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Community

Slater offers a small town atmosphere, but its proximity to Ames and Des Moines allows residents to enjoy the benefits of small town living, while having the perks of larger communities readily available. Its location, as well as its many parks and recreational areas and sound management, make Slater a vibrant community and one of Iowa's best kept secrets.

Slater is known for its Main Street, with long time tenant Town & Country Market, Ballard Veterinary Clinic, Sheldahl Crossing, and Slater Animal Hospital creating a strong business center. Grimm, Nelson, and Southside Parks, as well as the Heart of Iowa Trailhead and Arboretum and the High Trestle Trail offer Slater residents a variety of recreational opportunities unmatched by other cities of its size.

Demographics

Population

Number

Percent

Total Population (2010)

1,489

100%

     Male

770

51.7%

     Female

719

48.3%

Median Age (years)

35.7

-

Income

   

Median Household (2011)

$67,813

-

Cost of Living Index (2012)

86.1%

100%

Education:
Ballard Community School District

Schools

2012-2013 Enrollment

Total Enrollment

1,541

Graduation Rate

98.28%

ACT Average

23.1*

Total Teacher Staff

76.4

*Compared to an Iowa average of 22.1 and a national average of 21.0

Financial Institutions

Leading Employers

  • Ballard West Elementary School
    Ballard West provides schooling to grades prekindergarten-second and employs 46 people.
     
  • Syngenta
    Syngenta provides agricultural hybrid seed services and has over 100 employees.
     
  • Ditch Witch Iowa, Inc.
    Ditch Witch offers heavy machinery sales, parts, and service and has a 10 person labor force.
     
  • Absolute Concrete
    Absolute Concrete provides concrete and paving services and has a staff of 11 people. 

 

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