Living in Johnston, Iowa Johnston Community Guide


    About Johnston

    Johnston, Iowa is a happy and thriving community. It ranks 19% higher than the national average when it comes to overall quality of life.

    From 2000 to 2010, the population of Johnston, Iowa experienced a nearly 100% increase. Thanks to the businesses that call Johnston home, the local economy has remained strong through the years.

    Among the many thriving businesses in the community are the Pioneer Hi-Bred Seeds headquarters and the Des Moines Weather Forecast Office of the National Weather Service.

    In addition to the city’s corporate presence, it also contains a couple of Iowa’s historical landmarks. Camp Dodge, the headquarters of the Iowa National Guard, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Paul J. and Ida Trier House are located in Johnston.


    residents of Johnston, Iowa

    Who Lives in Johnston

    According to the 2016 census, Johnston’s population is 20,460. For nearly two decades, the population has experienced continual growth. And the growth isn’t projected to slow down. Johnston’s community is projected to increase to 27,135 people by 2030.

    Of Johnston’s 20,000+ residents, the average household income is $115,348. Its population is comprised of 90.8% White, 3.9% Asian, and 2.17% Hispanic.

    Similar to many nearby communities, Johnston places a strong emphasis on education. 70% of the adult residents are high school graduates or higher.



    Real estate in Johnston, Iowa

    Real Estate in Johnston, Iowa

    The city of Johnston has a total area of 18.37 square miles. A portion of the city limits includes part of the Saylorville Reservoir.

    It’s bordered on the east by the Des Moines River. On the south, the city is bordered by Interstate 80 and on the west, the city extends a half mile east of Highway 141.

    The median home value in Johnston is $272,500. Home values have risen 3.8% over the past year. The median list price per square foot in Johnston is $164. The median price of homes currently listed in Johnston is $324,900.



    Johnston high school football


    Johnston has made Time Money’s Best Places list twice. According to Money, it has received this recognition “because of its award-winning schools, which consistently tout some of the highest levels of student proficiency and high school graduation in the state.”

    In 2010, President Obama’s National Teacher of the Year was a Johnston High School English teacher.

    According to U.S. News, Johnston Senior High School is ranked 9th within the state of Iowa. The high school maintains a 96% graduation rate.



    Johnston public playground

    Recreation in Johnston

    With the Des Moines River bordering the east, convenient access to Interstate 80, and the nearby Saylorville Reservoir, Johnston provides plenty of recreational opportunities.


    Trails: site for all trails in area

    Bill Riley Trail

    Chichaqua Valley Trail

    Clive Green Belt

    High Trestle Trail


    State Parks:

    Big Creek State Park

    Saylorville Recreation Area

    Thomas Mitchell State Park

    Ledges State Park


    City Parks: city parks website

    Adventure Ridge Park – Located west of NW 100th Street on Windsor Parkway

    Beaver Creek Natural Resources Area – Accessed through Crown Point, Terra Park, and Creekside Park trails

    Ceres Lake – Green space and a small lake, located north of the Green Meadows Greenbelt

    Crosshaven Park – Located in the Crosshaven neighborhood on the city’s northwest side (at the far east side of the development near Beaver Creek)

    Crown Point Community Center – 6300 Pioneer Parkway 

    Dewey Park – NW 64th Place

    Green Meadows Greenbelt – Located between S Winwood Drive and Columbine Drive

    Johnston Commons – On the west side of Merle Hay Road and Northglenn Drive

    Lew Clarkson Park (formerly Creekside Park) – NW 54th Avenue

    Morningside Park – Morningside Drive, east of Merle Hay Road

    Pointe Vista Park – 9612 Enfield Drive

    Prairie Point Crossing – Johnston Drive, east of Merle Hay Road

    Providence Point Park – 10325 Catalina Drive

    Ray Schleihs Park (formerly NW 55th Ave Park) – East of Merle Hay Road on NW 55th Avenue

    Rittgers’ Oaks – Corner of Merle Hay Road and NW Beaver Drive

    Simpson Barn – 6169 Northglenn Drive, next to Johnston Public Library 

    Terra Park – 6300 Pioneer Parkway


    Fitness Centers:

    Anytime Fitness

    Farrell’s Extreme Body Shaping

    Kosama Group Fitness

    Life Time Fitness

    Orangetheory Fitness

    Planet Fitness



    Johnston Green Days Parade

    Entertainment in Johnston

    Johnston’s community provides events throughout the year. Movies in the park, yoga by the lake, and Johnston Green Days are just a few ways the community fills its social calendar. There are many entertainment and shopping venues within the community.


    Annual events: Johnston Community Calendar

    Farmers Market

    Johnston Green Days

    City of Johnston upcoming events



    AMC Classic Johnston 16 movie theatre

    Beaver Creek Golf Course

    CrossRoads Shooting Sports

    Hyperion Country Club

    Range Golf + Grill

    Walnut Ridge Recreation Disc Golf Course



    Bella Salon & Spa

    Heartland Soles

    Johnston Bait & Tackle

    Mark’s Dancewear

    Merle Hay Mall

    Piney Ridge Greenhouse

    Sawdust & Stain



    Greenbriar Restaurant in Johnston, Iowa

    Restaurants in Johnston

    With convenient access to Interstate 80, many restaurants around the Des Moines metro are accessible from Johnston. But Johnston residents have plenty of options to choose from in their own front yard.


    Cozy Cafe

    Cupcake Addict

    Jethro’s Pork Chop Grill

    Mandarin Noodle House

    Pagliai’s Pizza

    ShortE’s BBQ

    Texas Roadhouse

    Trostel’s Greenbriar

    Van Dee’s Ice Cream Shoppe

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