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Pleasant Hill, Iowa
Pleasant Hill's water tower, with the city logo
Pleasant Hill's water tower, with the city logo
Location of Pleasant Hill, Iowa
Location of Pleasant Hill, Iowa
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Polk
 • Total 10.85 sq mi (28.09 km2)
 • Land 10.48 sq mi (27.13 km2)
 • Water 0.37 sq mi (0.96 km2)
876 ft (267 m)
 • Total 10,147
 • Density 968.59/sq mi (373.98/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
50317, 50327
Area code(s) 515
FIPS code 19-63525
GNIS feature ID 0460234

Pleasant Hill is a city in Polk County, Iowa, United States. The population was 10,147 at the time of the 2020 census. It is part of the Des MoinesWest Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of July 2005, Pleasant Hill was assigned a ZIP code, 50327.


Pleasant Hill incorporated as a city on May 12, 1956.


Pleasant Hill is located at 41°35′09″N 93°30′47″W / 41.585934°N 93.513028°W / 41.585934; -93.513028 (41.585934, -93.513028).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.29 square miles (24.06 km2), of which, 9.15 square miles (23.70 km2) is land and 0.14 square miles (0.36 km2) is water.


Historical populations
Year Pop. ±%
1960 397 —    
1970 1,535 +286.6%
1980 3,493 +127.6%
1990 3,671 +5.1%
2000 5,070 +38.1%
2010 8,785 +73.3%
2020 10,147 +15.5%
Source: and Iowa Data Center
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 8,785 people, 3,395 households, and 2,426 families residing in the city. The population density was 960.1 inhabitants per square mile (370.7/km2). There were 3,587 housing units at an average density of 392.0 per square mile (151.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.0% White, 2.7% African American, 0.3% Native American, 2.5% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.5% of the population.

There were 3,395 households, of which 38.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.5% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.02.

The median age in the city was 35.1 years. 27.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 29.3% were from 25 to 44; 24.4% were from 45 to 64; and 11.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.8% male and 53.2% female.

1983 Explosion

On November 20, 1983, an explosion of an explosives storage bunker just south of Pleasant Hill occurred. Reports were that two teenagers were hunting around the area. One of the teenagers may have shot a bullet from a hill which penetrated the bunker ceiling, which is the probable cause of the explosion. The two teenagers were killed in the explosion leaving only small pieces of shirts. The explosion was felt 45 miles away from the site. At least 25 homes within a mile radius of the explosion suffered damage, doors and windows were blown out, ceilings fell and housed were knocked off their foundations, police said. One house, 300 yards directly up the valley from the shack, suffered a 1-inch-wide crack the entire width of its basement wall.


Most of Pleasant Hill is part of the Des Moines Public School District, while newer portions of the city are in the Southeast Polk Community School District. The Des Moines district's Pleasant Hill Elementary School and Southeast Polk's Four Mile Elementary School and Southeast Polk Junior and Senior High Schools are located in Pleasant Hill.

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