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Retirement Living In Urbandale - Iowa

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Area Description

Urbandale is located in the northwest corner of the metro along Interstates 35 and 80, known as the Urban Loop. With a population of nearly 45,923 residents, Urbandale offers a unique combination of large city amenities and a tight-knit community experience. An extensive trail system (50+ miles of maintained trails), 57 beautiful parks and more than 1,000 acres of parkland provide a variety of recreational opportunities for residents, employees and visitors.

From Living History Farms, an interactive outdoor museum which educates, entertains and connects people of all ages to Midwestern rural life experiences to the Des Moines Buccaneers Hockey Team, a USHL top amateur developmental league, Urbandale has a little bit of everything for residents and visitors alike.

A number of small businesses flourish in Urbandale’s quaint downtown district complete with brick streets and water features. Neighborhoods near the downtown district reflect the 100-year-old city’s history. The rapidly-growing western edge of Urbandale provides many beautiful new residential development options.

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Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   The best resource for Regional attractions can be found through www.catchdesmoines.com.

Cultural Activities

The best resource is www.catchdesmoines.com. You can get anywhere in the Greater Des Moines area in 20-minutes.

Public transportation

Des Moines Area Regional Transit is available throughout the City, as well as taxi, Uber and Lift service. For senior citizens or those in need of temporary transportation, Urbandale Caring Corps is a team of volunteers dedicated toward assisting with temporary transportation needs.

Medical Facilities

The Greater Des Moines area is blessed with top medical facilities

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Urbandale, Iowa?

For those of you that retire in Urbandale, you will enjoy warm summers, a cool fall, a cold winter and a temperate spring!

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 20's and highs in the low 30's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 10's. You may have a few days below 0°. Expect some rainy days in the winter. Assume some snowy days in the Winter with a lot of days with snow remaining on the ground.

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Urbandale such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cool with averages in the low 50's and highs in the low 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 30's. Expect a lot of rainy days in the Spring, great for a day of shopping in Urbandale!

Summertime in Urbandale is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the low 70's and highs in the mid 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 60's. Expect a few days above 90°. Humidity may feel "sticky" with muggy evenings. Expect some rainy days in the summer.

If you retire in Urbandale, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the low 50's and highs in the low 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 40's. Expect some rainy days in the fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  13  22  31
 Feb  17  26  36
 Mar  28  38  49
 Apr  40  51  62
 May  51  62  73
 Jun  61  71  82
 Jul  65  76  86
 Aug  63  74  84
 Sep  54  65  76
 Oct  41  52  63
 Nov  29  39  48
 Dec  17  25  34

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  30  6
 Feb  0  25  3
 Mar  0  21  0
 Apr  0  7  0
 May  0  0  0
 Jun  3  0  0
 Jul  8  0  0
 Aug  5  0  0
 Sep  2  0  0
 Oct  0  5  0
 Nov  0  18  0
 Dec  0  29  4

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  1 "  7  15 %
 Feb  1 "  7  19 %
 Mar  2 "  9  28 %
 Apr  4 "  11  37 %
 May  5 "  12  49 %
 Jun  5 "  11  59 %
 Jul  5 "  10  65 %
 Aug  4 "  10  64 %
 Sep  3 "  8  54 %
 Oct  3 "  9  41 %
 Nov  2 "  8  30 %
 Dec  1 "  8  19 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  9 "  18  6
 Feb  8 "  15  5
 Mar  5 "  6  3
 Apr  2 "  1  1
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  2 "  2  2
 Dec  8 "  12  6

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Cost of Living for Urbandale, IA

Urbandale, Iowa cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Assistance in Urbandale, IA

Urbandale, Iowa offers the following assistance for seniors:

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Urbandale Offer For Retirees?

There are plenty of opportunities to connect in the Urbandale area and Greater Des Moines area. Many seniors volunteer at the Senior Center or at the Urbandale Community Action Network, Urbandale Food Pantry or through numerous civic organizations. Right now, unemployment is at 2.3 percent in the Greater Des Moines area, so more workers are very-much needed.

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