Best Places to Live in Iowa

AreaVibes reveals the best places to live in Iowa by using a Livability Score out of 100. The Livability Score for each city in Iowa is calculated from a unique algorithm based on various metrics, including: amenities, cost of living, crime, education, employment, housing and weather. Iowa has a population of 3,047,646 and a population density of 54.6. The capital city is Des Moines and the largest city in Iowa is Des Moines. To filter the results, use the filters on the left to sort by state, population and category.
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Rank City Livability Ame­nities Cost of Living Crime Edu­cation Emp­loyment Housing Weather
1Urbandale, IAPopulation: 39,42684A+AB+A+B+BD+
2Ankeny, IAPopulation: 45,73284A+A+AABBD+
3Waukee, IAPopulation: 14,10883B+AA+A+B+BD+
4Mount Vernon, IAPopulation: 4,49883A+AAA+BBD
5Clive, IAPopulation: 15,55782A+B+BAAB+D+
6West Des Moines, IAPopulation: 57,04182A+ABABBD+
7University Heights, IAPopulation: 1,31882A+D+A+A+BB+D+
8Decorah, IAPopulation: 8,09782A+A+A+ACC+D
9Ames, IAPopulation: 59,20682A+A+BA+CBD
10Orange City, IAPopulation: 6,05481AA+A+AC+C+D
11Johnston, IAPopulation: 17,31681B+C+A+A+AB+D+
12Marion, IAPopulation: 34,75081A+A+B+ABC+D
13Pleasant Hill, IAPopulation: 8,67881BAAABBD+
14Norwalk, IAPopulation: 9,01281C+A+AA+B+C+D+
15Pella, IAPopulation: 10,36581A+A+C+ABBD+
16Grimes, IAPopulation: 8,34181B+A+B+A+BBD+
17Polk City, IAPopulation: 3,45181CAA+A+B+BD+
18North Liberty, IAPopulation: 13,33081AABA+BC+D+
19Bettendorf, IAPopulation: 33,34781AABA+BBD+
20Altoona, IAPopulation: 14,56381AA+BABBD+
21Hiawatha, IAPopulation: 7,04680AA+AAC+C+D
22Carroll, IAPopulation: 10,05780A+A+A+B+CCD
23Eldridge, IAPopulation: 5,63080B+AB+A+BBD+
24Carlisle, IAPopulation: 4,07080BA+AAC+C+D+
25Williamsburg, IAPopulation: 3,06080BA+A+A+C+C+D
26Huxley, IAPopulation: 3,27080CA+A+AB+BD
27De Witt, IAPopulation: 5,29980AA+B+AC+C+D
28Van Meter, IAPopulation: 1,52080DA+A+A+B+C+D+
29Coralville, IAPopulation: 18,93180A+AC+ABBD+
30Iowa City, IAPopulation: 68,36480A+ACACBD+
31Le Mars, IAPopulation: 9,76580A+A+B+AC+CD
32Windsor Heights, IAPopulation: 4,85780AAC+ABBD+
33Cedar Falls, IAPopulation: 39,19779AA+AAC+BD
34Lambs Grove, IAPopulation: 17779CA+BAABD+
35Saylorville, IAPopulation: 2,84979CA+A+ABBD+
36Wilton, IAPopulation: 2,80079CA+A+ABCC
37Grundy Center, IAPopulation: 2,69479C+A+A+AC+CD
38Fairfield, IAPopulation: 9,46279A+A+BACDC
39Clear Lake, IAPopulation: 7,76579A+A+B+AC+C+F
40Vinton, IAPopulation: 5,25379B+A+AAC+CD
41Bondurant, IAPopulation: 3,89179D+A+AA+BBD+
42Winterset, IAPopulation: 5,17079AA+B+B+CC+D+
