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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    A-
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    B+
Rock Valley is a town in Iowa with a population of 3,681. Rock Valley is in Sioux County. Living in Rock Valley offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. Many families and young professionals live in Rock Valley and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Rock Valley are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$144,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$703
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    27%
  • Own
    73%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    0
    282.7
  • Murder
    26.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    79.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    132
    500.1
  • Theft
    105.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    26.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    20%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    8%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    36%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%

Working in Rock Valley

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$62,200
National
$55,322

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Rock Valley Reviews

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Rock Valley is different than any other town. First of all, there are several job opportunities. There are a number of factories and businesses that are always looking for help. Second of all, everyone is so welcoming and kind. The people who live around you are almost always willing to help you out. There are two schools, and also many churches. The best thing about Rock Valley in my opinion is the campground and the bike trails. They are beautiful and family friendly. My experience living in Rock Valley has been great so far.
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Living in a small town in Northwest Iowa is absolutely fantastic. Everyone knows everyone else and takes the time to care about each other. If something terrible happens in your family, you can be sure that at least half of the town will be thinking of you and praying for you, if not physically trying to help you. It is hard to rank this area in comparison to everywhere else in the country because I cannot remember much about living anywhere else. However, every time I go on a trip, I love the change of scenery and find a new atmosphere to be exciting, but I am always ready to come back caring cornfields of home in NW Iowa.
Crime in this area is pretty well under control. Occasionally you hear about a drug or alcohol bust, but only on rare occasions. The prevalence of more crimes, especially murder and theft, is very low, and the police do a very good job of monitoring the streets for any possible situation. On any cruise around town, you can see at least one police vehicle doing its rounds. I personally have no concerns regarding crime in my small town.