Population: 9,216

Male 47% Female 53%
Married 48%
Single 52%

City rating

This rating is a weighted average of commute time, crime rate, population, median salary, and more.


Overall value

This score adds annual household income and cost of living to the city rating.


Density (Population per mile²)

Compared to New York, Grinnell has a very low population density. Grinnell is perfect for those who like a quiet city.

1,848 Grinnell
27,441 New York

City Info

Grinnell, IA is a great place to live. It has its pros and cons like any city, but with a quality of life rating of 9/10 and an overall value of 7/10, it’s no surprise why so many people choose to live here.

Population density is a way of determining how crowded an area is. Grinnell has a population density of 1,848, with 9,216 current residents.

Out of the 9,216 current residents, 47% are male and 53% are female. 48% of the residents are married and 52% are single.



Air quality

Best air quality


  • 54% Sun
  • 34% Rain
  • 28% Snow


47°F average temperature

  • 49 years Median home age
  • $126,220 Median home price
  • 3.94% Home appreciation rate
  • 10.99% Annual property tax
  • 60.3%
    Homes owned
  • 32.5%
    Homes rented
  • 7.2%
    Homes vacant


As for living in Grinnell, the air quality is 94% and the weather, on average, is 54% sunny, 34% rainy, and 28% snowy. The average temperature is 47°F.

Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a home in Grinnell, you should know that 60.3% of homes are owned while 32.5% of homes are rented, and 7.2% of homes are vacant. The median price of a home is $126,220, the median age of homes is 49 years, the annual home appreciation is 3.94% and the annual property tax is 10.99%.



Religious diversity

  • Crime rate (per 100,000)

  • Average age

  • Political majority

    Democrat Democrat


When looking at the community of Grinnell, it’s important to determine the crime rate. Grinnell’s crime rate is 4 total number of crimes reported per 100,000 total population. The average age of residents in Grinnell is 36 years and the breakdown of political affiliations is 55.01% Democratic, 43.26% Republican, and 1.73% Independent.






Student teacher ratio 1:15


  • Management, Business, Art & Sciences
  • Sales & Office Occupations
  • Service Occupations
  • Production, Transportation & Material Moving
  • Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance
  • 85%
    High school diploma
  • 7%
    Some college or associates degree
  • 14%
    Bachelors degree
  • 11%
    Graduate or professional degree


When looking at Grinnell, it’s important to understand employment statistics. 5.70% of residents are unemployed in Grinnell (which does not include the percentage of residents who are no longer in the labor force). Of the employed Grinnell residents: 12.9% of employed residents work in the management and business field, 20.78% are in the arts and sciences field, 20% are in the customer service field, 21.2% are in the sales field, 0.17% work in farming, fishing, and forestry, 5.4% of employed residents work in the construction field, and 19.5% work in production. When it comes to education, the ratio of teachers to students is 1:15. The percentage of residents who have graduated high school is 85.21%, 6.91% of residents have an associate’s degree, 13.50% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, and 10.90% have a master’s degree.



Average commute time

Daily breakdown: by transport type

  • Public
  • Car
  • Carpool
  • Work at home


If you plan on commuting to work in Grinnell, you should be aware that the average commute time is 14 minutes, compared to the national average commute time of 26 minutes. When it comes to commuting, residents of Grinnell have a few different options. 62% of commuters use their own cars, 12% of commuters carpool, 0% of commuters use the transit system, and 2% of residents work from home.

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