Carroll County, IA Area Communities

Glidden, Iowa

Glidden fire department building

About Glidden, Iowa

​Glidden, Iowa is a thriving community in west-central Iowa. Located on US Highway 30 just outside of Carroll, Iowa, Glidden is just eighty miles northwest of Des Moines, Iowa. The community of Glidden boasts a high quality of life for a small city with the Aquatic Center, three major parks, two banks, library, a trail system and butterfly garden and the Glidden-Ralston school district. Glidden is known as the home of Merle D. Hay, who was the first American soldier killed in World War I. ​Glidden offers its residents services that are expected in larger cities. Our mission is to enhance residents’ lives by providing quality services at a reasonable expense. Check out what Glidden has to offer!

Glidden City Hall

P.O. Box 349
Glidden, Iowa 51443
Phone - 712-659-3010
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Mayor - Roger Hartwigsen
City Clerk - Suzanne Danner​

Glidden Development Group (GDG)

Contact Person - Jim Gossett
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The Glidden Development Group (GDG) is an organization of volunteers dedicated to the growth of the Glidden community. Members include local businesses, individuals, local government and utility providers. Recent successes in Glidden include the construction of a four-season community center, remodeled grocery store and plans for expansion of a local financial institution. Housing is a priority, with the City of Glidden and Raccoon Valley Electric Cooperative each involved in housing development, promoted by GDG. 

Local Initiatives

​Qualifying projects are eligible for prescriptive Iowa incentives (tax abatement, tax increment finance, etc.) as well as access to a local and regional revolving loan funds.

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Source: ESRI, 2020-09-16

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Housing Units521523527532
Owner Occupied Units393386
Renter Occupied Units8986
Vacant Units4661

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-16

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Median Household$62,256$68,051
Average Household$76,300$83,303
Per Capita$33,444$36,624

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-16

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Businesses by NAICS

Total Businesses53
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt Bus1
Mining Bus0
Utilities Bus3
Construction Bus2
Manufacturing Bus1
Wholesale Trade Bus6
Retail Trade Bus9
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers Bus3
Furn & Home Furnish Str Bus0
Electronics & Appl Store Bus0
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip Bus0
Food & Beverage Stores Bus2
Health/Pers Care Stores Bus1
Gasoline Stations Bus1
Clothing/Accessory Store Bus0
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music Bus1
General Merchandise Str Bus0
Misc Store Retailers Bus0
Nonstore Retailers Bus1
Transportation/Warehouse Bus1
Information Bus3
Finance & Insurance Bus5
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn Bus2
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv Bus0
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other Bus3
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing Bus1
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv Bus3
Legal Services Bus0
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises Bus0
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt Bus0
Educational Services Bus3
HealthCare/Social Assist Bus0
Arts/Entertainment/Rec Bus0
Accommodation/Food Srvcs Bus4
Accommodation Bus1
Food Srv/Drinking Places Bus3
Other Srv excl Pub Admin Bus8
Auto Repair/Maintenance Bus1
Public Administration Bus3

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-16

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