Clive is a city in Polk County, Iowa, and it is a part of the Des Moines Metropolitan area. Its prime location and affordable cost of living have made Clive a desirable destination for retirees. Besides that, Clive offers diverse amenities such as practicing arts and crafts or going for a hike at a nearby reserve.
Climate & Geography
Iowa lies in a humid continental zone which is known to experience four distinct seasons with hot and humid summers, cold winters, and wet springs. Residents can also expect about 200 sunny days a year and more snow than the national average.
Like most of Iowa, Clive is built on mostly flat land with some rolling hills and flat plains.
Recreation, Culture & Entertainment
Clive is known for its small-town atmosphere and plenty of outdoor space and greenery. Residents enjoy the warmer seasons by staying active at the Clive Aquatic Center or the Campbell Recreation Area. There is also the Ducktail Lounge when residents are ready to relax and socialize. Those looking to pick up a craft can visit Board & Brush Creative Studio.
Residents at Clive have the convenience of living in a relaxed environment while still being only a driving distance away from the Des Moines downtown area or the Jordan Creek Town Center. Residents have the opportunity to take advantage of all the city’s amenities such as the Des Moines Farmers Market, Botanical Garden, and exciting landmarks such as Pappajohn Sculpture Park.
Cost of Living & Taxes
While the overall cost of living in Iowa is less than the national average, the cost of living in Clive is slightly higher. This is primarily due to the cost of housing in Clive which is higher than that of the U.S.
The average property tax rate in Iowa is the 12th highest in the nation. There are some exemptions from taxes including Social Security benefits, Railroad Retirement benefits, and military pensions. Also, residents 55 and older can exclude up to $6,000 from a pension, annuity, IRA, or other retirement plan. Additionally, residents 65 and older may be eligible for a property tax credit.
There are three highly rated (by U.S. News) hospitals and medical centers within a 10-mile radius of Clive. They are UnityPoint Health-Iowa Methodist Medical Center, MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center and UnityPoint Health-Iowa Lutheran Hospital.