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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    NG
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    NG
Oak Park is a neighborhood in Des Moines, Iowa. Oak Park is in Polk County and is one of the best places to live in Iowa. Living in Oak Park offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Oak Park there are a lot of bars and parks. Residents of Oak Park tend to have moderate political views.
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Population

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$91,373
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$695
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    32%
  • Own
    68%
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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
    283
  • Murder
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500
  • Theft
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$46,675
National
$55,322
Children
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
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There have been many improvements in the businesses of the neighborhood overall, but I think it would be nice for the city to get involved with fixing up homes and cleaning up the neighborhood. Many homes are run down and there seems to be little invlovement to encourage the maintence of the area.
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There are many parts of the world were there is murder, theft, and a large percent of homeless people. It's not that bad of a place, by any means. But the crime level is slowly growing, and the quality of the homes and roads in this area are diminishing fast. We have dogs with certain restrictions, so living in a neighborhood like this is our only option for the next few years until we are able to finish school, and buy a home. I see a lot more run down homes, and crime in the future for this area.
Living in Des Moines isn't a terrible place to live . Its typically known as a quiet, layed back city, although it has gotten worse over the years with violence due to many individuals moving here from surrounding states. Seeing friends of mine getting shot over money or drugs or anything else is not ok. We need to protect our people and our city and keep all the unnessasary violence out so we as the people can grow into a bigger and greater community.