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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    C+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C-
  12. Commute
    B
Alta is a town in Iowa with a population of 2,188. Alta is in Buena Vista County. Living in Alta offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families and retirees live in Alta and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Alta are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$99,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$672
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    26%
  • Own
    74%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

Working in Alta

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$52,351
National
$55,322
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Alta Reviews

2 reviews
Alta has a pool that opens in the summer, a tiny bowling alley, and two places to eat. Those are about the only three things there are to do in Alta. I guess there are also sports games you could go to and watch, but it would be nice if there were more options of things to do in Alta. It is a small town, but I feel like there is nothing to do.
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I grew up in Alta and went to grade school, some of middle school, and all of high school here. It is a small town so it has that small town atmosphere and I couldn't ask for a better town to grow up in and better people to grow up with.