Fort Madison, IA

Population: 10,769

Key findings

  • Fort Madison has a Livability Score of 67/100, which is considered average
  • Fort Madison crime rates are 47% higher than the Iowa average
  • Cost of living in Fort Madison is 10% lower than the Iowa average
  • Fort Madison real estate prices are 40% lower than the Iowa average
  • Rental prices in Fort Madison are 16% lower than the Iowa average

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      Top Rated Schools in Fort Madison

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      Lincoln Elementary SchoolKG - 330075%
      Fort Madison Middle School4 - 868061%
      Richardson Elementary SchoolPK - 333260%
      Fort Madison High School9 - 1256757%
      Holy Trinity Catholic SchoolsPK - 12302n/a
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      A bad city that doesn't know how to run itself

      this is a boring town for old people. the roads are ridiculously bad, and they choose to fix road areas that are drive-able opposed to those that aren't (i.e. the highway, one lane in the downtown area is literally falling to pieces). bad town planning. money is going into someone's pockets, or it's just going to frivolous things. would not recommend unless you're old and don't go anywhere, and don't drive. everything good has burned down, there's a serial arsonist who has ruined the bowling alley, the roller skating rink, the book nook, a furniture store, and a used furniture store, and that's just all i know about. and now ATVs and golf carts are allowed on the road... as if people didn't drive badly enough, they have to throw vehicles unsafe for city streets into the mix. the middle school is in the middle of nowhere, the elementary schools need a lot of work, if not new buildings entirely. but they want to put a new elementary school by the middle school, also in the middle of nowhere. they would have to bus a majority of students, and don't even have enough bus drivers for people who live within 2 miles of the school. just dumb dumb dumb.
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      Wonderful small town

      I love living in Fort Madison. It's a quiet family friendly place with beautiful Victorian houses and quaint downtown shops. The people are friendly, but it's not so small that everyone is nosy. There are nice parks. It's very cozy here. There's a local newspaper with insightful articles. It has a low crime rate. There are places you can get locally grown food. It's absolutely beautiful at Christmas. And there's a rodeo! And hot air balloons! And a lovely river view from many places in the town. It's a great place to raise a family! I give it an A+.
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      Source: The Fort Madison, IA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).