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
$196,200
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$832
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    19%
  • Own
    81%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    91
    273
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    16
    41
  • Robbery
    9
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    288
    525
  • Theft
    1,100
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    122
    263

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$78,059
National
$53,889
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    35%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    19%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Urbandale Reviews

76 reviews
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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.
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Urbandale has a small town feel with a big town education system benefit. I like that the neighborhoods aren't dangerous; you can leave your door unlocked if you wish. You know your neighbors and they know you. The city has a lot of events that help bring the community together for different holidays, and really brings the 'home-y' feeling back to your block.
Urbandale is the perfect place whether an individual is a senior citizen, a twenty-something or a growing family. There's many job opportunities, plenty of restaurants and a very safe and friendly community. I have lived here for approximately a year and a half after graduating college and have never once regretted my decision.