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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$103,100
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$615
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    31%
  • Own
    69%

Boone Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    333
    0
  • Murder
    0
    0
  • Rape
    24
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    420
    1
  • Theft
    815
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    111
    0

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$46,486
National
$53,889
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    36%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%
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Boone Reviews

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Boone is a nice town in central Iowa. With a population of just over 12,000 I love the small town feel. It is full of friendly people and is great at making others feel welcomed and safe. Boone has great parks and bike paths that make you feel like you are tucked away in the woods while still being in town. My only complaint with the town is the lack of activities. It would be nice to have more events to attend or a Starbucks for all of the coffee lovers here. I've lived in Boone for 18 years and am proud to call it home.
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I think the people who live here are all very nice and helpful. Traffic is hardly ever a problem but the roads aren't taken care of; there are many potholes and roads aren't always plowed. There are stores for almost everything you'd need and you're close enough to Ames and Des Moines that if you can't find it in Boone, you can find it in an hour or so.
In terms of small businesses, Boone has around a dozen, maybe two, to choose from. I've been to many of them, but I can't say they are exceptionally great. The new book store that was built a couple years ago is pretty cool, but I can't remember the name of it. I can't say that I'm drawn to shop downtown. I usually go to Ames or to the local Super Walmart.

There are a couple restaurants that are great though. New China is a locally owned Chinese restaurant that is a favorite, along with the AMAZING La Carreta. La Carreta is my number one favorite restaurant in Boone. The service there is amazing and I can go there knowing they will have amazing food. The owner recognizes me too, and often will tease me a bit about me not liking sour cream.