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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
    A
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    A
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Urbandale is a suburb of Des Moines with a population of 42,222. Urbandale is in Polk County and is one of the best places to live in Iowa. Living in Urbandale offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Urbandale there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Urbandale and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Urbandale are highly rated.
About Urbandale...
Population
42,222

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$216,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$864
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    21%
  • Own
    79%
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Urbandale Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    222.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    22.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    18.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    318.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    806.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    107.7
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Urbandale

Jobs
A
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$85,432
National
$55,322
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Urbandale Reviews

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Great, family friendly area! Parks everywhere, everything is clean, low crime rate, excellent schools. Tons to do and very nice people in the area
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Urbandale is just a short uber drive away from downtwon Des Moines which has a large farmers market every Saturday, historic east village with shops and restaurants, a fun night life, and events taking place every weekend throughout the summer. It is always close to west Des Moines which offers a large mall, restaurants, outdoor retail stores. It is also located close to Saylorville Recreation Area and Big Creek State Park. The bike trail system in the Des Moines area. Wells Fargo Arena get a lot of great music acts that come through. Downtown Des Moines also has several places that host live music including Simon Estes Amphitheater, which is an outdoor venue on the river.

What I’d like to see change is more local organic food stores in Urbandale itself.
It's great! Lots of friendly people, close to Des Moines, and lots of things to do. Very safe community with lots of amazing things.