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Area Description

From an extensive trail system to the excitement of ice hockey, Urbandale embraces recreational variety. Take a trip back in time at Living History Farms, one of the state's top tourism attractions. Not only can visitors experience Iowa's rich ag history, but they can also attend many events at the Farms, such as historical dinners, events for children and more. This attraction changes frequently so visitors can experience something different with every visit.

For summer fun, residents enjoy the breathtaking scenery strolling along the City's extensive trail system with more than 40 miles of maintained trails. Urbandale is proud to be home of one of the largest 4th of July celebrations in the metro area. The celebration showcases community pride with a parade, musical entertainment, carnival, vendors and of course large fireworks.

Fall is a busy time for Urbandale. With the weather changing, residents can keep up the fun of summer by taking it indoors to enjoy the Des Moines Metro's only indoor public swimming pool. If entertainment is part of the itinerary, experience a Des Moines Buccaneers hockey game, take in a movie or dine at one of Urbandale's restaurants.

In the winter, residents enjoy outdoor activities such as sledding and ice skating on indoor sheets of ice found in town. One of Urbandale's most unique part is the sledding hill. The hill is opened when there is four-inch snow base. A warming room with a fireplace and concessions are available in the adjacent Metro Ice facility.

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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 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


Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  14.0  22.5  31.0  1.0 "  8.6 "
 Feb  19.0  27.5  36.0  1.3 "  8.3 "
 Mar  30.0  39.5  49.0  2.3 "  5.4 "
 Apr  41.0  51.5  62.0  3.9 "  1.5 "
 May  52.0  62.0  72.0  4.7 "  0.0 "
 Jun  62.0  72.0  82.0  4.9 "  0.0 "
 Jul  67.0  76.5  86.0  4.5 "  0.0 "
 Aug  65.0  74.5  84.0  4.1 "  0.0 "
 Sep  55.0  65.5  76.0  3.0 "  0.0 "
 Oct  43.0  53.0  63.0  2.6 "  0.4 "
 Nov  31.0  39.5  48.0  2.2 "  2.0 "
 Dec  18.0  26.0  34.0  1.4 "  8.0 "

Average winter temperature: 21.3 degrees
Average summer temperature: 83.9 degrees
Average rainfall: 32.1 inches
Average annual snowfall: 31.6 inches

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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

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Job or Volunteer Opportunities

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 Caring Corps, 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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