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Welcome to Grimes ...

The city of Grimes is primarily located in Polk County<1>. A portion of Grimes extends into Dallas County.



While we don't have a date for the founding of Grimes, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1882.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Grimes has a population of 14,817 people<2> (see below for details).

Grimes is 970 feet [296 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

The telephone area code for Grimes: (515)

The ZIP code for Grimes: 50111<4>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Grimes had an population of 14,817 people. This is an increase of 79.69% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 190.64% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Grimes had a population of 8,246 people. This makes Grimes the county's 9th most populous community.

The population of Grimes represents 0.27% of the total population of Iowa (which has 3,046,355 people), making it the state's 47th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 8,246 people, the population of Grimes increased 61.75% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 5,098 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Grimes.

Communities Also Named Grimes ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 12 communities that are also named Grimes - they are located in Alabama (2), California, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas (2) and Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Grimes.

Communities near Grimes ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Grimes.

  • Des Moines
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the southeast)
  • Ankeny
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ankeny have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ankeny
    • Ankeny is located in Polk County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 70,068 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ankeny <5>
  • West Des Moines
    (9 miles [14.5 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Des Moines have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Des Moines
    • West Des Moines is located in Polk County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 69,057 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for West Des Moines <5>
  • Waukee
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the southwest)
  • Altoona
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Altoona have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Altoona
    • Altoona is located in Polk County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 19,503 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Altoona <5>
  • Norwalk
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Norwalk have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Norwalk
    • Norwalk is located in Polk County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 12,449 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Norwalk <5>
  • Pleasant Hill
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pleasant Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pleasant Hill
    • Pleasant Hill is located in Polk County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 10,025 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pleasant Hill <5>
  • Perry
    (18 miles [29 km] to the northwest)
  • Bondurant
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bondurant have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bondurant
    • Bondurant is located in Polk County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,293 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bondurant <5>
  • Adel
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Adel have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Adel
    • Adel is located in Dallas County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,607 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Adel <5>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Grimes. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Grimes.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Grimes. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Grimes.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Grimes. See our Newspapers Page for Grimes.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Grimes ...

Looking for more information about Grimes? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Grimes, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Grimes.

Adding Grimes to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Grimes in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Grimes was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<7>

From that list, the Grimes post office opened in 1882.

We also found Grimes in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Grimes.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Grimes. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Polk County: www.co.polk.ia.us/

The official website for State of Iowa: https://www.iowa.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Iowa's counties, including Polk, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Grimes.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Grimes - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Grimes). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Grimes or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>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.
<7>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:

      https://cblevins.github.io/us-post-offices/data-biography/









 

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