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Pleasant Hill, Iowa
—  City  —
Location of Pleasant Hill, Iowa
Coordinates: 41°35′9″N 93°30′47″W / 41.58583°N 93.51306°W / 41.58583; -93.51306Coordinates: 41°35′9″N 93°30′47″W / 41.58583°N 93.51306°W / 41.58583; -93.51306
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Polk
 - Total 7.9 sq mi (20.6 km2)
 - Land 7.8 sq mi (20.3 km2)
 - Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 876 ft (267 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 5,070
 - Density 647.1/sq mi (249.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 50317, 50327
Area code(s) 515
FIPS code 19-63525
GNIS feature ID 0460234

Pleasant Hill is a city in Polk County, Iowa, United States. The population was 5,070 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Des MoinesWest Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area. The waterpark White Water University is located in Pleasant Hill, as is part of Festival Park. As of July, 2005, Pleasant Hill has been given a US Postal code, 50327.



Pleasant Hill incorporated as a city on May 12, 1956.[1]


Pleasant Hill is located at 41°35′09″N 93°30′47″W / 41.585934°N 93.513028°W / 41.585934; -93.513028 (41.585934, -93.513028).[2]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.9 square miles (20.6 km2), of which, 7.8 square miles (20.3 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km2) of it (1.39%) is water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 5,070 people, 1,900 households, and 1,451 families residing in the city. The population density was 647.1 people per square mile (249.7/km2). There were 1,966 housing units at an average density of 250.9/sq mi (96.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.03% White, 0.79% African American, 0.28% Native American, 1.74% Asian, 0.24% Pacific Islander, 1.12% from other races, and 0.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.43% of the population.

There were 1,900 households out of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.4% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.6% were non-families. 18.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 31.7% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 9.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $60,694, and the median income for a family was $68,889. Males had a median income of $42,450 versus $29,697 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,316. About 0.6% of families and 1.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.


Most of Pleasant Hill is part of the Des Moines Public School District, while newer portions of the city are in the Southeast Polk Community School District. The Des Moines district's Pleasant Hill Elementary School and Southeast Polk's Four Mile Elementary School and Southeast Polk Junior and Senior High Schools are located in Pleasant Hill.

1983 Explosion

On November 20th, 1983, an explosion of an explosives storage bunker just south of Pleasant Hill occurred. Reports were that two teenagers were hunting around the area. One of the teenagers may have shot a bullet from a hill which penetrated the bunker ceiling, which is the probable cause of the explosion. The two teenagers were killed in the explosion leaving only small pieces of shirts. The explosion was felt 45 miles away from the site. At least 25 homes within a mile radius of the explosion suffered damage, doors and windows were blown out, ceilings fell and housed were knocked off their foundations, police said.[4][5]


  1. ^ Henning, Barbara Beving Long; Patrice K. Beam (2003). Des Moines and Polk County: Flag on the Prairie. Sun Valley, California: American Historical Press. ISBN 1-892724-34-0.  
  2. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ 2 Teen-Agers Missing A Day After Iowa Blast. New York Times November 21, 1983
  5. ^ Boy's gunshots may have set of gigantic blast. The Spokesman-Review November 21, 1983

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