Living in Johnston, Iowa Johnston Community Guide
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.
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
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 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.
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
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
Kosama Group Fitness
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
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.