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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
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Grimes is a suburb of Des Moines with a population of 11,930. Grimes is in Polk County and is one of the best places to live in Iowa. Living in Grimes offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Grimes there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Grimes and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Grimes are highly rated.
About Grimes...
Population
11,930

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$212,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$959
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    27%
  • Own
    73%
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Grimes Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    22%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    4%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    18%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    6%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%

Working in Grimes

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$86,018
National
$55,322
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Grimes Reviews

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Just moved to Grimes a couple months ago and love it! The town is adorable and has a rustic look to it. I have friends who have lived here for years and love the schools, neighborhoods, and nearby shops. Grimes's location is also near the Menards, Aldi, and Walmart so its always easy to shop. There is also a HyVee scheduled to be built.
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Grimes Iowa is a developing suburban area heading towards the direction of a welcoming community. Neighborhoods are in progress as houses continue to be built which provides a great opportunity for house searching. New up-and-coming stores are being brought into the city of Grimes, increasing the quality of the community.
I have lived in grimes all of my life, it's really the only place I know. I love this small intimate area just outside of Des Moines. Grimes is only about 20 minutes from Des Moines and is convienetly located within a short drive of any shopping. The thing I love most about Grimes is the people. Grimes is not very diverse when it comes to ethnicities, but the people are wonderful. Grimes is growing rapidly but everyone is still connected if you don't know someone you know someone who knows them. Everyone is connected and that is a wonderful feeling. Our neighbours are true neighbours they will lend you a hand if you need it sometimes before you ask. Your neighbours keep an eye on your property when you're away. This sense of closeness is a wonderful feeling of knowing that our little town is safe. That is Grimes, that is why I love Grimes.