Mason City, IA

Population: 27,546

Key findings

  • Mason City has a Livability Score of 68/100, which is considered average
  • Mason City crime rates are 80% higher than the Iowa average
  • Cost of living in Mason City is 5% lower than the Iowa average
  • Mason City real estate prices are 23% lower than the Iowa average
  • Rental prices in Mason City are 8% lower than the Iowa average

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      Top Rated Schools in Mason City

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      Jefferson Elementary SchoolPK - 441770%
      Mason City High School9 - 1299163%
      John Adams Middle School7 - 855460%
      Roosevelt Elementary SchoolPK - 441957%
      Hoover Elementary SchoolPK - 441657%
      Lincoln Intermediate5 - 660656%
      Harding Elementary SchoolPK - 434542%
      Alternative School9 - 128430%
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      Resident- in mason

      The city is not bad, people are nice. The schools are very good. There a few issues I noticed, the city Government lacks vision, focusing on the Music Man and downtown area that is dying, southbridge Mall created a some new opportunities with the Ice-skating Arena. We have a small airport that is old, an airports in S America. The council is a one-way street, do not dedicate enough time to Citizens to voice their opinions. The crime rate has become bigger. At this point, I do not see much going on here typically Government bureaucracy. I expected much better from Iowa.
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      i hate mason city

      not the place to live lots of theft murder rape and burglary and criminal mischief to ive lived in garner for years and also been to mason city not the place to live I hate it you will to and there's a bunch of road rage too don't come here I've lived in garner for years and garner is far better then Mason city I hate here don't live here it sucks a lot I'm warning you don't go at past 8 its no place for low crime its high here
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      River City: A True American Gem

      There is no place that is quite like Mason City, Iowa. It has a charm that comes from generations and generations of kind and hardworking people coming together to create this beautiful place. Mason City, also known as River City, is a perfect corner of America to call home. It has a tremendous history and I am proud of say I am a part of making that history for future generations.

      Mason City has a lot of cute museums and local treasures that make it a fun place to explore. I love the historic buildings and monuments, especially the Stockman house. River City also boasts many great restaurants and bars that keep the town hopping and fun. I particularly enjoy 1910 Grille'. It has a warm and cozy environment that feels inviting and easily compares to gastropubs in far larger cities.

      Mason City is truly a gem. The family values and warm community have made and will continue to make Mason City great.
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      Source: The Mason City, IA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).