Quick Facts


Where to eat?

What to do?


Clive is a west central suburb of Des Moines that often gets thought of as both a part of West Des Moines and Waukee, though it does have its own distinct boundary lines. The city of Clive primarily lies north of University Avenue, south of Hickman Road and west of 73rd Street, east of 142nd Street. However, the official border of Clive is rather interesting as it cuts in and out of Urbandale and Waukee to the north west. Click here to see a layout of Clive’s whacky borders. Clive is a great location to live for anyone wanting to be within 10 minutes of everything on the west side of Des Moines! 

Population:  18,908 (2022 estimation), up from the 15,510 residents accounted for in the 2010 Census.

Though Clive is a small suburb, you’ll find a high concentration of luxury homes within its borders in neighborhoods like The Country Club and South Fork.

Fun fact – Mick Thomson, one of the lead guitarists from the heavy metal band Slipknot, grew up in Clive. Andrew Springer, YOUR local real estate guy, resides in Clive with his wife and 3 kids!

The city of Clive traverses two counties and two school districts. Students living in in Clive, within Polk County attend school in the West Des Moines Community School District. While students living in Clive, within Dallas County attend school in the Waukee Community School District.

West Des Moines Community School District* 

    • West Des Moines Valley High School: 10th – 12th grade
    • Valley Southwoods Freshman High School: 9th grade
    • Indian Hills Junior High School: 7th – 8th grade
    • Crossroads Park Elementary School: K – 6th grade
    • Clive Learning Academy: K – 6th grade
    • Crestview School of Inquiry: K – 6th grade

Waukee Community School District*

    • Waukee High School 
    • Prairieview School
    • Waukee Middle School 
    • Eason Elementary School
    • Walnut Hills Elementary School
    • Maple Grove Elementary School
    • Shuler Elementary School

 *These are not all the schools within the WDM and Waukee School district, just the schools students living in Clive may attend. For the complete list of schools visit our pages on West Des Moines and Waukee.


Where to eat?



    • Club Car – cozy restaurant filled with train memorabilia and home style cooking. One of Tyler’s favorites!
    • Cool Basil – traditional Thai dishes + sushi, sashimi, and nigiri
    • Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant – modern causal dining and handcrafted wine
    • El Rodeo – you can never go wrong with a classic Mexican restaurant 
    • Cosi Cucina – local favorite for eclectic, casual Italian cuisine 
    • The Other Place – the best place in town to watch a game
    • St Kilda Cafe & Bakery Australian-style restaurant serving healthy dishes and fresh baked pastries for breakfast and lunch
    • Z’Mariks Noodle Cafehealthy made-to-order noodle, rice, soup and salad bowls, served to your table within minutes.
    • Franka Pizzeria – red and white pizzas accompanied by shared plates, fresh salads, sandwiches, and much more
    • Rookies Sports Bar & Grill – tied for the best place in to watch a game
    • 515 Brewing Company – a brewery along the Greenbelt Bike Trail *just brews, no food*


With its close proximity to West Des Moines, Waukee, Urbandale, and Des Moines, Clive residents have the the ability to enjoy a multitude of amenities and activities in neighboring cities. Though here are a few ‘To Do’s’  unique to the city of Clive: