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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    A
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    C
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    B

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$188,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,037
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    22%
  • Own
    78%

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
    283
  • Murder
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500
  • Theft
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
C
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$83,125
National
$55,322
Children
29%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    38%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%
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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.
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Safe place to live with a great community! Multiple events to get involved in on the weekends and a fantastic school district.
I have lived in Grimes for a little over ten years. It has grown very quickly during that period of time. The town has grown so quickly that the school and city infrastructure has had a hard time keeping up. The class sizes are now approaching 250, which is larger than we would like. I feel like the town cares much more about new people, businesses, etc. It feels like the city council and mayor want growth just because places like Ankeny and Waukee have had it.