A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    A
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$204,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$850
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    20%
  • Own
    80%

Urbandale 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
    109
    283
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    16
    41
  • Robbery
    18
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    389
    500
  • Theft
    1,066
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    100
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$81,862
National
$55,322
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    35%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%
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I love Urbandale. My parents moved here when I was almost one year old. We moved into a house in the middle of the town. Most of the schools are within a five mile radius, there are parks and recreational area nearby. We are in the house of Urbandale. The people are amazing, and the schools have been perfect to me. They are the perfect size and I have always been comfortable in these settings.
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Urbandale is a perfect suburb community in which one can raise a family. With much less crime than the city of Des Moines that it shadows to the northwest, one can truly feel safe and secure. Whenever the rare tragedy does strike (as was the case when two of our police officers were shot), the community comes together as one 40,000 member family. I have lived in Urbandale my whole life and have found plenty to offer, little to curb my development, and now I plan to come back after college if I can find a job in the area.
Wonderful place to live, easy access to events in neighboring towns, and still quiet enough to see the stars at night!