Dallas Center

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Just 20 short miles northwest of Des Moines, Dallas Center is a prairie town, located near the center of Dallas County and has a population of 1900.surrounded by the beauty of farmland. Home to several agricultural research and development companies, Dallas Center offers great jobs and that sought-after small-town feel. Recent investments in quality-of-life features like the expanded library, parks, and other opportunities give residents a place to build community and maintain a healthy work-life balance.


Dallas Center is connected to the 22.1-mile paved north loop of the Raccoon River Valley Trail, which connects to the South Loop that runs all the way to Clive and spans over 90 miles and is a regional destination for enthusiasts. Dallas Center is small enough that many errands can be done on foot, however, most residents use a car. The average one-way commute for Dallas Center residents is 24.1 minutes, which is close to the national average of 26.4.

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If you are looking for a quiet town with friendly people, low crime, less traffic, and affordable properties - but still close to the conveniences of the metro - Dallas Center is a good choice. Dallas Center holds various events throughout the year to bring residents together, including a city-wide garage sale and the annual Fall Festival. The city prides itself on catering to the bike trail community enjoying the Raccoon River Trail, and there are two large parks at either end of the city with amenities like tennis courts, a nine-hole disc golf course, and playground equipment. Dallas Center is served by the highly rated Dallas Center-Grimes School District.


Like many Iowa towns, Dallas Center got its start after the railroad was built through the territory, making it more accessible. The town was platted by Percival & Hatton with the railroad running right through the middle of town and recorded in June of 1868. It was named for United States Vice President George M. Dallas. In time, businesses came to town including a general store, a livery barn, and a doctor. A two-story brick schoolhouse was built in the 1870s with all the most modern amenities and the community proudly employed three teachers. Churches also sprang up, and so did the social organizations that were so important to early Iowa life. Dallas Center continued to thrive through the decades and today, is reinventing itself as a center of science and technology and upgrading its infrastructure to make it a great place to live for decades to come.

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