Waukee, IA City of Waukee

22. Waukee, IA

May 30, 2014

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


Median family income (per year)$87,070
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted)$96,455
Sales tax6.00%
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%


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


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 longer4.5%
% population walk or bike to work1.3%

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


Annual rainfall (inches)34.72
% clear days in the area55%
High temp in July ° F86°
Low temp in Jan ° F11.7°

Meet the neighbors

Median age31.3
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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