Clive, Iowa

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Clive is a city in Dallas and Polk counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 12,855 at the 2000 census, with an estimated 2006 population of 14,062.[2] It is part of the Des MoinesWest Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area. Clive is known for its red light cameras, which ticket 600 drivers a month along the city's borders with neighboring communities.[3]



Clive was platted in 1882 but did not incorporate as a city until August 18, 1956.[4] While the exact origin of the city's name is unknown, it is believed to have been named after Robert Clive, 1st Baron Clive.[5]

In its early days, Clive was a coal mining town and a railroad shipping point along the St. Louis-Des Moines Northern Railway. The railroad depot, which dates back from 1882, has been restored while the neighboring Swanson House, dating back from 1911, serves as the headquarters for the Clive Historical Society.[6]

After incorporation in 1956, Clive has served as a mostly residential suburb of Des Moines, and the city has grown in both land area and population since then. Most of Clive's businesses are located along 86th Street, Hickman Road (which forms most of the boundary with Urbandale), and University Avenue (which forms the boundary with West Des Moines). Clive has been part of the West Des Moines School District since 1962;[4] the portion of Clive that is in Dallas County is part of the Waukee School District.

Clive is known for the popular "Clive After Five" concerts that the local Jaycees have held at Linnan Park since 1985. The concerts are held on Fridays during the summer months.


Clive is located at 41°36′28″N 93°46′51″W / 41.60778°N 93.78083°W / 41.60778; -93.78083 (41.607870, -93.780933).[7]

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