urbandale:

(Urbandale, Iowa Neighborhood Map)

Religion statistics for Urbandale, 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
Polk County:

0.17 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

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

0.19 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

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

3.78 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

7.57 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

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

7.3%
State:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

25.8%
Iowa:

27.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

13.5%
Iowa:

14.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

52.4%
Iowa:

48.7%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Urbandale:

51.4%
Iowa:

44.7%

Average BMI:
This city:

28.5
State:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

21.1%
Iowa:

22.0%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Here:

8.9%
Iowa:

10.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Here:

6.9
Iowa:

6.8

Overweight people:
Urbandale:

35.5%
State:

33.5%

General health condition:
Urbandale:

59.5%
Iowa:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Urbandale:

80.1%
Iowa:

77.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Urbandale, 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 49$317,281$77,7010$0
Firefighters 30$167,141$66,85613$12,221
Streets and Highways 26$152,766$70,5070$0
Parks and Recreation 20$112,864$67,71833$15,358
Housing and Community Development (Local) 12$75,363$75,3630$0
Local Libraries 11$54,897$59,88830$44,512
Solid Waste Management 8$41,553$62,3300$0
Financial Administration 7$49,139$84,2381$3,151
Other Government Administration 6$52,173$104,3468$7,396
Sewerage 6$28,137$56,2740$0
Police - Other 5$22,816$54,75813$7,506
Welfare 1$6,658$79,8962$5,622
Fire - Other 1$4,876$58,5121$1,220
Totals for Government 182$1,085,664$71,582101$96,986

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

  • Construction - General - Other: $22,007,000 ($504.84)
  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $15,063,000 ($345.55)
    Police Protection: $6,789,000 ($155.74)
    Parks and Recreation: $4,319,000 ($99.08)
    Regular Highways: $3,888,000 ($89.19)
    Local Fire Protection: $3,575,000 ($82.01)
    Libraries: $1,902,000 ($43.63)
    General - Other: $1,811,000 ($41.54)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,693,000 ($38.84)
    Central Staff Services: $1,597,000 ($36.64)
    Financial Administration: $783,000 ($17.96)
    Housing and Community Development: $608,000 ($13.95)
    General Public Buildings: $475,000 ($10.90)
    Sewerage: $350,000 ($8.03)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $152,000 ($3.49)
    Health - Other: $62,000 ($1.42)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $11,000 ($0.25)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,321,000 ($30.30)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - General - Other: $822,000 ($18.86)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Water Utilities: $1,085,000 ($24.89)
    Regular Highways: $588,000 ($13.49)
    Libraries: $479,000 ($10.99)
    Parks and Recreation: $423,000 ($9.70)
    Police Protection: $341,000 ($7.82)
    Solid Waste Management: $235,000 ($5.39)
    General - Other: $209,000 ($4.79)
    Local Fire Protection: $184,000 ($4.22)
    Sewerage: $63,000 ($1.45)
    Central Staff Services: $55,000 ($1.26)
    General Public Building: $38,000 ($0.87)
    Housing and Community Development: $18,000 ($0.41)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $14,720,000 ($337.68)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $155,000 ($3.56)

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

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $2,308,000 ($52.95)
    Sewerage: $1,470,000 ($33.72)
    Other: $1,439,000 ($33.01)
    Parks and Recreation: $573,000 ($13.14)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Other: $1,783,000 ($40.90)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $148,000 ($3.40)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $1,533,000 ($35.17)
    Special Assessments: $815,000 ($18.70)
    Fines and Forfeits: $325,000 ($7.46)
    Interest Earnings: $173,000 ($3.97)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $15,406,000 ($353.41)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $4,877,000 ($111.88)
    General Local Government Support: $985,000 ($22.60)
    Other: $93,000 ($2.13)
    Health and Hospitals: $1,000 ($0.02)
  • Tax - Property: $30,708,000 ($704.44)
    Other Selective Sales: $1,846,000 ($42.35)
    Other License: $992,000 ($22.76)
    Public Utilities Sales: $879,000 ($20.16)

