A small suburban community located about 15 miles west of Des Moines, Waukee, Iowa, lies within the confines of Dallas County. It is home to a population of an estimated more than 12,000 residents as of 2007, a sharp increase from the 2000 census figures, when its population was just over 5,000. The community is considered a part of the Des Moines–West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area and encompasses more than eight square miles. Waukee residents have an annual median household income of more than $58,000, making it a mostly middle-class area.
The community was officially incorporated in 1878. Today it is further industrializing and building up, including the ongoing construction of the Alice's Road Corridor, which, when completed, will provide about 1,300 acres of development space for commercial, retail and other industries. Children in Waukee attend schools in the Waukee Community School District, which is made up of six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school.
For enjoying yourself within Waukee, there are several sites to see, such as one of its seven parks, including the 21-acre Ridge Pointe Park and the 33-acre Centennial Park, complete with two sand volleyball courts, three baseball diamonds, a basketball court, a nine-hole disc golf course, three playgrounds and two open shelter areas. The city has a link to the Raccoon River Valley Trail System and has its own golf area, the Sugar Creek Municipal Golf Course. Waukee's Songbird Park is recognized as a “Backyard Wildlife Habitat" and the community regularly hosts a farmers market on Wednesdays. Events celebrated here include a July 4th City Celebration and Parade and the Waukee Fest in August.
For other entertainment, Des Moines, just 15 miles away, offers a wealth of offerings, from symphony, ballet and theater, to art galleries and museums, sporting events and concerts. It is in Des Moines that residents can find the nearest large commercial airport and other transportation links to places near and far.