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Marion Among Best Places for Homeownership in Iowa

Post Date:07/24/2014 8:19 AM

NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website, recently conducted a study to find the best places for homeownership in Iowa – and Marion ranked among the top ten.

NerdWallet based its rankings on the following criteria: 

  • Homeownership rate
  • Selected monthly homeowner costs
  • Monthly household income
  • Population growth

NerdWallet ranked Marion as the seventh best place in Iowa for homeownership in cities with over 10,000 residents. The area has a homeownership rate of 73.6 percent, and median monthly homeowner costs are $1,361. Marion grew by 4.4 percent between 2010 and 2012.

Marion has made a name for itself as an Iowa hub for the arts, especially every May at the Marion Arts Festival. The Art Fair SourceBook ranked the Marion event as the best one-day show in the country, and it took second place for the best return on your investment. Marion is also home to the Granger House Victorian era museum, and the Marion Heritage Center, a cultural and historical center. The city recently celebrated the opening of the Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts. For more active pursuits, residents have their choice of two in-town golf courses and three more just outside town.

Other Iowa cities included in the top ten list are: Waukee, North Liberty, Ankeny, Johnston, Urbandale, Altoona, Clive, Bettendorf and Marshalltown. Read the full study online.

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