Indianola, a growing community of 13,000
residents, offers a rural setting while included in
the greater Des Moines metro area. Indianola is the
home of Simpson College, a private four-year liberal
arts institution. Indianola has a strong community
commitment to provide support and services to its
residents. It has many parks, a new aquatic center,
a new sports complex, and a strong recreational
residents support a strong business community,
various churches, and volunteer activities. The
city's slogan, "Come See What's Up in Indianola"
refers to its status as host of the annual National
Hot Air Balloon Classic and home to the National
Balloon Museum. Indianola is home to the Des Moines
Metro Opera, established 1973.
Other annual events celebrated by community
residents include Dickens of a Christmas, Balloons
and Toons, the countywide Log Cabin Days, and the
Warren County Fair.
Indianola, located 15 miles south of Des Moines, is
readily accessible to Des Moines facilities,
including shopping, state government offices, civic
and cultural opportunities. The Des Moines
International Airport is only 20 minutes away.
Iowa State University, Drake University, and other
colleges are located within an hour's drive of
Indianola. Indianola is within a half day's drive of
metropolitan areas of Chicago, Kansas City,
Minneapolis, and Omaha.
Indianola Community School District serves more than
3,200 students from pre-kindergarten through senior
high in six attendance centers. The district covers
155 square miles within Warren County and is
governed by a seven-member Board of Directors.
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