Urbandale 98 Exceptional
Urbandale Livability #1 ranked city in Iowa#4 ranked city in the USARanks better than 99% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Urbandale Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C+ Urbandale Cost of Living Cost of living is 8% higher than Iowa
Urbandale
973% less expensive than the US average
Iowa
9010% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Urbandale cost of living
A+ Urbandale Crime Total crime is 46% lower than Iowa
Total crime
1,08456% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 9356% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-28%Year over year crime is down
Urbandale crime
B Urbandale Employment Household income is 50% higher than Iowa
Median household income
$81,86248% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$42,88044% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%36% lower than the US average
Urbandale employment
B+ Urbandale Housing Home value is 54% higher than Iowa
Median home value
$204,70011% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$85010% lower than the US average
Home ownership
80%25% higher than the US average
Urbandale real estate or Urbandale rentals
A+ Urbandale Schools HS graduation rate is 8% higher than Iowa
High school grad. rates
95%15% higher than the US average
School test scores
85%73% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:15% lower than the US average
Urbandale K-12 schools
A+ Urbandale User Ratings There are a total of 4 ratings in Urbandale
Overall user rating
92% 4 total ratings
User reviews rating
90% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
94% 3 total surveys
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      Living in Urbandale, IA

      Located in the state of Iowa, Urbandale is a medium-sized city with a population of 41,578 inhabitants. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (90% White). Given that fact, Urbandale could be considered less diverse than other cities. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Urbandale might be a good fit as 87% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 55% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

      Whether you’re moving to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Urbandale could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Iowa if you know where to look. To help you find the best places to live in and around Urbandale, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, cost of living, employment, housing and more.

      Urbandale has a livability score of 89 out of 100 and is ranked #2 in Iowa and #61 in the USA. Compared to the United States average, Urbandale ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! The cherry on top is that Urbandale also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities. For each of the livability categories, we know that Urbandale ranks very well for amenities (A+), crime (A), education (A+), employment (B) and housing (B+). On a less positive note, Urbandale does not have favorable grades for the following: weather (D). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Urbandale on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops.

      School test scores can be an important metric in deciding if the local area schools can provide a solid educational system for children. The schools in Urbandale have a test score average of 85%, which is well above the US average.

      For buyers, real estate will be the largest purchase they ever make and it will also be their most valuable asset. For renters, the monthly rent paid on their Urbandale apartments will most likely be their largest expense. Based on tangible metrics like home and rental affordability and appreciation rates, housing in this area has received a score that is well above the average of every other US city.

      Assuming that Urbandale meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Urbandale. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Urbandale are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Urbandale come in at $204,700, which is 54.1% higher than the Iowa average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Urbandale, the home price to income ratio is 2.5, which is 4.2% higher than the Iowa average.

      Urbandale transportation information

      StatisticUrbandaleIowaNational
      Average one way commute18min19min26min
      Workers who drive to work86.2%80.7%76.4%
      Workers who carpool5.2%8.6%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.9%1.1%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.1%0.5%0.6%
      Workers who walk0.5%3.5%2.8%
      Working from home6.6%4.5%4.6%

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      Source: The Urbandale, IA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).