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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    A
Storm Lake is a town in Iowa with a population of 10,738. Storm Lake is in Buena Vista County. Living in Storm Lake offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families live in Storm Lake and residents tend to have moderate political views.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$118,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$639
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%
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Storm Lake 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
    519
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    139
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    454.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,103.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    55.6
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    17%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    17%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    9%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    11%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    33%
    13%

Working in Storm Lake

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$48,382
National
$55,322
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Storm Lake Reviews

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The diversity!
This town is on its own level when it comes to acceptance of all nationalities. It enables a chance for success for everyone. It is a growing communiity that meets and surpassses all expectations. Despite being in the middle of no where this town has more businesses than one could imagine. The resturants all the way to autoshops, this town has it all. The school system is even great because it has a variety of athletics for the students to be in.
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I would like to see some kind of regulation on what landlords can charge tenants. The amount of money they are asking for up front to be able to rent a place is ridiculous. I would also like to see a day care center as we have too many issues with day care providers as there is a growing demand for them. I would also like to see more family oriented activities/centers where one can spend some time with one's children. Besides a few parks we have nowhere for our children to spend time, we need our bowling alley back!
This community is what I would like to say the most diverse town in Iowa. It's accepting of all cultures and races and provides all the opportunities to become successful. It's also very safe due to an outstanding police department, fire department, and hospital located in town. The schools consist of outstanding teaching and athletics that will create outstanding future citizens.