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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Clive is a suburb of Des Moines with a population of 17,134. Clive is in Polk County and is one of the best places to live in Iowa. Living in Clive offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Clive there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Clive and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Clive are highly rated.
About Clive...
Population
17,134

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$243,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$920
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    22%
  • Own
    78%
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Clive 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
    67
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    11.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    212.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,177.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    128.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    36%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Clive

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$94,907
National
$55,322
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Clive is an excellent city to live in. Close to everything. The Waukee school district is amazing! Always growing and the teachers are great. Also, Mission Fitness is an excellent gym located minutes from Clive. Awesome classes for all ages and skill levels! The coaches are so motivating and push you to be your best self!
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I grew up in Clive all of my life! Clive is a part of the West Des Moines Community School District, the best district in Iowa. Clive is family friendly and a quiet place to live. The cost of living is affordable and has many opportunities for careers.
Suburban life style, with easy access to anything in the Des Moines area. Commute to major malls are easy, lots of options for public schools, housing price range is decent, and apartments are affordable in the area, plenty of easy access to gas stations, restaurants, and grocery stores. You have all the basics and are within reach of all the extras you could want.