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Located in Polk County, Iowa, Johnston combines affordable and luxurious living as a part of the Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical area. On entering, you will find sunny skies filled with rolling clouds in a home cradled by lush greenery.
What was initially established as a railway station between Perry and Des Moines in 1905 evolved into a small town after the first council and mayor were chosen. Soon after, the little town started attracting residents and established more than 6,369 households and its own Johnson City Medical Center, which serves the people.
Today, the city offers a plethora of beautiful neighborhoods surrounded by nature, close-knit communities, various recreational facilities, and restaurants offering delicious food.
The city is served by JCSD or the Johnston Community School District, which has one preschool, five elementary schools, and three secondary schools. The classes are also child-centric, with one teacher teaching, not more than 15 students. Johnston High School is one of the most popular choices in the city and serves more than 1,600 students from grades 10 to 12.
Those looking to pursue higher studies will have to head out of the city to the many universities available in nearby places like Des Moines and Simpson.
Homes for Sale in Johnston
Johnston faces a humid continental climate with extreme temperatures since it is in the state of Iowa. August and September are ideal months in the city, while June and July are the least pleasant, with temperatures soaring above 90.3 degrees, which is still cooler than in many states.
Winter lows drop to 10 degrees, with the city experiencing 28 inches of snow annually, which is just a tad lower than the US average of 30 inches. The residents of Johnston also enjoy 222 sunny days and only 99 days a year where precipitation occurs.
There are nearby bus stations like the Crescent Chase; a short walk away from the city for those commuting to other cities for work and school.
Nearby airports include the Des Moines International Airport, only 11.8 miles away from the city. Other nearby airports include Fort Dodge Regional Airport (65.9 miles out), and the Waterloo Regional Airport (90.4 miles away.)
Living in Johnston
Spanning over 20.60 square miles, the little city of Johnston has a lot to offer its many residents. A multitude of unique neighborhoods are tucked within the city, offering European to classic housing to meet everyone’s unique needs.
An upcoming project, the Merle Hay Road Town Center, will be the city’s new downtown area where residents enjoy shopping, eating, and relaxing all in one place.
The city’s unemployment rate is only two percent, and there are more than 680 businesses offering employment in the industry of technology, agriculture, and healthcare.
Healthcare is a significant focus of the city, and the Johnston Medical Center employs a substantial number of people in its workforce that serve the locals.
The median home value in the city is around $317,000, and the rent is about $1,178, which is affordable compared to other places in Iowa.
Things to Do in Johnston
There are plenty of things for everyone to do in Johnston. There are quite a few pocket parks located around the city, with a few having their own lakes where you can go kayaking or fishing.
You can head to Up-Down for a thrilling night out, which has an impeccable bar and an arcade for nonstop fun and delicious food and drinks.
The Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens offers the best of plant life and a place to unwind or picnic with your family. You can head to the State Historical Museum or the Living’s History Farms if you’re hoping to get a feel of Johnson’s cultural past before you get wrapped in other things.
Exciting festivals are held throughout the year ranging from food festivals, snow festivals, and the annual Christmas and New Year themes that draw in tourists and locals with delicious food and twinkling lights.
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