With the Des Moines metropolitan area only minutes away, Runnells is proud to offer a peaceful country setting for a growing community with all of the benefits of the big city close at hand. Many new homes are being built within the city, as well as on acreages in the surrounding rural area.
The Town of Runnells was platted on November 17, 1881 by the Union Land Company, of which John Sumner Runnells, the city's namesake, was an officer.
We invite you to take the journey of a lifetime. Famous for our warm Midwestern hospitality, central Iowa derives its character from our people. Discover everything from heritage homesteads to exciting events around every bend of our scenic roadways.
Browse a listing of local attractions in and around the City of Runnells.