Fort Dodge, Iowa is a moderately-sized city with a population of 24,626 people. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (89% White). Given that fact, Fort Dodge could be considered less diverse than other cities. If you are not a fan of long commutes, you will enjoy living in Fort Dodge. With average one way commute time of only 13 minutes, getting to and from work is a breeze compared to the national average of 26 minutes.
Living in Fort Dodge can be a fulfilling experience for anyone moving to the area. Having said that, in the state of Iowa, there are many desirable places to live, so choose wisely! The best areas in Fort Dodge and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from crime, education, employment, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Iowa and national averages.
Using data and statistics Fort Dodge has received a livability score of 70 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 62nd percentile when compared to all other cities. Based on the grades for each individual category, Fort Dodge has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+), cost of living (A) and education (B+). On a more negative note, Fort Dodge does not have favorable grades for the following: crime (F), weather (F), employment (D-) and housing (D-). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.
Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Fort Dodge has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.
From the cost of groceries to never ending utility bills, monthly expenses can add up in a hurry. We are happy to report that the cost of living in Fort Dodge is actually 20.62% lower than the national average. You can definitely expect all those irritating monthly expenses to be less than most other cities.
Assuming that Fort Dodge meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Fort Dodge. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Fort Dodge are simply unattainable. The median home price for Fort Dodge homes is $84,700, which is 36.2% lower than the Iowa average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Fort Dodge, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.2, which is 8.3% lower than the Iowa average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Fort Dodge will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Fort Dodge, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 2.5%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 3.3%.
|Average one way commute||13min||19min||26min|
|Workers who drive to work||81.9%||80.7%||76.4%|
|Workers who carpool||9.3%||8.6%||9.3%|
|Workers who take public transit||0.5%||1.1%||5.1%|
|Workers who bicycle||1.0%||0.5%||0.6%|
|Workers who walk||3.1%||3.5%||2.8%|
|Working from home||3.4%||4.5%||4.6%|