The results of Johnston’s 2016 special census are now official. New numbers reveal that Johnston’s current population is 20,460. That is an 18.4 percent increase since 2010 and a 137 percent increase since 2000.

“The special census results affirm the continued efforts to grow the Johnston community,” noted Phil Dunshee of the Johnston Economic Development Corporation. “A growing workforce is important to a growing economy.” Johnston is currently engaged in a workforce study in partnership with Grimes and Urbandale. Johnston residents are encourage to participate in a telephone survey which will begin soon.

Of all Des Moines metro cities, Johnston ranks at or near the top when it comes to household income, home value and education attainment. Based upon the growth experienced in Johnston, it’s estimated that the City will receive an additional $1.35 million in Road Use Tax funding between 2017 and 2020 when the next decennial Census is conducted.

“The special census shows us that Johnston continues to be one of the fastest growing cities in the state. New residents tell us they chose Johnston because it’s a great place to live and raise a family. We will continue to work hard to maintain a quality of life that is among the best in the nation,” said Mayor Paula Dierenfeld.

“Despite the economic challenges facing our country since 2010, the Census shows that Johnston has continued to thrive by maintaining sustainable growth. This additional revenue will be used to continue the important work of operating and maintaining the City’s extensive street system, including patching, repairs, maintenance and snow removal,” said Community Development Director David Wilwerding.

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