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Time Zone: Polk County lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Des Moines is the Seat for Polk County. Des Moines is also the capital of Iowa.

Polk County was founded January 13, 1846.

From the Census Estimates for 2019, <1> Polk had a population of 491,031 people. This is an increase of 14.02% since the last Census (which gave a population of 430,640 people in 2010).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Polk represented 14.14% of the total population of Iowa.

Below are some of the communities located in Polk County:

  • Alleman
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    • Population from the 2020 Census: 447 people
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  • Altoona
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    • Population from the 2020 Census: 19,503 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Altoona have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Ankeny
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    • Population from the 2020 Census: 70,068 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ankeny have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Bondurant
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    • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,293 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bondurant have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Carlisle
  • Clive
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    • Population from the 2020 Census: 17,444 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clive have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Des Moines
  • Elkhart
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    • Grimes
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      • Population from the 2020 Census: 15,831 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grimes have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Johnston
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      • Population from the 2020 Census: 23,092 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Johnston have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Mitchellville
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      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,273 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mitchellville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Norwalk
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      • Population from the 2020 Census: 12,449 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Norwalk have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Pleasant Hill
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      • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,025 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pleasant Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Polk City
    • Runnells
    • Sheldahl
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      • Population from the 2020 Census: 325 people
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    • Urbandale
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      • Population from the 2020 Census: 44,650 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Urbandale have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • West Des Moines
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      • Population from the 2020 Census: 69,057 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Des Moines have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Windsor Heights
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      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,735 people
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Websites of Interest ...

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • At this time (Dec 2022), GenDisasters website is currently offline due to a hacker attack. Hopefully they will be back soon.

Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2010 Census and the next count will be for the 2020 Census.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.

 

 

 

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