Baxter: A Place to Grow

Baxter is conveniently located near Des Moines, Ames, and Marshalltown. This creates the perfect opportunity for small town living with a quick commute for work. While many residents do commute to larger cities, businesses moving to Baxter will find that many would prefer to work near home.

Baxter has a strong K-12 school system, along with the Baxter Early Learning Center daycare. 

Amenities

Baxter is an ideal spot for those who love the outdoors. Located at the head of the Chichaqua Valley Trail, it’s easy for residents to ride a bike, take a stroll, and enjoy the scenery. Residents also enjoy the Baxter Children’s Park, Sports Complex Playground, School Playground and Geise Park, in addition to the FREE fitness center.

Businesses 

Baxter is open for business! The community is growing and actively recruiting new businesses through the Baxter Economic Development Corporation (BEDCO). BEDCO is guided by seven community volunteers committed to the future growth of business, industry, and housing in Baxter. BEDCO is responsible for establishing Tax Increment Financing (TIF) areas throughout the community, supplying necessary funds to accomplish such goals. Along with the Mayor and City Council, this group has completed many successful projects since its formation in 1988.

 

 

Baxter

Population

Total Population

1,120

Population
Growth Rate

0.19%

Median Age

38

Diversity Index

10.900

Housing & Income

Households

427

Total Housing Units

446


Owner Occupied

321

Renter Occupied

105

Vacant

19

Median Home Value

$135,038


Average Home Value

$183,645

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.00%


Per Capita Income

2.21%

Income Projection

Median Household

$61,300 $67,467


Average Household

$74,771 $83,849


Per Capita

$28,992 $32,337

Workforce

Total Businesses

42

Total Employed

280

Workers 16+

444

Educational Services - Businesses

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Businesses

1

Employed

70

HealthCare/Social Assist

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Businesses

3

Employed

48

Public Administration

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Businesses

4

Employed

39

Retail Trade Businesses

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Businesses

4

Employed

24

Unclassified Establishments

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Businesses

4

Employed

18

Other Service excl Pub Admin

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Businesses

6

Employed

14

Some
High School

32

Graduated
High School

197

Associates
Degree

136

Bachelor's
Degree

100

Graduate
Degree

45

Average Commute Time

27 min.



Resident Commuters

184

Non-Resident Commuters

260

Drive Alone

372

Carpooled

37

Public

4

Work At Home

22


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