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Dallas Center is a city in Dallas Countymarker, Iowamarker, USAmarker. The population was 1,595 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Des MoinesmarkerWest Des Moinesmarker Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Dallas Center is located at (41.684342, -93.960884) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11.4 km²), all of it land.

Dallas Center is located 20 miles (32 km) west-northwest of Des Moines and nine miles (14 km) west of Grimes.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,595 people, 591 households, and 433 families residing in the city. The population density was 361.0 people per square mile (139.3/km²). There were 616 housing units at an average density of 139.4/sq mi (53.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.50% White, 0.31% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.69% from other races, and 0.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.63% of the population.

There were 591 households out of which 37.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.8% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.6% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 17.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $52,883, and the median income for a family was $56,250. Males had a median income of $34,583 versus $26,055 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,038. About 2.9% of families and 4.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.6% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.


The city of Dallas Center is joined with the city of Grimesmarker to make the school district of Dallas Center-Grimes Community School District. The district consists of a high school (9-12 grades) located just outside of Grimes, a middle school (6-8 grades) in Dallas Center, and an elementary school (K-5) in each town. The school mascots are the Mustangs (for boys' teams) and Fillies (for girls' teams) and their colors are red and white.

Parks and trails

The city has two large parks located at each end of the city. Mound park, located on the west, includes sand volleyball courts, a gazebo, shelters, tennis court, playground equipment, and a rollerskating rink which is operational during the summer months. Memorial Park, on the east, contains playground equipment, lots of open space for flying kites, letting dogs run, a 9 hole disc golf course, and a basketball area.

In 2009, a new 33-mile "North Loop" of the Raccoon River Valley Trail will be completed, adding Dallas Center, Minburn, Perry, Dawson and Jamaica as new trailside communities of the RRVT. ( The Raccoon River Valley Trail is presently a 56-mile multi-use recreational trail which reaches from the Clive Greenbelt Trail to Jefferson, and passes through Clive, Urbandale, Waukee, Adel, Redfield, Linden, Panora, Yale, Herndon, and Cooper.)


Every August, Dallas Center sponsors an annual Fall Festival.



Current mayor (as of October 2006):
  • Mitch Hambleton

City Council

Current members of City Council (as of July 2008):
  • Kim Cross
  • Bill Ellerman
  • Alex MacConnell
  • Gary Stevens
  • Dan Willrich

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