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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
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    A-
Highland Park is a neighborhood in Des Moines, Iowa with a population of 12,810. Highland Park is in Polk County. Living in Highland Park offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Highland Park there are a lot of bars, restaurants, and parks. Many families live in Highland Park and residents tend to have moderate political views.
About Highland Park...
Population
12,810

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$96,205
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$789
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    29%
  • Own
    71%
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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
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$50,508
National
$55,322
Families with Children
33%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    1%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    7%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    40%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    19%
    13%
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Highland Park Reviews

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It's alright. I would raise kids here if I could. The north side is often stereotyped as dangerous for Des Moines. It's not all that bad. That being said we do have a lot of break ins and car theft so just lock your doors and it'll be fine.
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Most of the crime that occurs in the area where I live involves petty theft. However, there have been a few incidents lately involving shootings around the local high schools. The last shooting incident was a drive-by and occurred by a bus stop right next to the high school that I attended. Thankfully, incidents such as these are few and few between.
There are a wide variety of places to eat around Des Moines. Pizza and burger joints are particularly popular. I try to visit Zombie Burger whenever I come home from college on a break. Their burgers are crazy - in a good way!