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Waukee by the Numbers

Getting Around

Des Moines: 16 miles, about 23 minutes
Des Moines Int'l Airport: 21 miles, about 27 minutes
Iowa City: 127 miles, about 2 hours


Population: 24,089
Zip code: 50263
County: Dallas
Median home value: $277,100

Spotlights of Waukee

Centennial Park

Nestled just off of Ashworth Drive, Centennial Park serves as Waukee's community gathering place and hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Here, residents can watch movies under the stars, participate in local festivals, or just get in touch with nature. 

Downtown Waukee

Downtown Waukee is the area's hottest commercial district, and it's also home to a variety of local businesses. Spend some time supporting Iowa farmers and artisans at the Farmers Market, attend the Celebrate Waukee Festival, or get to know your neighbors at the Waukee Triangle.


As one of Waukee's most famous annual events, FamilyFest offers tons of fun for all ages. This free festival takes place every January, and attendees can peruse local vendors, enjoy games and prizes, or jump on inflatables—and everything's free!

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What You'll LOVE in Waukee

Waukee is so much more than just a small town—in fact, Apple recently chose the community as the location of a massive $1.38 billion data center campus. Waukee has also been recognized as the "#1 Place to Live in Iowa" by Movoto and the "#22 Best Place to Live in America" by Money Magazine. Here's even more to love about Waukee!

Vibrant parks and green spaces

Waukee's Department of Parks and Recreation is responsible for maintaining the town's 15 city parks, 23 miles of trails, Sugar Creek Municipal Golf Course, and the Community Center. Needless to say, you'll have no trouble getting outdoors when you call Waukee home!

Locals love spending time in the Waukee Triangle, a small pocket park located Downtown. Windfield Park has a brand-new playground that's ideal for younger residents, and furry friends love romping around the Trailside Dog Park.

Plenty of shopping & dining

Need to pick up some groceries? Want to shop the day away? Waukee features all the big-box and locally owned stores you could ever want or need. You'll find most of the town's businesses—including Hy-Vee and The Palms Theater—just off of Hickman Road.

Feeling hungry? Whether you're looking for a cool brewery with pub-inspired bites, a small-town coffee shop, or a well-known favorite, you'll have no trouble curbing your cravings in Waukee. Favorites include John & Nick's Steak & Prime Rib, Central Standard Craft Beer & Burgers, and Kue'd Smokehouse.

Top-rated public schools

Children living in Waukee are served by Waukee Community School District, which educates over 8,000 students and employs 1,000+ staff members. WCSD is the fastest growing district in all of Iowa, and it currently operates nine elementary, four middle, and two high schools. More schools are slated to open throughout the 2020s.

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Ready to Find a Home in Waukee?

Waukee 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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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 07/21/24 07:08 AM.