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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  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
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    B+
West Branch is a town in Iowa with a population of 2,581. West Branch is in Cedar County. Living in West Branch offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In West Branch there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in West Branch and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in West Branch are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$139,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$656
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    19%
  • Own
    81%
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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
    256
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    85
    500
  • Theft
    299
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    43
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$61,493
National
$55,322
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    36%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%
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West Branch Reviews

3 reviews
West Branch is a quaint little town with a rich presidential history. The people here are very accepting and sociable, but the town lacks some recreation and good restaurants. If we could build a recreation center open to everyone year round, and possibly build some good quality restaurants, I think that the town, overall, will improve and it will attract more people.
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West Branch is a small little town filled with friendly people. It's downtown is beautiful and the city itself is kept clean. West Branch is known for the school's athletic accomplishments and is the home to the 31st President of the United States, Herbert Hoover. Many tourist visit in the summer when the West Branch community hosts a celebration on behalf of Hoover.
West Branch is a family friendly town. Everyone is nice and there are smiles all around. It is a small town, but the smaller the better. You know everyone around you and the little shops are a great way to meet others.