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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B+
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  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-
Clear Lake is a town in Iowa with a population of 7,644. Clear Lake is in Cerro Gordo County and is one of the best places to live in Iowa. Living in Clear Lake offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Clear Lake there are a lot of restaurants and parks. Many families, young professionals, and retirees live in Clear Lake and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Clear Lake are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$157,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$628
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    29%
  • Own
    71%
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Clear Lake 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
    357.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    13.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    410.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,442
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    145.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    27%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Clear Lake

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$55,674
National
$55,322
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Clear Lake Reviews

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I grew up and spend most of my life in Clear Lake, Iowa. Clear Lake offers a wide variety of entertainment from live music, entertainment, theater, a large lake excellent for water sports and fishing, and more! The thing I like the most about Clear Lake is the welcoming atmosphere the community provides for guests. People leave and end up coming back because they loved it so much. Clear Lake's population ends up basically doubling in the summertime because it is such a hot spot for tourists between the lake, and the historical Surf Ballroom where Buddy Holly played his last show!
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I have grown up in Clear Lake my entire life. The community allows different types of people come together with activities such as the Kite Festival, Thursdays on Main, regattas, Art in the Park, and more. I personally do not attend the school district in Clear Lake, but it has its own achievements.
Living in Clear Lake, Iowa is wonderful, don't get me wrong. But there are very few activities to do during the winter or when it's chilly out. When summer comes along the lake is the place to be. Or the state parks or downtown. I love living in Clear Lake when the summer comes around because there is a ton of things to do. My favorite would probably have to be the week of the 4th of July. The huge carnival comes to town and the fireworks are beautiful!! So much fun activities to do around town and everybody seem so friendly.