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Overall Niche Grade
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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
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    NG
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    NG
Union Park is a neighborhood in Des Moines, Iowa. Union Park is in Polk County and is one of the best places to live in Iowa. Living in Union Park offers residents an urban feel and most residents own their homes. In Union Park there are a lot of bars and parks. Residents of Union Park tend to be liberal.
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Population

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$98,917
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$915
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    33%
  • Own
    67%
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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
$45,234
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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We’ve lived in this area for over 5 years, & love the beautiful historical Union Park. You can walk to the downtown farmers market, walk to the botanical garden, so close to the best trail system in Des Moines. It’s close to all the fun places in Des Moines! The folks are very friendly & comprised of mostly quiet older people or sweet young families. Everyone knows each other & there’s a real sense of community which is really nice. When we first moved here our neighbors all introduced themselves & were very sweet & welcoming “we even got cookies!”
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This area has a lot of opportunities for young families, in education, child care, job security, a lot of help wanted signs at all the various fast food places, also various well known business's. For entertainment, this city is widely recognized for its night life and the varieties available for all ages, there is something enjoyable, at all hours, and every day of the week. A lot of area business have conferences, due to the fine quarters available to all area business's. The local government have done a fine job of attracting new business's to locate in the general vicinity, with alot of variables that is attractive for new businesses to choose this area to locate, also for the local education, possible employee base available, schools, general overview of quality of life for their employees to be relaxed with. The local newspaper always keeps everyone in touch with what is always about to happen.............
There is very little crime in the area, borders on a university one side and a high school on the other side.