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Johnston is a city in Polk Countymarker, Iowamarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 8,649 at the 2000 census; the United States Census Bureau estimated that 15,691 residents lived there in 2008. It is part of the Des MoinesmarkerWest Des Moinesmarker Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Johnston is the location of the headquarters of Pioneer Hi-Bred Seeds, Iowa Public Television, and The Gardeners of America/Men's Garden Clubs of America. The Camp Dodge Military Reservation is also located here.


Johnston was established in 1905 as a station on the interurban railway between Des Moinesmarker and Perrymarker known as Johnston Station. It was named for the railway's freight supervisor, John F. Johnston.

Incorporation did not come until September 18, 1969. At the time, the Johnston Station area did not become part of the incorporated city because of a state law that prevented a town within three miles (5 km) of another city from incorporating. The neighboring cities of Des Moinesmarker and Urbandalemarker were also interested in that land, but in April 1970, Johnston and Urbandale reached an agreement that allowed Johnston to annex the Johnston Station area.


Johnston is located at (41.671337, -93.705800) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.5 square miles (40.1 km²), of which, 14.4 square miles (37.2 km²) of it is land and 1.1 square miles (3.0 km²) of it (7.36%) is water.

The city is bordered on the east by the Des Moines River and the city's area includes part of Saylorville Reservoir. On the south the city is bordered by Interstate 80 and on the west the city limits extend to a half mile east of Highway 141. The city is bisected by Beaver Creek, which flows southerly through the city until it nearly reaches Interstate 80, at which point the course turn easterly and flows to the Des Moines River.


As of the census of 2000, there were 8,649 people, 3,216 households, and 2,318 families residing in the city. The population density was 602.8 people per square mile (232.7/km²). There were 3,406 housing units at an average density of 237.4/sq mi (91.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.20% White, 0.58% African American, 0.10% Native American, 2.00% Asian, 0.49% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.53% of the population.

There were 3,216 households out of which 39.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.1% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.9% were non-families. 23.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.7% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 31.6% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $76,094, and the median income for a family was $97,322. Males had a median income of $61,585 versus $36,008 for females. The per capita income for the city was $36,407. About 2.0% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.


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