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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    A
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    A-
Johnston is a suburb of Des Moines with a population of 20,172. Johnston is in Polk County and is one of the best places to live in Iowa. Living in Johnston offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Johnston there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Johnston and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Johnston are highly rated.
About Johnston...
Population
20,172

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$248,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,123
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    27%
  • Own
    73%
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Johnston Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    91.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    18.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    32.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    146.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    912.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    50.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    4%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Johnston

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$94,539
National
$55,322

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Johnston Reviews

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Johnston is a wonderful suburb area. You are in drivIng distance to anything you could ever need by 25 minutes. This community has worked hard to make it look beautiful as well. In spring there are flowers being planted and store fronts are made to look clean and updated. The area is middle class to upper class. So availability of low income housing is close to none. AllowIng cheaper housing would give young families and adults a chance to enjoy this community. This community could be more diverse in the residents who live here but I can see that growth happening in the future.
Overall I would highly recommend Johnston to any person looking to move!
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I live in a beautiful part of town. Right by school, actually, and the sunrises are the prettiest thing you’ll ever see. My neighbors are wonderful and I live really close to my friends. The shopping takes time some days but it’s fine because we usually get ice cream at the end of it at our local ice cream parlor. The teachers at school are very helpful and intelligent people, who truly care if you do well or not. I’m conclusion, Johnston is an excellent place to live, and I don’t think I’ve lived anywhere that I’ve felt happier.
Johnston is a wealthy suburb of Des Moines. The people are generally pretty friendly and nice, and the school system is fantastic with academics. However, it lacks diversity, and growing up here is tough if you do not come from an upper middle class family. The school district is huge, so it is easy for B- and C-level to fall through the cracks and go unnoticed if they are struggling. It is stereotypical suburbia, but a safe community.