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
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$133,800
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$646
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%

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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
    598
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    44
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    321
    525
  • Theft
    1,738
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    44
    263

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$45,365
National
$53,889
Children
15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%
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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!
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The education when I went to school here was good, and so was the overall atmosphere. However, over the last few years, the quality of education and young individuals in the town has gone down and it seems like drug use has increased.
Since Grinnell is a college town, we do have some unique stores like McNallys, Paglias, etc. But we do lack retails shops and nic nac stores. We have walmart, but would like to have something else..