City Demographics



Runnells incorporated as a city on May 21, 1903. It was named for John S. Runnells, a former editorial writer for the Iowa State Register and private secretary for Governor Samuel MerrillRunnells is a city in the southeastern corner of Polk County, Iowa, United States. 


The current population of Runnells, Iowa is 492 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 510.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 457. Runnells is the 442nd largest city in Iowa and the 13,374th largest city in the United States.

 Additional Infomation

  • Land Area (mi²) - 0.4 sq mi
  • Density (mi²) - 1,154.90/sq mi
  • 2020 Growth Rate - 1.20%
  • Growth Since 2010 - 2.96%