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    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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Merle Hay is a neighborhood in Des Moines, Iowa with a population of 15,904. Merle Hay is in Polk County and is one of the best places to live in Iowa. Living in Merle Hay offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Merle Hay there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Merle Hay and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Merle Hay are above average.
About Merle Hay...
Population
15,904

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$139,976
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$829
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    31%
  • Own
    69%
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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
$55,390
National
$55,322
Families with Children
29%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%
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Des Moines is 10 years behind. I find myself often bored. It is too safe. Usually the people around here are overall rude and small-minded. I see it more as a town then a city. There's not much diversity whether it comes to the people, places, or any form of art. I could not see myself moving back to Iowa after college. I wouldn't see Des Moines advancing in the future unless we get the right leaders for it. Des Moines is in dire need or creatives and new ideas. Often times the great, geniuses are underappreciated and end up moving someplace else. I've been to Denver, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Houston, Orlando, and Omaha; I must say all these places are going in the right direction, but Des Moines seems to go backwards. The public transportation isn't even all that great here.
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The cops do the best they can, but often they misinterpret the general public. They live in fear. I have had occasional incidents with cops, and they weren't great experiences. One time I had seen a cop shoot an unarmed man, because he was dancing out in the street and went on a slow speed chase around my neighborhood. I had to talk to a reporter because the young man had been unjustified. Cops are everywhere and it's unneeded. I am always paranoid whenever I see a cop driving around. They only want to make money so if one itty bitty thing seems wrong, they will end you.
I love my neighborhood. It's safe. I know most of my neighbors. I have played with the neighbor kids and their pets. My neighbors have also helped me find my dog before. My house is also a good distance from the elementary, middle, and high school I went to so it was easy to walk, ride my bike, or drive when needed. I hope to see my neighborhood grow a little bit. I also hope the education system gets better and pushes more students to their full potential.