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Norwalk by the Numbers

Getting Around

Des Moines: 11 miles, about 22 minutes
Des Moines Int'l Airport: 6.2 miles, about 12 minutes
Iowa City: 127 miles, about 2 hours


Population: 11,938
Zip code: 50211
County: Warren & Polk
Median home value: $268,900

Spotlights of Norwalk

Legacy Golf Club

The world-renowned Legacy Golf Club and the surrounding neighborhood feature 18 PGA-caliber holes, over 900 residences at every price point, and an increasing variety of commercial opportunities. It's easily one of Norwalk's most popular communities!

Great Western Trail

Hike, bike, run, walk, or cross-country ski the Great Western Trail, a 19-mile greenway that traverses its namesake railroad line. The trail winds between Des Moines and Martensdale, and it also connects to the Bill Riley Trail.

Downtown Norwalk

Don't be fooled by Downtown Norwalk's size—this commercial district packs a lot of charm! Head to Main Street to explore a variety of small shops and restaurants, as well as the nearby Norwalk-McAninch Sports Complex.

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What You'll LOVE in Norwalk

Norwalk's ideal location just south of Des Moines means it's close to plenty of big-city opportunities—but this growing town has ample Midwestern charm of its own. In fact, it's also been ranked as one of the safest cities in Iowa for five years running! Here are some of our favorite things about living in Norwalk.

Top-notch parks and recreation

If your idea of fun involves exploring local greenways, unwinding at the local park, or just taking in the beauty of nature, Norwalk is the community for you. Here, residents can enjoy ten parks (including an off-leash dog park), an aquatic center, sports courts, and even an outdoor ice skating rink.

Love golfing? You're in luck—Norwalk has three championship golf courses: Echo Valley Country Club, Warrior Run Golf Course, and Legacy Golf Club.

Plentiful shopping & dining

Norwalk might be just minutes from the excitement of Des Moines, but this small town has its own unique culinary and retail scene that's worth scoping out. For all of your everyday needs, Norwalk has its own grocery, hardware, and discount stores, as well as a few gas stations and convenience marts.

Once you work up an appetite, be sure to try out one of the area's top eateries. Locals often recommend 804 Main Bar & Grill, Winn's Pizza and Steakhouse, or a sweet treat from Wendy's Ice Cream Shop. 

Top-notch public schools

Norwalk public school students attend Norwalk Community Schools, which educates over 3,200 children and operates five institutions across town. The district boats a low 17:1 student-to-teacher ratio, as well as a high graduation rate of 97%. To top it all off, over 80% of NCS students are proficient in reading and math.

Norwalk is also home to a few private schools, including Main Street School and Norwalk Christian Academy.

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Ready to Find a Home in Norwalk?

Norwalk is a growing community 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! 

Want to sell your Norwalk home for top dollar? We can help with that, too! 

This IDX is provided exclusively for consumers' non-commercial use. The information is deemed reliable, but is not guaranteed accurate by the MLS.

Data last updated 06/17/24 10:58 AM.