Johnston, Iowa

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Johnston is a city in Polk County, Iowa, United States. The population was 8,649 at the 2000 census; the United States Census Bureau estimated that 15,918 residents lived there in 2009.[1] It is part of the Des MoinesWest Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Johnston is the location of the headquarters of Pioneer Hi-Bred Seeds, Iowa Public Television, and The Gardeners of America/Men's Garden Clubs of America. Also located here are the Camp Dodge Military Reservation as well as the Paul J. and Ida Trier House, a private residence designed by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright.



Johnston was established in 1905 as a station on the interurban railway between Des Moines and Perry known as Johnston Station. It was named for the railway's freight supervisor, John F. Johnston.[2]

Incorporation did not come until September 18, 1969. At the time, the Johnston Station area did not become part of the incorporated city because of a state law that prevented a town within three miles (5 km) of another city from incorporating. The neighboring cities of Des Moines and Urbandale were also interested in that land, but in April 1970, Johnston and Urbandale reached an agreement that allowed Johnston to annex the Johnston Station area.[3]


Johnston is located at 41°40′17″N 93°42′21″W / 41.67139°N 93.70583°W / 41.67139; -93.70583 (41.671337, -93.705800)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.5 square miles (40.1 km²), of which, 14.4 square miles (37.2 km²) of it is land and 1.1 square miles (3.0 km²) of it (7.36%) is water.

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