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Dallas Center, Iowa
"Quietly Progressive"
Location of Dallas Center, Iowa
Location of Dallas Center, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Dallas
 • Total 5.28 sq mi (13.66 km2)
 • Land 5.28 sq mi (13.66 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,070 ft (326 m)
 • Total 1,901
 • Density 360.38/sq mi (139.15/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 515
FIPS code 19-18255
GNIS feature ID 0455777

Dallas Center is a city in Dallas County, Iowa, United States. The population was 1,901 during the 2020 census. It is part of the Des MoinesWest Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Dallas Center had its start in the year 1869 by the building of the railroad through that territory. It was named for Vice President George M. Dallas.

Dallas Center was incorporated on March 22, 1880.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.58 square miles (11.86 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.


Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1870 133 —    
1880 450 +238.3%
1890 445 −1.1%
1900 625 +40.4%
1910 769 +23.0%
1920 864 +12.4%
1930 852 −1.4%
1940 865 +1.5%
1950 944 +9.1%
1960 1,083 +14.7%
1970 1,128 +4.2%
1980 1,360 +20.6%
1990 1,454 +6.9%
2000 1,595 +9.7%
2010 1,623 +1.8%
2020 1,901 +17.1%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
U.S. Decennial Census
Dallas CenterIowaPopPlot
The population of Dallas Center, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,623 people, 630 households, and 434 families residing in the city. The population density was 354.4 inhabitants per square mile (136.8/km2). There were 669 housing units at an average density of 146.1 per square mile (56.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.2% White, 0.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.

There were 630 households, of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.8% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 31.1% were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.03.

The median age in the city was 40.1 years. 26.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.8% were from 25 to 44; 26.9% were from 45 to 64; and 17.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

Parks and recreation

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.

During the summer, the Lena Moser Memorial Swimming Pool is open daily.

In 2009, the 33.1-mile (53.3 km) paved north loop of the Raccoon River Valley Trail (RRVT) added Dallas Center, Minburn, Perry, Dawson and Jamaica as new trailheads. The original Raccoon River Valley Trail, now known as the south loop, is a 56-mile (90 km) paved 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. The RRVT is nearly 90 miles (140 km) of paved trails with a paved interior loop of more than 72 miles (116 km). The shaded trailhead in Dallas Center is at 14th and Walnut and has seasonal restroom facilities, a water fountain, bicycle racks, several benches, and a picnic table.


The city of Dallas Center is joined with the city of Grimes to make the school district of Dallas Center–Grimes Community School District. The district consists of a high school (10–12 grades) and a junior high called Meadows (9) located just inside Grimes, a middle school (5-6) in Dallas Center+ 7-8 Building in Grimes the Dallas Center Elementary School (K-5) in Dallas Center, and the South Prairie Elementary (K–5) and North Ridge Elementary (K–4 Because a new 7-8 building opens for 21-22 school yr),Heritage Elementary which are all in Grimes. The school mascots are the Mustangs and their colors are red and white.

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