A-
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 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.
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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.
There is a great variety (32 to be exact!) of different restaurants in our small town. The most popular being The Prairie Canary. Their vegetarian bean burger and chocolate crepes are the best!