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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    A-
  3. Housing
    A
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  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
    C+
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$201,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$724
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    16%
  • Own
    84%

Mount Vernon Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    22
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    22
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    265
    500
  • Theft
    535
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    45
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$72,188
National
$55,322
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    26%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    40%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    9%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    1%
    13%
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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.
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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.