Demographics & Business Climate

Demographics

  • Urbandale Population: 44,441
  • DSM Metro: 699,292                                                                                  
  • High School Grad or Higher: 95.6%
  • Bachelor's Degree: 58.3%
  • Master's Degree: 17.7%
  • Average Household Income: $90,858 vs. National Average Household Income: $68,703
  • Average Home Value: $226,700 vs. National Average Home Value: $231,000
  • 1/10 Population speak a language other than English
  • Median Age: 38.8
  • Average Commute Time: 17.2 minutes

“Urbandale is centrally located and is easily accessible. It’s also a family-friendly community where you can find all the amenities you want in a city, along with great neighborhoods, schools and businesses.” - Scott Clemmensen, co-owner of the Iowa Buccaneers


Business Climate

  • Low Tax Rate:  Great Service + Low Cost = High Value (Urbandale’s city tax rate is one of the lowest for any city in Iowa over 15,000 population.)
  • Cost of Living Index: 95.2, (U.S. = 100)

Rankings

  • Iowa: #1 State (U.S. News and World Report, 2021)
  • DSM Metro: #7 Best Place to Live in the Country (U.S. News and World Report, 2021)
  • DSM Metro: #2 Safest City in Iowa (U.S. News and World Report, 2021)
  • DSM Metro: #1 Best Place to Live in the Midwest for High Salaries and Low Cost of Living (The Ascent, 2021)

Urbandale Rankings

  • #4 Safest City in Iowa (SafeHome.org, 2021)
  • #5 Best Suburb for Millennials in Iowa (Niche, 2021)

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012-2019 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, CCER 2019, Greater Des Moines Partnership