About the City of Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill is a young and vibrant community with rapid growth. Incorporated in 1956, the City now has more than 10,064 residents. Residents have the option between two school districts, Des Moines Public Schools and Southeast Polk Community School District.

Location is a key factor in Pleasant Hill’s growth. If ground transportation is vital to your business success, Pleasant Hill offers it. The City resides at the intersection of US Highway 65 bypass and Iowa Highway 163, while Interstate 80 and Interstate 35 offer easy access to the rest of the metro. If you need to travel via air, the Des Moines International Airport and the Ankeny Regional Airport are only 15 minutes away. The City has improved trail access, which allows residents access to city services without a motorized vehicle. The City has also implemented a Complete Streets policy, which enables safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders.
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Getting to places is equally important to local businesses and residents. Pleasant Hill’s location allows businesses in the community to draw their staff from almost 60,000 potential employees in communities from Altoona, Carlisle, Prairie City, Urbandale, and Johnston. Residents also have the opportunity to ride the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART).

The City focuses on bringing new commercial services to Pleasant Hill along the Hwy 163 corridor. Currently, the City has more than 500 acres of land available along the corridor for high-quality commercial and mixed-use development. The City continues to reinvest in areas east of the US Highway 65 bypass to bring redevelopment to the community.

Pleasant Hill provides an anchor for entertainment on the east side of Des Moines, with a multiplex movie theater. Pleasant Hill is the hub of the Gay Lea Wilson Trail providing access to Des Moines and the City of Altoona. Pleasant Hill continues to reinvest in the existing parks and trails to provide residents a place to grow, play and live.