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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    C+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C
  12. Commute
    C+
Shellsburg is a town in Iowa with a population of 921. Shellsburg is in Benton County. Living in Shellsburg offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families live in Shellsburg and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Shellsburg are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$146,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$747
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    25%
  • Own
    75%
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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
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    8%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    17%
  • 55-64 years
    19%
  • 65+ years
    21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    11%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    39%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    41%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Shellsburg

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$46,917
National
$55,322
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Shellsburg Reviews

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Iowa is known for having all four seasons. Winters are very cold and summers are very hot. We have storms all the time. Thunderstorms are common during the summer, but it's hot in between. It can be humid or dry. During the winter, it gets extremely cold. There's always snow on the ground. Mid-winter, the temperature is usually around 5, and wind chill can drop the temperature to -30. Spring and autumn are beautiful, though. The temperatures are perfect and the weather is out of this world. If you live here, you have to have clothes for all weather!
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Most of the people in this town work outside it, in neighboring cities. There are a few cashier jobs, but they're almost always taken. Businesses can rarely afford to hire more people than they currently have. Farming is a major employment opportunity, and very popular in Shellsburg. Most students find jobs detasseling for small farms or for large crews run by companies like Pioneer. The surrounding area isn't as bad, so anyone willing to drive 15 minutes or so will probably be able to find a job. In Vinton, the closest town, many people work in retail or the food industry. There aren't many opportunities for advancement unless one has an education. The job outlook for Shellsburg isn't good. Most people that manage to find jobs there hold onto them, because they're so rare. They aren't very high-paying jobs, and there are almost never openings. Businesses have a hard enough time getting by in such a small town without hiring more workers. Overall, the job outlook in Shellsburg is poor.
I've never had a problem with crime in Shellsburg. The police are friendly, but rarely needed. I'm sure that they're effective when they're called. I've personally never seen anything but traffic violations in or around town. This town is very safe and I've never felt in danger.