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Waukee, Grimes named to Movoto’s 10 best places to live in Iowa

Movoto Real Estate recently announced their list of the 10 best places to live in Iowa based on factors such as unemployment rate, cost of living, crime rate, and household income.

Out of 81 places in Iowa with a population over 5,000, the City of Waukee ranked number one due to a high median income of $74,413, a high median income home value of $183,900, and a high school diploma attainment rate of 95 percent.

Waukee also scored an A+ in education and is named one of the fastest-growing school districts in the state. Dr. David Wilkerson, Superintendent for Waukee Community Schools, said, “We’ve always known that Waukee was a great place to live and raise a family. It’s nice to see that highlighted in the Movoto Blog of the 10 Best Places in Iowa. We’re pleased that the school district plays a part in making Waukee special.”

Also included in parts of Dallas County was the City of Clive, ranked fifth on the list based on its stunning Greenbelt Park and trail system, high school diploma attainment rate of 98 percent, and median household income of $98,385. Urbandale was also included on the list, coming in at number eight, due to its 96 percent high school diploma attainment rate, median home value of $191,000, and a median household income of $80,751 which is 69 percent higher than the state average.

Close to Dallas County is the City of Grimes which was ranked number three on the list. Grimes has a median rent price of $772, a median household income of $72,308, and 96 percent of residents have high school diplomas.

Other cities ranked on the list include North Liberty (ranked second), Johnston (tied with Grimes at number three), Norwalk (ranked sixth), Ankeny (ranked seventh), Pleasant Hill (ranked ninth), and Coralville (ranked 10th).