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

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $67,527,000 ($1549.07)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $51,098,000 ($1172.19)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $29,890,000 ($685.68)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $13,461,000 ($308.80)
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $6,126,000 ($140.53)
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $5,881,000 ($134.91)
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $245,000 ($5.62)

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

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $17,384,000 ($398.79)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $35,685,000 ($818.61)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,612,000 ($151.68)

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 Urbandale, IA
NameCountNameCount
Arby's3MasterBrand Cabinets9
AutoZone1Mazda1
BMW1McDonald's1
Big O Tires1Microtel1
Chevrolet1Nike1
Comfort Suites1Panera Bread1
Curves1Pizza Hut1
DHL1Quiznos1
Dairy Queen1Ruby Tuesday1
Decora Cabinetry1Sears1
Domino's Pizza1Sleep Inn1
Extended Stay America1Starbucks2
FedEx8Subaru1
GameStop1Subway2
Goodwill1Super 81
H&R Block2T-Mobile1
Haworth1Target1
Home Depot1U.S. Cellular5
IHOP1UPS16
Jones New York1Vans1
Kmart1Walgreens2
Long John Silver's1Wendy's1

Strongest AM radio stations in Urbandale:

  • 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)
  • KRNT (1350 AM; 5 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KXNO (1460 AM; 5 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • 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.)
  • KWKY (1150 AM; 1 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: PUTBRESE COMMUNICATIONS, LTD.)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KFGQ (1260 AM; 5 kW; BOONE, IA; Owner: BOONE BIBLICAL MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • 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.)
  • WHB (810 AM; 50 kW; KANSAS CITY, MO; Owner: UNION BROADCASTING, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Urbandale:

  • KJJY (92.5 FM; WEST DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KHKI (97.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KIOA (93.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • 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)
  • KWDM (88.7 FM; WEST DES MOINES, IA; Owner: W. DES MOINES COMM. SCHOOL DISTRICT)
  • KGGO (94.9 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • K269EJ (101.7 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA)
  • KJMC (89.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: MINORITY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • KAZR (103.3 FM; PELLA, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KVJZ (106.3 FM; ANKENY, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KDFR (91.3 FM; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • KLTI-FM (104.1 FM; AMES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KRKQ (98.3 FM; BOONE, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • 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.)
  • KZZQ (99.5 FM; WINTERSET, IA; Owner: POSITIVE IMPACT MEDIA, INC.)
  • KDLS-FM (105.5 FM; PERRY, IA; Owner: PERRY BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KKRF (107.9 FM; STUART, IA; Owner: COON VALLEY COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Urbandale:

  • K41DD (Channel 41; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: VENTANA TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WOI-TV (Channel 5; AMES, IA; Owner: CAPITAL COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY, INC.)
  • WBXF-CA (Channel 4; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: THE BOX WORLDWIDE LLC)
  • 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)
  • KRPG-LP (Channel 43; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: TIGER EYE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • K29EA (Channel 29; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: TV-45, INC.)
  • 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.)
Fatal accident count
See more detailed statistics of Urbandale fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 45Number of bridges
  • 499ft / 152mTotal length
  • 1,024,461Total average daily traffic
  • 134,726Total average daily truck traffic
New bridges in Urbandale, IA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 21930-1939
  • 111950-1959
  • 31960-1969
  • 11970-1979
  • 21980-1989
  • 91990-1999
  • 92000-2009
  • 82010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Urbandale, IA
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Urbandale)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 19 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Urbandale, IA)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 18 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 26 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 132 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Urbandale)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers: 3 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Urbandale)
FAA Registered Aircraft: 32 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 4 full and 1 partial tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
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 Value
LOANS ORIGINATED199$147,170224$142,3181,150$148,83581$46,49729$145,1891$20,350
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED8$159,4708$155,338116$148,04810$41,6051$89,9001$14,940
APPLICATIONS DENIED16$160,92122$106,805210$159,72123$25,1726$89,3121$25,020
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN14$129,93814$129,764206$155,70514$35,8615$129,1380$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS4$187,5951$372,50024$153,0610$00$00$0

