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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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  12. Commute
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Norwalk is a suburb of Des Moines with a population of 9,944. Norwalk is in Warren County and is one of the best places to live in Iowa. Living in Norwalk offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Norwalk there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Norwalk and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Norwalk are highly rated.
About Norwalk...
Population
9,944

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$169,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$840
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    29%
  • Own
    71%
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Norwalk Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    106
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    0
    41
  • Robbery
    29
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    183
    500
  • Theft
    646
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    10
    284
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Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$80,675
National
$55,322
Children
22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    38%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%
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Norwalk Reviews

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Small town atmosphere close to big city amenities. Great schools, friendly neighbors and low crime rates. Would like to see more general store and restaurant options. Diversity is always a good addition to complete the well-rounded community.
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I like that it's a growing town that's incorporating more commercial businesses to attract people. While it still has the appeal of a small town with small town businesses and a slowed down way of life, there are still name brand businesses and food chains scattered around the town that allows people to stay close to home and still get the joys of a bigger city type of life style.
I grew up in Norwalk and recently moved back to my home town. It is lovely and the neighborhood is developing nicely.