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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    A-
  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
    B+
Waukee is a suburb of Des Moines with a population of 17,980. Waukee is in Dallas County and is one of the best places to live in Iowa. Living in Waukee offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Waukee there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Waukee and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Waukee are highly rated.
About Waukee...
Population
17,980

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$211,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,051
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    22%
  • Own
    78%
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Waukee Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    103
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    44
    41
  • Robbery
    5
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    236
    500
  • Theft
    747
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    187
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    17%
  • 10-17 years
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    19%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    7%
  • 65+ years
    9%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    39%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%

Working in Waukee

Jobs
A+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$91,875
National
$55,322

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Waukee Reviews

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Waukee is nice friendly town with great schools. Conveniently located less than 15min from Des Moines, 10min from West Des Moines- great places to go explore, volunteer & have fun!
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Great town! The roads are well paved, the people are pretty friendly, kids can get a good education here. However, I do wish there were more things to do. It's basically a town of just houses. There are very few restaurants or various recreational institutions. More businesses would be nice.
Waukee is absolutely beautiful! The people are so kind, and the town is so well kept. Most towns have a portion considered the slums; there is not an area of Waukee that isn't gorgeous.