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Indianola is a town in Iowa with a population of 15,653. Indianola is in Warren County and is one of the best places to live in Iowa. Living in Indianola offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Indianola there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in Indianola and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Indianola are highly rated.
About Indianola...
Population
15,653

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$156,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$763
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    35%
  • Own
    65%
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Indianola Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    470.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    12.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    81.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    438.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,648.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    163
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    15%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Indianola

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Median Household Income
$59,077
National
$55,322
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I love living in Indianola! Everyone here is so friendly, kind, and helpful! It truly is a place that feels like home! The balloon festival is a ton of fun, as is the warren county fair they have every year, they have a lot of great churches in town and they are very welcoming. There are a lot of great little shops in town and they have a ton of fun events on the "square" (the downtown). There is also a variety of restaurants and they have wonderful food! They have everything I need and then some! Also, the police force is awesome!
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I grew up here and have always loved the strong sense of community that it has. Everyone here is kind and it is very rare that any crime happens. The school system was also amazing for me because I knew almost everyone in my class and many others that were not. It is possible to participate in many activities throughout the year, such as events on the square, the National Balloon Classic, and even RAGBRAI every now and then.
Indianola is a bedroom community. The commute into the city is not bad, except when the weather is bad. The town has enough amenities to serve anyone who never wants to leave town. It is a safe place for kids to play and wander. Neighborhoods are well cared for. A small college is in town, and the student body fits well into the community.