Top Reasons to Do Business in Clive

Clive – A “Distinct” Location for Your Business!

Clive provides a wide variety of benefits and opportunities to help you expand your business and your bottom line. A friendly, neighborhood atmosphere combined with the amenities of a larger metropolitan area, Clive understands the importance of supporting our local businesses. Bring your business to Clive and gain from all we have offer!

Location, Location, Location

Businesses gain from Clive’s centralized location and easy access provided by two major Interstate systems (Interstates 235 and 80) and several main transportation corridors including University Avenue, Hickman Road and N.W. 86th Street, the focus of a recent massive re-development project. Each of the main corridors carries between 25,000 – 30,000 vehicles daily. Clive also maintains two of the busiest intersections in the Des Moines Metro area. Both the NW 100th Street/University Avenue and Hickman /NW 86th Street intersections have approximately 100,000 vehicles passing within these areas daily, proving that Clive is a primary destination for local and regional consumers.


Clive is extremely well positioned within both the local Des Moines and regional Midwestern markets. Clive historically served as a primary shipping point for the railroad and a coal mining area. Today, its prime location is easily accessible from all directions of the Des Moines metro area as well as numerous regional metropolitan areas such as Chicago, Minneapolis/St.Paul, Kansas City, Omaha and St. Louis.


Clive businesses enjoy one of the lowest tax bases in the Des Moines metro area and highest per capita income levels in the metro area. Businesses seeking to cap their expenses and enhance their profit margins through a readily available customer base find Clive to be a perfect fit for their needs. Clive experienced a 16.8% increase in taxable sales between fiscal year 2009 and 2010, the highest of all the communities in the Greater Des Moines area. (source: Iowa Department of Revenue) Iowa State University’s Annual Retail Trade Analysis Report also listed Clive among the top 5 communities statewide in per capital sales for fiscal year 2009.

Qualified Workforce

A young, highly educated workforce awaits any business looking to locate within Clive. The community’s median age is 35 with an estimated population of 17,500 following the 2015 census count. Clive’s residential base maintains an extremely large number of advanced degrees in the state, second only to Iowa City.

Quality of Life

Clive tops the lists of relocation options for a number of reasons: low residential taxes, high quality educational systems, a new public art initiative, and an exceptional offering of parks, recreational areas surrounding one of our best features, the Clive Greenbelt Trail system. “Clive pride” is evident throughout the community; from our clean, friendly neighborhoods to the new streetscape/re-development project along our eastern gateway of NW 86th Street.

Clive students are fortunate to have access to two of the metro area’s strongest and most progressive school districts: West Des Moines and Waukee. Located in Clive, both Crestview Elementary and Indian Hills Junior High underwent complete building renovations within the past 18 months and the community is very proud to unveil our brand new school this year, Shuler Elementary, located in the far northwest corner of the community. Residents and visitors alike enjoy a number of recreational offerings including the Clive Aquatic Center, biking, running or walking the beautiful Clive Greenbelt Trail and the unique and aesthetically appealing public art initiative which will include a new piece in the fall of this year on the Shuler Elementary School site.

Please contact the Clive Chamber of Commerce with any questions you may have regarding relocating your business within Clive. At (515) 222-5295 or [email protected] We would welcome the opportunity to show you what makes Clive a community of distinction were your business will grow and prosper.