Burlington

59 reviews
  1. Town in Iowa
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Real Estate
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$83,300
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$653
National
$904
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    32%
  • Own
    68%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    446
    264
  • Murder
    8
    5
  • Rape
    62
    37
  • Robbery
    113
    135
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    780
    575
  • Theft
    2,430
    2,114
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    171
    257

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$37,223
National
$53,046
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    18%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    33%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    14%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools

Reviews

59 reviews
  • Excellent
    0
  • Very Good
    16
  • Average
    37
  • Poor
    6
  • Terrible
    0
A relatively small community with a chronic affordable housing crisis, rent is rather high compared to the number of steady jobs available. Crime is high for such a small area as well. Police unable to deal with large city violence that has crept into the community.
  • Current Resident
  • 3 days ago
There are some good businesses in the area, that I like. Notably Nature's Corner downtown and Grandpas's ice cream. Nature's corner is sort of all into natural essential oils and herbs. Mostly I go there because they make different types of snacks(candyish) like sugar and sour cream almonds(awesome), chocolate covered coffee beans, various flavors of yogurt covered pretzels. They have an entire wall of different types of things like that, they sell by the pound.

Grandpa's Ice Cream is also awesome, they try to bring in new flavors occasionally, and I've never been there and seen less than 10 flavors, usually I see about 20. I know my sister likes it because they don't use food dyes, I like it because it gives my a chance to try different flavors, and see how well different ice cream goes together. Grandpas's in on Roosevelt.

Actually most of the "mom and pop" stores are downtown on Jefferson, like digger's rest (coffee, they've got some good ones to), weird harold's, a number of boutique's now that I think about it. Oh and Napoli's which is an awesome pizza place. There's a gallery, though I haven't looked at what they have in like 7 years since they moved to the downtown location. Most of the main stores we have are on roosevelt, or shortly off of it, though walmart and Hy-Vee are on Agency street. Fast food places are on roosevelt. But the major chains are all in the area too, dollar tree, shopko. There aren't lot of the major cloting retailers though, but there is a marshall's and a younkers.
  • Niche User
  • Apr 30 2015
There's there's sort of cycle in winter. Every about 5-7 years there's like one year when the snow falls really heavy, and except for that one year there are practically no snow days. I do recall there being a few fog delays though. It's on the Mississippi, so every now and then there was a day when you couldn't see more than like 5 feet in front of you, and school got delayed. I've never seen a tornado hit, but I've seen a few in the distance, particularly in may/june. Every few years there's a large flood, but it rarely gets to the level of the courthouse, the last major flood was the flood of 93, though the flood of 08 did some damage too. Most years there's sandbags down by the river, but it's rare for it to rise more than 5-10 feet, and because burlington is on hills, it doesn't reach homes
  • Niche User
  • Apr 30 2015