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22. Waukee, IA

201309_BPL_WAUKEE
Waukee, IA City of Waukee

Top 50 rank: 22

Population: 14,945

Waukee is one of the fastest-growing communities in the state — no surprise given its supply of affordable homes (median home prices well below $200,000) and a school district known for excellent extracurricular programs.

The town recently committed to $50 million in new development projects, including an expansion of a major road corridor and renovations to several areas downtown. –H.L.

Waukee, IA

Town stats

Median family income (per year) $87,070
Job growth % (2010-2012) 10.71%
Median home price (2012) $179,000
Reading test scores (% above/below average) 12.4%
Math test scores (% above/below average) 10.2%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 12

Financials

Median family income (per year) $87,070
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted) $96,455
Sales tax 6.00%
State income tax rate (highest bracket) 8.98%I
State income tax rate (lowest bracket) 0.36%I
Auto insurance premiums (Average price quotes, for the state) $1,394
Job growth % (2010-2012) 10.71%

Housing

Median home price (2012) $179,000
Average property taxes(2012) $3,382

Education

Colleges, universities and professional schools (within 30 miles) 9
Reading test scores (% above/below state average) 12.4%
Test scores math (% above/below average) 10.2%
% students attending public/private schools (located within town limits) 100.0/0.0

Quality of life

Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good) N.A.
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 12
Median commute time (in minutes) 19.6
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer 4.5%
% population walk or bike to work 1.3%

Leisure and culture

Movie theaters (within 15 miles) 14
Restaurants (within 15 miles) 943
Bars (within 15 miles) 194
Public golf courses (within 30 miles) 48
Libraries (within 15 miles) 29
Museums (accredited by AAM; within 30 miles) 1
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) N.A.
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 0.4

Weather

Annual rainfall (inches) 34.72
% clear days in the area 55%
High temp in July ° F 86°
Low temp in Jan ° F 11.7°

Meet the neighbors

Median age 31.3
Completed at least some college (% of residents) 72.6%
Married % 67.5%
Divorced % 7.6%
Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity) 22.0

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