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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$138,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$700
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    36%
  • Own
    64%

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    723
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    44
    41
  • Robbery
    11
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    986
    500
  • Theft
    1,895
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    66
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$45,948
National
$55,322
Children
15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%
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Grinnell Reviews

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Grinnell is a small town tucked away within the corn fields and rolling green hills of the Hawkeye State. Fueled by athletics and academics, and welcoming to families of any background. This little Iowa town has almost anything you're looking for in a small town. It's a great place to raise kids and if nightlife is your thing, than check out the brewery or pub for all of your local brews. Something I would like to see change would be some remodeling on the roads in and around the town.
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Grinnell is a good place to raise a family. It has a safe environment and many opportunities to make friends. However, sometimes it can get a little dull in the winter. Overall, it is a great place to grow.
Grinnell is a very family friendly town. There are a good amount of restaurants and bars in town. The brewery downtown was a great addition to the town, as well as Grinnell Hotel.