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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$87,700
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$651
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    31%
  • Own
    69%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    541
    273
  • Murder
    12
    6
  • Rape
    39
    41
  • Robbery
    78
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    732
    525
  • Theft
    2,812
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    239
    263

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$39,586
National
$53,889
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    35%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools

Burlington Reviews

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A relatively small community with a chronic affordable housing crisis, rent is rather high compared to the number of steady jobs available. Crime is high for such a small area as well. Police unable to deal with large city violence that has crept into the community.
There are some good businesses in the area, that I like. Notably Nature's Corner downtown and Grandpas's ice cream. Nature's corner is sort of all into natural essential oils and herbs. Mostly I go there because they make different types of snacks(candyish) like sugar and sour cream almonds(awesome), chocolate covered coffee beans, various flavors of yogurt covered pretzels. They have an entire wall of different types of things like that, they sell by the pound.

Grandpa's Ice Cream is also awesome, they try to bring in new flavors occasionally, and I've never been there and seen less than 10 flavors, usually I see about 20. I know my sister likes it because they don't use food dyes, I like it because it gives my a chance to try different flavors, and see how well different ice cream goes together. Grandpas's in on Roosevelt.

Actually most of the "mom and pop" stores are downtown on Jefferson, like digger's rest (coffee, they've got some good ones to), weird harold's, a number of boutique's now that I think about it. Oh and Napoli's which is an awesome pizza place. There's a gallery, though I haven't looked at what they have in like 7 years since they moved to the downtown location. Most of the main stores we have are on roosevelt, or shortly off of it, though walmart and Hy-Vee are on Agency street. Fast food places are on roosevelt. But the major chains are all in the area too, dollar tree, shopko. There aren't lot of the major cloting retailers though, but there is a marshall's and a younkers.
My experiences in Burlington are good and bad. One experience that sticks out the worst is a six-teen year old boy was murdered because he was gay. His body was found in an alley. As a parent I could only imagine the pain that mother felt in her heart. Burlington was a wonderful place to live. I use to be able to walk down the street a little bit after dark. Now I wouldn't even left my daughter play in the front yard.