Polk County, Iowa

 The following information is from Iowa State University’s Land Survey that’s released each December. Data on this page can be up to 12 months old. To see current averages and most recent results click here

Location: Central Iowa
County Average CSR2:

CSR2 Weighted Average: 70.7

CSR2 Cropland Average: 90

State Average CSR2: 68.6
Average Price per CSR2 Point: $115.26
County Size: 592 sq miles
Farmland Acres: 225,623 total acres, 200,801 Cropland acres, 8,993 Woodland acres, 15,829 Other acres

Average Farmland Value (Price Per Acre):
Average Farmland Value for Central Iowa:
Highest Known Farmland Sale in County:

Average County Rent: $256
Rent Range: $220-$298
Average rent for Central Iowa:
Rent per CSR Point:

Improved Permanent Pasture:
$98.00/a Regional Average
Unimproved Permanent Pasture: $71.00/a Regional Average
Stalk Grazing per Acre:
$8.00/a Regional Average
Hunting Rights per Acre:
$21.00/a Regional Average

Towns: Alleman, Clive, Johnston, Runnells, Altoona, Des Moines, Mitchellville, Sheldahl, Ankeny, Elkhart, Norwalk, Urbandale, Bondurant, Granger, Pleasant Hill, West Des Moines, Carlisle, Grimes, Polk City, Windsor Heights

Unincorporated Areas: Avon, Enterprise, Saylorville, Berwick, Farrar

Townships: Allen, Beaver, Bloomfield, Camp, Clay, Crocker, Delaware, Des Moines, Douglas, Elkhart, Four Mile, Franklin, Jefferson, Lee, Lincoln, Madison, Saylor, Union, Walnut, Washington, Webster and the Unorganized Territory of Saylorville

History: Polk County was formed on January 13, 1846. It was named after President James K. Polk. The first courthouse, a two-story structure, was built in 1846. Construction of a second courthouse was begun in 1858. Due to construction delays and the onset of the Civil War, the structure was not completed until 1866. The present courthouse was erected in 1906 in the Beaux Arts style. It was dedicated on October 31, 1906. In 1962, an extensive renovation was undertaken.

Additional Information: Learn more on the Polk County Iowa website.


Recent Farmland Sales in this County

10/26/22 78.5 Acres; $20,300/acre; 86.1 CSR2; 99% tillable

9/28/22 112 Acres; $5,200/acre; 79.9 CSR2; 80% tillable

9/28/22 130 Acres; $7,800/acre; 83.9 CSR2; 85% tillable

9/28/22 35 Acres; $19,450/acre; 55.6 CSR2; 89% tillable

6/30/22 79 acres; $15,000/acre; 87.7 CSR2; $171.04/CSR2; 83.95% tillable


All farmland values for Polk County are stated as averages and are not a guarantee of value in any given situation.  If you need a written farmland appraisal you should call us at 855-376-3478 to discuss how we can help you. Farmland prices can change quickly and some information on this website can be up to 12 months old depending on when you view it.  All sale results are dated so you can see the date of the sale however averages are calculated in December of each year and are based on a September to September study.


You can find Farmland For Sale in  Polk County Iowa at bid.DreamDirt.com.  Need the advice of a qualified farmland professional?  Our professional staff of Iowa auctioneers and land brokers at DreamDirt would be happy to visit with you about your situation and help guide you through the process of making an informed decision about selling farmland.  Want to continue your research?  You can find a wealth of information on our Farmland Sales and Auction Blog.


If you are searching for an estate attorney to help you with legal work of an estate in Iowa you can search for Estate Attorneys in Polk County on the Find an Iowa Estate Lawyer website by the Iowa Bar Association.