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Runnells, Iowa
—  City  —
Location of Runnells, Iowa
Coordinates: 41°30′45″N 93°21′25″W / 41.5125°N 93.35694°W / 41.5125; -93.35694
Country  United States
State  Iowa
County Polk
 - Type Mayor/Council
 - Mayor Tony Strom
 - Total 0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
 - Land 0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 807 ft (246 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 352
 - Density 830.9/sq mi (320.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 50237
Area code(s) 515
FIPS code 19-69240
GNIS feature ID 0460848

Runnells is a city in Polk County, Iowa, United States. The population was 352 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Des MoinesWest Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Runnells incorporated as a city on May 21, 1903. It was named for John S. Runnells, a former editorial writer for the Iowa State Register and private secretary for Governor Samuel Merrill.[1]


Runnells is located at 41°30′45″N 93°21′25″W / 41.5125°N 93.35694°W / 41.5125; -93.35694 (41.512450, -93.357063)[2].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 352 people, 143 households, and 96 families residing in the city. The population density was 830.9 people per square mile (323.6/km²). There were 149 housing units at an average density of 351.7/sq mi (137.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.58% White, 0.28% Native American, and 1.14% from two or more races.

There were 143 households out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.0% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $41,250, and the median income for a family was $50,000. Males had a median income of $36,458 versus $26,563 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,643. None of the families and 2.8% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 9.3% of those over 64.


  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.  

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