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    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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Southwestern Hills is a neighborhood in Des Moines, Iowa with a population of 10,113. Southwestern Hills is in Polk County and is one of the best places to live in Iowa. Living in Southwestern Hills offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Southwestern Hills there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Southwestern Hills and residents tend to lean conservative.
About Southwestern Hills...
Population
10,113

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$194,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$646
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%
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Southwestern Hills 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
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$62,824
National
$55,322
Families with Children
30%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%
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Everyone is fun and friendly. Everyone helps everyone else out, from bringing food over when there has been problems to helping shovel sidewalks.
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People live in this particularly live here for a fairly long time. An elderly couple that lives across the street has been living there for 25 years, another couple about 20. We have recently moved to this area and lived here for about four years. Pets are widely accepted in the area. There is a lot of dog walking on nice days in the spring and fall and almost all the time during the summer.
During the winter we get heavy amounts of snow each year. When spring comes, the snow melts, starting some flooding. We tend to have spells of heavy rain and drought in the summer. The rain causes flooding at some point in time during the summer. We also have an occasional tornado in a neighboring town.