Windsor Heights, Iowa

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Windsor Heights is a city in Polk County, Iowa, United States. The population was 4,805 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Des MoinesWest Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Windsor Heights incorporated as a city on July 19, 1941. It was named for nearby Windsor Elementary School in Des Moines; the school was named for early settler Henry Clay Windsor, whose family donated land for the school.[1] In 1958 Windsor Heights annexed the neighboring community of Crestwood, which added roughly 1,300 people to the city and established the city's present boundaries.[2]

Although Windsor Heights is primarily a residential community, some "big-box" retailers have opened stores here, including Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, and Hy-Vee.

On June 26, 2008, the United States Postal Service gave Windsor Heights its own ZIP code of 50324 that was scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2009. Before that, the city shared ZIP codes with neighboring portions of Des Moines and Urbandale.[3]


Windsor Heights is located at 41°36′14″N 93°42′44″W / 41.60389°N 93.71222°W / 41.60389; -93.71222 (41.603839, -93.712120)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.7 km²), all of it land.

Windsor Heights is surrounded by other cities: Urbandale to the north, Clive to the west, West Des Moines to the south, and Des Moines to the east. Interstate 235 runs through the far southern part of the city, U.S. Highway 6 (Hickman Road) forms the boundary with Urbandale, and Iowa Highway 28 (63rd Street) forms the boundary with Des Moines.

Windsor Heights is divided into two school districts. Students west of 70th Street attend West Des Moines schools, while students east of 70th Street attend Des Moines schools.

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