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Urbandale is a city in Polkmarker and Dallasmarker counties in the U.S. state of Iowamarker. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 29,072; a special census taken by the city in 2005 counted 35,904 residents and the United States Census Bureau estimated that 38,369 residents lived there in 2008. It is part of the Des MoinesmarkerWest Des Moinesmarker Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Urbandale incorporated as a city on April 16, 1917. In its early days Urbandale served as a streetcar suburb of Des Moinesmarker with four coal mines. Urbandale served as the end of the "Urbandale Line" after plans to build a railroad from Des Moines to Woodwardmarker were abandoned because of right-of-way issues. The coal mines had closed by the end of the 1940s while streetcar service ended in 1951.

In 1920, shortly after the city incorporated, Urbandale had 298 people. Its population in 1950 was 1,777, but the city grew rapidly after that along with the rest of Des Moines' suburbs. By 1970 Urbandale had 14,434 people, and in 2000 it had 29,072. Although most of the city's developed area is in Polk County, Urbandale has expanded westward into Dallas County in recent years.

While Urbandale is primarily a residential city, other development has increased in recent years, particularly in industrial parks along I-35/I-80. Urbandale also features 850 acres (3.4 km²) of parks and 33 miles (53 km) of recreational trails that connect to other trails in the Des Moines area.

Urbandale is also the home of Living History Farmsmarker, where Pope John Paul II spoke to a crowd estimated at 350,000 on October 4, 1979; Buccaneer Arenamarker, home to the Des Moines Buccaneers hockey team; and the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), which oversees operations for its multi-state games, although Powerball is now drawn in Florida.

In July 2005, Money magazine ranked Urbandale 53rd on its list of the "100 Best Places to Live" in the United States. The July 2006 Money Magazine list dropped the city from the list. Urbandale reappeared on the list in the July 2007 issue of Money Magazine as the 39th best place to live.

A September 2008 Business Week magazine survey ranks Urbandale 12th among the nation’s top 20 communities likely to face trouble ahead from the still-brewing Wall Street financial crises. This is due to the large number of mortgage and banking based facilities in the city.


Urbandale uses the council-manager form of government. The city council consists of the mayor and five council members, all of which are elected to four-year terms.


Urbandale is located at (41.636421, -93.736121) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.7 square miles (53.7 km²), of which, 20.7 square miles (53.6 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.10%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 29,072 people, 11,484 households, and 8,038 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,404.9 people per square mile (542.5/km²). There were 11,869 housing units at an average density of 573.6/sq mi (221.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.18% White, 1.53% African American, 0.09% Native American, 1.73% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.51% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.60% of the population.

There were 11,484 households out of which 35.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.7% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 93.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $59,744, and the median income for a family was $70,548 (these figures had risen to $69,269 and $86,885 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $45,470 versus $32,631 for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,021. About 2.5% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.


The Urbandale Community School District consists of six elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school (Urbandale High Schoolmarker. Portions of Urbandale are also in the Dallas Centermarker-Grimesmarker, Des Moinesmarker, Johnstonmarker, Waukeemarker, and West Des Moinesmarker school districts.



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