Warren County, Iowa is Des Moines' neighboring county to the south. Warren County was named for Gen. Joseph Warren, who died in the Revolutionary War. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Warren County has a total area of 573 mi² (1,485 km² ) including 2 mi² (4 km²) (0.27%) water with an estimated population in 2005 of 42,981, an increase of 5.7% since 2000.
Warren county is primarily rural with rolling hills and rich valleys where rowcrop farming still abounds and is one of the most scenic areas in south central Iowa. Near Des Moines in the north, considerable growth in residential development is beginning encouraged by the recent completion of the Des Moines metro southern bypass - Iowa Hwy 5. Elsewhere, many road improvements have improved commuting times from towns such as Carlisle, Indianola and others.
A good deal of the most scenic land has been subdivided into scenic acreages and even some grand estates, especially closer to the Des Moines metro area. Farther south the land becomes even more hilly and scenic with considerable timberland and farming use trends more towards pasture and hay and less toward rowcrops.
Indianola, the Warren County seat, is home to Simpson College, one of the best 4-year private colleges in Iowa. Indianola also hosts the annual National Balloon Classic, a hot-air balloon event held each summer.
The beautiful Warren County Courthouse at Indianola is a designated National Historic landmark.
There are 14 incorporated cities and no designated population centers (DPC) in Warren County:
** -- County Seat
*** -- Carlisle lies in both Polk and Warren Counties. Bevington lies in both Warren and Madison counties.
**** -- Prole is a USPS designiated post office, but not incorporated nor a DPC
Warren County has six community school districts.
Counties neighboring Warren County are:
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