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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C
  12. Commute
    A-
Shell Rock is a town in Iowa with a population of 1,396. Shell Rock is in Butler County. Living in Shell Rock offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Shell Rock there are a lot of parks. Many retirees live in Shell Rock and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Shell Rock are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$124,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$617
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    24%
  • Own
    76%
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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
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    39%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    35%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Shell Rock

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$53,015
National
$55,322
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I love the hometown feel that you get when in Shell Rock. I grew up in Clear Lake, Iowa where it had a small town feel, but was big enough that not everyone knew each other. I like that Shell Rock offers the ability to get to know your neighbor all while feeling comfortable leaving your doors unlocked. It is very convenient having the Shell Rock River run right through the middle of town which offers a wide variety of activity including but not limited to, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, tubing, swimming, etc. Shell Rock even has it's own pool to offer the community! I think the best thing that Shell Rock could do to improve is through advertising. I feel that Shell Rock is somewhat of a hidden treasure that only few enjoy because not everyone knows about the town. I look forward to spending many more years in this town, getting to know the residents, and becoming more involved with my community.
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I live in a small town that consists of two bar restaurants, one Kwik Star, a couple hair salons, a very small Laundromat, a couple car washes, and one automotive repair shop. Ten minutes away from Shell Rock, my hometown, is a town called Waverly where one would get groceries, go out to eat, and buy other necessities needed in every day life. There are a lot more businesses in Waverly than Shell Rock for food, clothing, and merchandise.
In Shell Rock, there aren't a lot of options but there are a variety of places to work in Waverly, ten minutes away from Shell Rock, like grocery stores, restaurants, and unique shops.