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Grimes, Iowa
Motto(s): 
"Your hometown. Your lifestyle."
Location of Grimes, Iowa
Location of Grimes, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
Counties Polk, Dallas
Area
 • Total 12.01 sq mi (31.11 km2)
 • Land 11.99 sq mi (31.07 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation
955 ft (291 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 15,392
 • Density 1,283.20/sq mi (495.46/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
50111
Area code(s) 515 Exchange: 986
FIPS code 19-33060
GNIS feature ID 0457148

Grimes is a city in Dallas and Polk counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 15,392 at the time of the 2020 Census. Grimes is part of the Des Moines metropolitan area.

History

Grimes incorporated as a city on May 7, 1894. It is named after James W. Grimes, former senator and third governor of the state of Iowa.

Geography

Grimes is located at 41°40′59″N 93°47′4″W / 41.68306°N 93.78444°W / 41.68306; -93.78444 (41.682939, -93.784438).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.87 square miles (30.74 km2), of which, 11.84 square miles (30.67 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.

Climate

Climate data for Grimes, Iowa
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 67
(19.4)
69
(20.6)
90
(32.2)
93
(33.9)
99
(37.2)
102
(38.9)
105
(40.6)
106
(41.1)
99
(37.2)
94
(34.4)
83
(28.3)
70
(21.1)
106
(-17.8)
Average high °F (°C) 31
(-0.6)
36
(2.2)
48
(8.9)
62
(16.7)
73
(22.8)
82
(27.8)
87
(30.6)
85
(29.4)
77
(25)
64
(17.8)
48
(8.9)
34
(1.1)
60.6
(15.88)
Daily mean °F (°C) 21
(-6.1)
26
(-3.3)
37
(2.8)
50
(10)
62
(16.7)
71
(21.7)
76
(24.4)
73
(22.8)
65
(18.3)
52
(11.1)
38
(3.3)
25
(-3.9)
49.7
(9.81)
Average low °F (°C) 11
(-11.7)
15
(-9.4)
26
(-3.3)
38
(3.3)
50
(10)
60
(15.6)
64
(17.8)
61
(16.1)
52
(11.1)
39
(3.9)
28
(-2.2)
15
(-9.4)
38.3
(3.47)
Record low °F (°C) -28
(-33.3)
-34
(-36.7)
-23
(-30.6)
8
(-13.3)
26
(-3.3)
40
(4.4)
43
(6.1)
35
(1.7)
22
(-5.6)
12
(-11.1)
-9
(-22.8)
-25
(-31.7)
-34
(-17.8)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.9
(23)
1.0
(25)
2.2
(56)
3.7
(94)
4.9
(124)
5.1
(130)
5.1
(130)
4.4
(112)
3.1
(79)
2.5
(64)
2.0
(51)
1.2
(30)
36.1
(917)
Source: weather.com

Demographics

Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1900 186 —    
1910 733 +294.1%
1920 524 −28.5%
1930 468 −10.7%
1940 489 +4.5%
1950 582 +19.0%
1960 697 +19.8%
1970 834 +19.7%
1980 1,973 +136.6%
1990 2,653 +34.5%
2000 5,098 +92.2%
2010 8,246 +61.7%
2020 15,392 +86.7%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
Source:
U.S. Decennial Census
GrimesIowaPopPlot
The population of Grimes, Iowa from US census data

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 8,246 people, 3,115 households, and 2,222 families living in the city. The population density was 696.5 inhabitants per square mile (268.9/km2). There were 3,272 housing units at an average density of 276.4 per square mile (106.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.0% White, 1.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.7% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.

There were 3,115 households, of which 44.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.7% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.7% were non-families. 21.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.15.

The median age in the city was 31.1 years. 31.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 36.7% were from 25 to 44; 20.4% were from 45 to 64; and 5.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.3% male and 50.7% female.

Parks and recreation

Grimes has several parks. The main park is Water Works Park, where the public library is also located. A relatively new sports park is now located at the south end of Grimes. It includes a skate park, soccer fields, and baseball fields. Other parks in Grimes include: The Grimes Sports Complex, The Grimes Community Complex, Autumn Park, Beaverbrooke Park, Shawyer Park, North Pointe ParkG, Glenstone Park

Economy

Japanese animation distributor and online retailer The Right Stuf International is headquartered in Grimes. The company occupies a 76,000-square-foot (7,100 m2) office and distribution center.

Education

Grimes, along with Dallas Center, forms the Dallas Center–Grimes Community School District system which draws students from both Polk and Dallas County. The high school (grades 10 through 12) and Meadows (grades 8 and 9) form a campus located inside Grimes, and a middle school (grades 6 and 7) in Dallas Center. The district also has 4 elementary schools, South Prairie Elementary, North Ridge Elementary, and Heritage Elementary, which are all in Grimes, along with Dallas Center Elementary, which resides is Dallas Center. The school mascots are the Mustangs and the Fillies, and the colors are red and white.

Portions of the community of Grimes are also served by the Johnston Community School District. Primarily, areas within the Johnston district, but within the official Grimes city limits are those areas on the east side of Iowa Highway 141 (a.k.a. S.E. Grimes Boulevard).

Notable people

  • Brandon Fricke, soccer player
  • Paige Lowary, retired softball pitcher
  • Brett Moffitt, NASCAR driver
  • Inez Scott Ryberg, academic and archeologist
  • Tony Watson, MLB pitcher
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