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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    A-
Westwood is a neighborhood in Des Moines, Iowa with a population of 5,237. Westwood is in Polk County and is one of the best places to live in Iowa. Living in Westwood offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Westwood there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Westwood and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Westwood are above average.
About Westwood...
Population
5,237

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$214,313
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$776
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    48%
  • Own
    52%
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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
$60,366
National
$55,322
Families with Children
37%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    17%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    24%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%
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