A
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
$177,500
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,015
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    19%
  • Own
    81%

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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
    273
  • Murder
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    525
  • Theft
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    263

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$77,652
National
$53,889
Children
27%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    38%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%
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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.
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I have grown up in the town of Grimes as I attended Dallas Center Grimes High School and I have always thought highly of this town. It is smaller and such a tight knit community. If someone needs something the community comes together to do their best to help out where they are needed. The school district is also amazing. The education you receive while at DC-G is outstanding. Overall Grimes is a great place to raise a family and build a life.
The town and people are awesome. Everyone is friendly and supportive of each other. It is also safe and well patrolled. Many people I have talked to say nothing but positive things about the schools as well.