Skip to Main Content
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C
  12. Commute
    A
Carroll is a town in Iowa with a population of 9,937. Carroll is in Carroll County. Living in Carroll offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Carroll there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Carroll and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Carroll are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$139,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$578
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    31%
  • Own
    69%
Sponsored Mortgage Options for Carroll
Get Rates
  • $0 Lender Fee on Home Loans Limited Time Only
  • Biggest Home Loan Sale Ever. Low interest rates. Get a quote today!
Niche may be compensated by the third party lenders and others who place ads on the website. Niche is not a lender and does not endorse the products of these advertisers. Fees that Niche receives for ads do not affect the terms you may be offered by the lender you choose. There are many additional borrowing options available.

Carroll 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
    10.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    10.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    534.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,038.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    121
    284
Home Security Options for Carroll
Learn More
  • 24/7 Whole home protection with no contract
  • CNET Editor’s choice winner 2018

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Carroll

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$44,561
National
$55,322
Places like Carroll
More

Carroll Reviews

31 reviews
All Categories
Carroll has probably an average variety of food and drink for the size of the town. There is a Mexican restaurant, a Chinese restaurant, several sandwhich shops, an Italian/American restaurant, sports restaurants/bars, a western restaurant, several pizza places, and way too many fast food options compared to the family-sit-down restaurants. One of the most popular restaurants is Rancho Grande. It has very affordable prices and more food than one can stomach with great service of their employees. Chips and salsa are always being replaced at all the tables, drinks are never left dry, and the food is always hot. One of their best dishes is the chimichanga with refried beans on the side. Always a good choice! Another very popular place is Charlie's Steakhouse. Charlie's Steakhouse is extremely similar to Texas Roadhouse. Many people go to here to experience the burger challenge. The burger challenge is a pound of beef on a Texas bun, stacked high with every condiment one could think of with a huge side of fries. If one is able to consume all of the food in the challenge, they receive a free Charlie's tshirt. There really are not a ton of bar/nightlife options for people to go to. There are probably five or fewer bars in Carroll, and many of the places do not have a dance floor for people to dance. There are way too many fast-food restaurants, pizza options, and sandwhich shops for this community, compared to the amount of sit-down family restaurants. There are no chain restaurants besides fast food places so people have to go out of town if they want something from a restaurant chain. Overall, the variety in Carroll is quite slim compared to other places in Iowa.
Start Your Review of Carroll
Rate It!
Carroll, Iowa is considered a "big town" in western Iowa because of all the smaller little towns located throughout the county. Everyone comes to Carroll to support local businesses, enjoy the community, and experience the liveliness of it! Our downtown area mainly consists of locally owned stores and restaurants. Some of the better known restaurants downtown are Rancho, B & S's, Santa Maria Winery, and Sam's Sodas & Sandwhiches. Rancho and the winery are never not busy. People will wait for however long they have to be able to have a table downtown because the food is so amazing. There are many fashionable botiques owned by members of the community in the area as well. For example, We the Dreamers has now been opened for about a year and has the latest women's fashion available. There are only a few big companies downtown, for instance, JCPennies and the Buckle. There is even a Walgreens located on the corner of Main Street and the Lincoln Highway for small grocery items. The Market on 30 is a locally owned grocery store where you can purchase many meat items in bulk. Other grocery stores include HyVee, Fareway, KMart, and WalMart. WalMart is near the edge of town, so not as many people venture out there when other grocery towns are located closer in town. I believe Carroll has absolutely everything the average Joe needs. We have great shopping, many friendly businesses that are locally owned where you can find a familiar face, a movie theater and bowling alley for a fun night out, and even a bike trail that wraps around Swan Lake where people camp all summer long into the early days of fall. Overall, Carroll is the place to be and a very enjoyable town where you can find everything you need!
Carroll is a great place to live. There are quite a few attractions, some great, locally-owned restaurants, and a community that thrives on providing great services for its people. I would highly recommend living here for anyone that would like to.