43Gilbert, IAPopulation: 1,11279DA+A+A+BBD
44Asbury, IAPopulation: 4,38579B+CAAB+BD
45Center Point, IAPopulation: 2,49479CA+A+ABC+D
46Story City, IAPopulation: 3,41679BA+A+B+C+C+D
47Granger, IAPopulation: 1,30179DA+A+ABBD+
48Sioux Center, IAPopulation: 7,05579AAB+B+BBD
49Le Claire, IAPopulation: 3,73778BAC+A+BBD+
50Cedar Rapids, IAPopulation: 126,92178A+A+CAC+C+D
51Amana, IAPopulation: 38278C+ABA+BBD
52Indianola, IAPopulation: 14,78778AA+CAC+C+D+
53Robins, IAPopulation: 3,13678CD+A+A+AB+D
54Independence, IAPopulation: 5,98878AA+BB+C+CD
55Atkins, IAPopulation: 1,87878FA+A+AB+BD
56Underwood, IAPopulation: 86478DA+BA+B+BC
57Walford, IAPopulation: 1,67378FB+A+AABD
58Waverly, IAPopulation: 9,88178AA+CABC+D
59Lisbon, IAPopulation: 1,92378CA+AABC+D
60Fairfax, IAPopulation: 2,07678DBA+A+B+BD
61Sergeant Bluff, IAPopulation: 4,17878C+AC+AB+BD
62Kalona, IAPopulation: 2,54478BA+ABCCD+
63Tipton, IAPopulation: 3,20678BA+ABC+CD+
64Remsen, IAPopulation: 1,85677C+A+AAC+CD
65New Hampton, IAPopulation: 3,56577BA+A+B+CD+F
66Algona, IAPopulation: 5,53477AA+BAC+D+F
67Spencer, IAPopulation: 11,20477A+A+BACCF
68Waukon, IAPopulation: 3,88677BA+A+B+CD+D
69Urbana, IAPopulation: 1,43777DA+A+B+BC+D
70Mount Pleasant, IAPopulation: 8,73777AA+C+B+CCC
71Alleman, IAPopulation: 62177FA+B+A+B+BD+
72Nevada, IAPopulation: 6,79577BA+BAC+CD
73Solon, IAPopulation: 2,23277DAA+A+BBD
74Jesup, IAPopulation: 2,88377CA+A+ABCD
75Adel, IAPopulation: 3,76777BA+B+AC+C+D
76Humboldt, IAPopulation: 4,67177B+A+ABCD+D
77Forest City, IAPopulation: 4,14277BA+A+B+CD+F
78Wellman, IAPopulation: 1,54277CA+AACCC
79Dike, IAPopulation: 1,25077DA+A+ABBD
80Blue Grass, IAPopulation: 1,42677DAA+B+BC+D+
81Hudson, IAPopulation: 2,36677FAA+AB+BD
82Tiffin, IAPopulation: 1,85777DA+A+AC+C+D+
83Grinnell, IAPopulation: 9,20577AA+CACCD
84Shenandoah, IAPopulation: 5,14477AA+ABCDC
85Treynor, IAPopulation: 97077DA+BA+BC+C
86Jefferson, IAPopulation: 4,32977AA+A+BCDD
87Durant, IAPopulation: 1,88977D+A+A+AC+C+D+
88Ely, IAPopulation: 1,71477FAA+A+ABD
89Arnolds Park, IAPopulation: 1,00777CAA+AC+BF
90Dubuque, IAPopulation: 57,72777A+AC+B+CCD
91West Branch, IAPopulation: 2,60677FA+A+ABC+D+
92Slater, IAPopulation: 1,61077FA+A+A+BC+D
93Monticello, IAPopulation: 3,79277B+A+B+ACCD
94Emmetsburg, IAPopulation: 3,87477B+A+A+B+CD+F
95Sheldon, IAPopulation: 5,09677B+A+B+ACCD
96Denver, IAPopulation: 1,83377DA+A+ABC+D
97Mitchellville, IAPopulation: 2,52577D+A+ABBCD+
98Knoxville, IAPopulation: 7,35377AA+BB+CD+C
99Lamoni, IAPopulation: 2,70877BA+AAD+DD+
100Cresco, IAPopulation: 3,87377AA+AB+CDD
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