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0104.01 , 0104.03, 0104.04, 0104.05, 0113.00

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 4 full and 1 partial tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED61$173,98864$175,1301$316,960
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED6$189,57711$173,4740$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED9$153,3339$171,6120$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN2$175,3253$224,7870$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$01$184,2800$0

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0104.01 , 0104.03, 0104.04, 0104.05, 0113.00

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

2002 - 2017 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2002 - 2017 the average number of fire incidents per year is 84. The highest number of fires - 118 took place in 2011, and the least - 9 in 2002. The data has an increasing trend.
    Fire incident types in Urbandale, IA When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Structure Fires (46.5%), and Outside Fires (28.5%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Urbandale, IA
    • 62446.5%Structure Fires
    • 38228.5%Outside Fires
    • 26319.6%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 725.4%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Urbandale, IA

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Urbandale, Iowa:

  • Super 8, 5900 Sutton Dr, Urbandale, Iowa 50322 , Phone: (515) 270-1037, Fax: (515) 270-1295
  • Extended Stay America - Des Moines - Urbandale, 3940 114TH St, Urbandale, Iowa 50322 , Phone: (515) 276-1929, Fax: (515) 276-1565
  • Sleep Inn @ Living History Farms, 11211 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, Iowa 50322 , Phone: (515) 270-2424, Fax: (515) 270-9114
  • Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Des Moines Northwest, 4800 Merle Hay Rd, Urbandale, Iowa 50322 , Phone: (515) 278-4755, Fax: (515) 278-2846
  • Hilton Garden Inn, 8600 Northpark Dr, Urbandale, Iowa 50322 , Phone: (515) 270-8890, Fax: (515) 727-4949
  • Econolodge & Suites, 4755 Merle Hay Rd, Urbandale, Iowa 50322 , Phone: (515) 278-8858, Fax: (515) 974-5098
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 8200 Plum Dr, Urbandale, Iowa 50322 , Phone: (515) 278-9000, Fax: (515) 278-9100
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites, 8661 Plum Dr, Urbandale, Iowa 50322 , Phone: (515) 278-2500, Fax: (515) 278-2550
  • Hampton Inn and Suites Des Moines/Urbandale, 8811 Plum Dr, Urbandale, Iowa 50322 , Phone: (515) 252-7000, Fax: (515) 252-7300
All 9 fire-safe hotels and motels in Urbandale, Iowa
Most common first names in Urbandale, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary16678.8 years
Robert12971.5 years
John12473.6 years
James9372.1 years
William9375.1 years
Helen7482.1 years
Ruth6680.2 years
Dorothy6680.6 years
Charles6177.6 years
Richard5568.8 years
Most common last names in Urbandale, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith6275.9 years
Johnson4475.5 years
Miller3777.6 years
Wilson3181.1 years
Brown3072.2 years
Nelson2871.0 years
Anderson2675.9 years
Davis2575.6 years
Peterson2481.3 years
White2073.8 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Urbandale, IA
  • 81.1%Utility gas
  • 16.8%Electricity
  • 1.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.3%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.2%Other fuel
  • 0.2%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Urbandale, IA
  • 54.1%Electricity
  • 42.4%Utility gas
  • 1.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.3%No fuel used
  • 0.9%Other fuel


Urbandale compared to Iowa 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.

Urbandale on our top lists:

  • #10 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: finance and insurance (population 5,000+)"
  • #21 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Bosnia and Herzegovina (population 500+)"
  • #49 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: finance and insurance (population 5,000+)"
  • #59 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest racial income disparity between any two races with at least 200 householders"
  • #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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