Prairie City Iowa is located in Southern jasper county. Prairie City is a growing city with great opportunities. Located away from the hustle and bustle of city life, yet conveniently located near the Des Moines Metropolitan Area. Prairie City is just 20 minutes east of Des Moines on Highway 163 and Interstate 80 is just 5 minutes to the North. Prairie City is currently developing 100 acres for residential development.
Tourists enjoy the Neil Smith National Wildlife Refuge, which is adjacent to the city, with 5500 acres of land that has been restored to Iowa's original rolling hills and tall grass prairies. The Refuge includes several miles of surfaced trails, an auto tour and the Prairie Learning Center.
Enjoy your visit to Prairie City, a community that is "Proud of its Past and Confident of its Future!" Prairie City was founded by James Elliot in 1856, for whom it was originally named; it was later changed because there was already another Elliot in the state.