B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B+
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$175,500
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$717
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    14%
  • Own
    86%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    57
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    72
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    115
    525
  • Theft
    1,063
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    0
    263

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$71,964
National
$53,889
Children
26%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools

Belle Plaine Reviews

20 reviews
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I grew up in the lovely little town of Belle Plaine, MN. Belle Plaine means beautiful prairie and that it is. Right outside of town, the Minnesota river cuts through a valley. The scenery is beautiful all year long, but fall is my personal favorite. My experience at Belle Plaine Senior High was overall a good one; they offer AP classes, in which students can take college credits for free while still in high school. There are a few bars located downtown Belle Plaine that offer drinks, pool. darts, and live music on the weekends. Anyone who is friendly and willing to meet new people will fit right in. Belle Plaine is incredibly family friendly and I always feel safe there. It is a great place to raise a family. For me, Belle Plaine is an escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy city that I access on a frequent basis.
Review Belle Plaine
The police are fairly active in investigating complaints of possible crimes or suspicious activity. There are a lot of suspicious people in my neighborhood who go around during both the day and night and try opening windows, doors, etc. If you don't keep everything locked up, you are at risk of being burglarized, whether you are home at the time or not.
There are some good small town restaurants and bars. There is only one big box grocery store, with over priced groceries, but we shop there because it's convenient.