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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    A+
Downtown is a neighborhood in Des Moines, Iowa with a population of 4,010. Downtown is in Polk County and is one of the best places to live in Iowa. Living in Downtown offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Downtown there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Downtown and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Downtown are above average.
About Downtown...
Population
4,010

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$248,563
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$759
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    86%
  • Own
    14%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$37,857
National
$55,322
Families with Children
4%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    22%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    11%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%
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