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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    A-
Greater Southside is a neighborhood in Des Moines, Iowa with a population of 8,712. Greater Southside is in Polk County. Living in Greater Southside offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Greater Southside there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Greater Southside and residents tend to lean conservative.
About Greater Southside...
Population
8,712

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$121,903
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$869
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    32%
  • Own
    68%
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Greater Southside Rankings

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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

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$54,350
National
$55,322
Families with Children
26%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    38%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%
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South Side pride is one thing we don't live down. Everyone is a family and the area is generally safe. After college I will defiantly come back to live here. Even though the weather is a little crazy, people from Des Moines are tough and know how to handle it. I see Des Moines' future growing, improving.
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Local business in Iowa are pretty excellent. some stores that are very popular is Walmart, Hy-Vee, and Maurices. There is a ton of variety in Iowa you can pretty much get all the things you need at the stores near you. If you stop in at Walmart you can get your groceries, clothes, electronics, lawn and garden. I think we have big companies vs. mom- and- pop shops because most places have spread world wide and they don't care as much as smaller businesses. You can get everything that you need in Iowa.
When I am older I will be able to let my kids walk home with out worrying for their safety. Downtown is a little scary but for the most part it is safe, they are also improving downtown with new restaurants and places to get together.