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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    A+
Story County is located in Iowa with a population of 95,888. Story County is one of the best places to live in Iowa. In Story County, most residents own their homes. In Story County there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Story County and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Story County are highly rated.
Population
95,888

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$172,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$857
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    48%
  • Own
    52%
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Story County Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    77.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    70.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    32.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    362.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,559.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    83.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    9%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    32%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    9%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    23%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    19%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Story County

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$52,671
National
$55,322

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