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Clive is a suburb of Des Moines known for its Greenbelt Park and Trail system that links many amenities, blending the advantages of a city with the feel of being almost in the country. This midwestern suburb is on the western edge of the greater Des Moines Metropolitan area, between Urbandale to the north and West Des Moines to the south in Dallas and Polk Counties. Noted for its lower property tax rates and top-notch housing developments, Clive welcomes new residents and new businesses, exemplifying the spirit of ‘Iowa Nice’.


Area residents enjoy the Clive Greenbelt Trail, an 11.3-mile urban recreational trail which runs from the Windsor Heights neighborhood to Lions Park in Waukee. Many of the city’s amenities are accessible from the trail including parks, libraries, and the aquatic center. The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) serves Clive with 4 local routes. The average one-way commute for Clive residents is 17.68 minutes, well below the national average of 26.4.

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Clive residents will tell you, ‘It’s such a wonderful city!’ They enjoy year-round activities that bring people together like Santa driving through streets in December, handing out candy canes and good cheer; or summertime music festivals, fireworks, and food trucks. They also enjoy the city’s focus on sustainability that brings in goats to eat weeds, builds systems to capture water runoff, and a city-wide tree planting effort. But most of all, Clive residents like that people are out and about in their neighborhoods, looking out for one another, and enjoying life.


Before European settlers arrived, the area around Clive was home to the Iowa, Sac, and Meskwaki people who lived and travelled along Walnut Creek. In 1870, the area now known as Clive was part of the Flynn Farm and was platted the next year and developed by Des Moines businessmen Jefferson Polk and Frederick Hubbell who worked to bring the railroad to Clive. Early Clive had about 20 families and was a coal mining town and railroad center surrounded by farms. Clive officially became a city in 1956 and has been steadily growing since, aided by the development of the I-235 freeway that passes through Clive to West Des Moines and Urbandale. Today, Clive is a residential suburb of the Des Moines Metro.

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