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Johnston by the Numbers

Getting Around

Des Moines: 10 miles, about 18 minutes
Des Moines Int'l Airport: 22 miles, about 26 minutes
Iowa City: 116 miles, about 1 hour, 45 minutes


Population: 22,582
Zip code: 50131
County: Polk
Median home value: $311,200

Spotlights of Johnston

Terra Lake & Park

Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life at Terra Park, a beautiful green space that boasts its own sparkling lake. Here, you can fish for rainbow trout, hike along winding trails, or attend one of the park's many year-round concerts.

Iowa Gold Star Military Museum

The Iowa Golf Star Military Museum pays homage to Johnston's (and the entire state's!) unique history. Come learn more about every major American war, explore perfectly preserved fighter planes, and take in more than 30,000 square feet of exhibits.

Downtown Johnston

Looking for the perfect place to shop, dine, or just get to know the Johnston area? Head to Merle Hay Road to scope out the city's countless attractions, as well as a few parks and everyday conveniences. Merle Hay Road will also be the future home of Johnston Town Center.

Johnston Attractions

What You'll LOVE in Johnston

Don't be fooled by Johnston's small-town locale—this growing community is just minutes away from Des Moines, Urbandale, and the Camp Dodge military installation. However, you won't have to go into the city to access your everyday conveniences! Explore all Johnston has to offer! Fantastic schools, a wealth of retail and culinary hotspots, and ample career opportunities make Johnston the perfect place to call home.

Lush parks and green spaces

If you love spending time on the water or getting in touch with nature, Johnston is the ideal for you. In total, Johnston has more than 40 miles of trails, nearly a dozen parks, and its own community center.

As one of the town's most popular attractions, Saylorville Lake boasts an ideal location on the banks of the Des Moines River. This 26,000-acre reservoir can be used for boating, fishing, wildlife watching, and much more. Other local favorites include Lew Clarkson Park, Dewey Park, and the Sycamore Trails.

Ample shopping & dining

You'll never have to stray far from Johnston to find anything you need. In fact, this town features hundreds of local and big-box businesses, many of which are conveniently located off of Merle Hay Road. The aptly named Merle Hay Mall has its own bowling alley and movie theater, while Haymarket Square features a Big Lots and other chain stores.

Once you've worked up an appetite, spend some time sampling the delicious flavors of Johnston. Trostel's Greenbriar is known for its updated American fare and long wine list. For a more low-key meal, try Jethro's BBQ n' Pork Chop Grill.

Top-notch public schools

Children living in Johnston are served by Johnston Community School District, which educates over 7,000 students in the area. In total, the district operates one high school, two middle schools, five elementary schools, and one preschool. Some children also attend private schools in nearby Urbandale or Des Moines.

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Johnston is a growing town with a whole lot to offer, and we'd love to help you find the home of your dreams. Get in touch with VIA Group Realtors to begin your search for the perfect place. We're always here to answer your questions about life and real estate in the Des Moines area! 

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