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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

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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

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