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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    A+
Sheldon is a town in Iowa with a population of 5,132. Sheldon is in O'Brien County. Living in Sheldon offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many young professionals and retirees live in Sheldon and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Sheldon are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$140,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$569
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%
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Sheldon 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
    254.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    39.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    607.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,058.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    137.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    35%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Sheldon

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$48,563
National
$55,322
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Sheldon Reviews

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Pleased moving here. The policemen are nice and friendly and we feel safe within the community which is important. Plenty of fun activities for children and families. Indoor and outdoor pool memberships which can also be obtained based off income so its inclusive. The park in town is just a big fun great park for children and families.
Sheldon puts families first which is very important. I wish we knew something was being done about any possible drug trafficking going on or suspicious behaviors of some people but again the law enforcement seems trustworthy to take care of that. The schools have good ratings here. There are many different quick bites . many different religious churches to choose from based off your beliefs which is so nice.
Alot of resources for people and families of all walks and needs in life.
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Sheldon is a nice, safe town. There are many wonderful, kind people who live there. The community is mostly warm and inviting. However, I do find that many people tend to be very conservative and close-minded, which causes a lot of social issues in town. Unfortunately, I really don't think there's anything that can be done to change this because people here are extremely traditional and are not willing to change.
The Town is very boring and as soon as the town gets something interesting it closes after a few months. The schools are pretty good on the other hand. The theatre program is amazing. I think it is a good family town but awful if you are a teenager or young adult.