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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$186,400
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$699
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    13%
  • Own
    87%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    44
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    22
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    265
    525
  • Theft
    1,127
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    44
    263

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$68,910
National
$53,889
Children
22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    29%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    35%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    9%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%
  • Public Schools
  • Colleges

Mount Vernon Reviews

11 reviews
All Categories
Lincoln Wine Bar is amazing. The people are super friendly. The stores are all fun and unique, especially Big Creek Emporium. The local grocery store, Gary's, will go out of their way to make sure that they carry everything you need. When I moved there when I was little, they didn't carry Ovaltine and I needed to drink it to go to sleep. They've been carrying it ever since.
Review Mount Vernon
I love living in Iowa! I have never really liked big cities, so being in a small town in the middle of nowhere is perfect!
We have a lot of comfort food in town, but it's a big variety. We have one place that does great breakfast, another that has great coffee, and then we have a couple bar and grills and a wine bar that serves artisan pizza.