Fort Dodge, IA

Population: 24,626 livability score shield

Key findings

  • Fort Dodge has a Livability Score of 69/100, which is considered average
  • Fort Dodge crime rates are 112% higher than the Iowa average
  • Cost of living in Fort Dodge is 7% lower than the Iowa average
  • Fort Dodge real estate prices are 36% lower than the Iowa average
  • Rental prices in Fort Dodge are 16% lower than the Iowa average

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      Top Rated Schools in Fort Dodge

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      Feelhaver Elementary SchoolKG - 423365%
      Cooper Elementary SchoolKG - 428157%
      Duncombe Elementary SchoolKG - 439655%
      Butler Elementary SchoolKG - 447955%
      Fort Dodge High School9 - 121,14552%
      Fort Dodge Middle School5 - 81,08948%
      Harvest Baptist SchoolPK - 1258n/a
      Community Christian SchoolPK - 861n/a
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      Fort Dodge Reviews

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      Fort Dodge, IA: A Great Combination of City and Country
      Attractions9/10
      Community8/10
      Nightlife7/10
      Dining7/10
      Shopping8/10
      Fort Dodge, Iowa is located around an hour or so north of Des Moines. Fort Dodge is a fun city with the conveniences of urban commerce and the pleasantries of rural living. Fort Dodge is medium-size city with a lot to offer for shopping, dining, and even nightlife. Some attractions in Fort Dodge include the Crossroads Mall and Blanden Memorial Art Museum.

      There are many parks located along the Des Moines River. During the fall season the trees that line the river in every park give a breathtaking display of natural warm colors that are a favorite of locals and visitors. The overall weather in Des Moines is the same as the rest of the Midwest being that the winters are very cold with a lot of snow and the summers are very hot and quite humid.

      The housing market in Fort Dodge is excellent as well. Single family homes are among some of the cheapest in Iowa, and property taxes are kept reasonably low. Fort Dodge is a safe and clean community, and an excellent choice for those looking to raise a family, or those looking for something different, maybe even better than Des Moines.
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      Source: The Fort Dodge, IA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).