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    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    B-
Carlisle is a town in Iowa with a population of 4,069. Carlisle is in Polk County. Living in Carlisle offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families and young professionals live in Carlisle and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Carlisle are above average.
About Carlisle...
Population
4,069

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$148,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$673
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    25%
  • Own
    75%
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Carlisle 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
    615.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    24.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    23.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    544.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,301.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    118.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    20%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    7%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Carlisle

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$68,568
National
$55,322
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Carlisle Reviews

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Carlisle, Iowa is likely Iowa's best kept secret. The community comes together like no other, no matter the occasion. The festive 4th of July brings the entire town to the park, where we all stay for the duration of the day. Every Friday night, the football stands are completely filled. When tragedy strikes, the entire town can be found in the pew, praying. The town is filled with options for country boys and city slickers alike. The town is right in the middle of the Des Moines, Middle, and South Rivers, but also just a 15 minute drive to downtown Des Moines. Carlisle also has multiple parks and a very popular bike trail which leads to Banner, a state park with a lake. Most of the town is in the upper middle class or middle class; many people use the short commute to Des Moines for their employment. Carlisle, Iowa is a wonderful place!
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There are not very many crimes reported in Carlisle. We are such a tight-knit community. We all work to improve/support our school/community in any way we can. Our community is growing so fast. More and more families have been moving to Carlisle recently. We are continuously growing. We have recently been opening more businesses too, lots of room to grow. I am excited to see how much we will improve ourselves/build in the next few years.
Carlisle is small.But what nice about it so quiet and peace good place to raise your family.People here are very and helpful. I lived here for 1 year I absolutely loved it here.