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 3,090,416 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
1Ankeny, IAPopulation: 45,73285AA+A+ABBD+
2Urbandale, IAPopulation: 39,42684AAA+A+B+BD+
3Frytown, IAPopulation: 7884FAA+A+A+A+D+
4Waukee, IAPopulation: 14,10884BAA+A+B+BD+
5Eldridge, IAPopulation: 5,63083B+AA+A+BBD+
6Asbury, IAPopulation: 4,38583AB+A+AB+BD
7Marion, IAPopulation: 34,75083AA+A+ABC+D
8University Heights, IAPopulation: 1,31883A+D+A+A+BB+D+
9Pella, IAPopulation: 10,36583AA+A+ABBD+
10Clive, IAPopulation: 15,55783ABAAAB+D+
11Ames, IAPopulation: 59,20683A+AAA+CBD
12Grimes, IAPopulation: 8,34182BA+A+A+BBD+
13Mount Vernon, IAPopulation: 4,49882BAA+A+BBD
14Carlisle, IAPopulation: 4,07082BA+A+AC+C+D+
15Decorah, IAPopulation: 8,09782AA+A+ACC+D
16Cedar Falls, IAPopulation: 39,19782AA+A+AC+BD
17Bettendorf, IAPopulation: 33,34782B+AAA+BBD+
18Hiawatha, IAPopulation: 7,04682AA+A+AC+C+D
19Le Mars, IAPopulation: 9,76582AA+A+AC+CD
20Lambs Grove, IAPopulation: 17782CA+A+AABD+
21Orange City, IAPopulation: 6,05482BA+A+AC+C+D
22Sioux Center, IAPopulation: 7,05582AA+A+B+BBD
23Indianola, IAPopulation: 14,78781B+A+AAC+C+D+
24Sun Valley Lake, IAPopulation: 14781FA+A+A+AAD+
25Van Meter, IAPopulation: 1,52081DA+A+A+B+C+D+
26Norwalk, IAPopulation: 9,01281D+A+A+A+B+C+D+
27Huxley, IAPopulation: 3,27081CA+A+AB+BD
28Coralville, IAPopulation: 18,93181AAB+ABBD+
29Williamsburg, IAPopulation: 3,06081BA+A+A+C+C+D
30Amana, IAPopulation: 38281C+AA+A+BBD
31Iowa City, IAPopulation: 68,36481A+ABACBD+
32North Liberty, IAPopulation: 13,33081B+AAA+BC+D+
33Le Claire, IAPopulation: 3,73781CA+A+A+BBD+
34Underwood, IAPopulation: 86481DA+A+A+B+BC
35Center Point, IAPopulation: 2,49480CA+A+ABC+D
36Carroll, IAPopulation: 10,05780B+A+A+B+CCD
37Johnston, IAPopulation: 17,31680CCA+A+AB+D+
38Polk City, IAPopulation: 3,45180FAA+A+B+BD+
39Lake Panorama, IAPopulation: 1,10080FA+A+A+B+AD
40Gilbert, IAPopulation: 1,11280DA+A+A+BBD
41Granger, IAPopulation: 1,30180DA+A+ABBD+
42Wilton, IAPopulation: 2,80080CA+A+ABCC
43Lisbon, IAPopulation: 1,92380CA+A+ABC+D
44Treynor, IAPopulation: 97080DA+A+A+BC+C
45Mount Pleasant, IAPopulation: 8,73780AA+A+B+CCC
46Peosta, IAPopulation: 1,50680DAA+A+B+BD
47Algona, IAPopulation: 5,53480AA+A+AC+D+F
48Remsen, IAPopulation: 1,85680C+A+A+AC+CD
49Saylorville, IAPopulation: 2,84980DA+A+ABBD+
50Grinnell, IAPopulation: 9,20580AA+AACCD
51Kalona, IAPopulation: 2,54480BA+A+BCCD+
52Dubuque, IAPopulation: 57,72779A+A+B+B+CCD
53Fairfield, IAPopulation: 9,46279A+A+B+ACDC
54Riverdale, IAPopulation: 59379D+A+A+ABBD+
55Clear Lake, IAPopulation: 7,76579B+A+A+AC+C+F
56Grundy Center, IAPopulation: 2,69479C+A+A+AC+CD
57West Des Moines, IAPopulation: 57,04179BABABBD+
58Wellman, IAPopulation: 1,54279CA+A+ACCC
59Stone City, IAPopulation: 22579FAA+AA+B+D
60Atkins, IAPopulation: 1,87879FA+A+AB+BD
61Alleman, IAPopulation: 62179FA+A+A+B+BD+
62De Witt, IAPopulation: 5,29979C+A+AAC+C+D
63Dyersville, IAPopulation: 4,09379BA+A+B+CC+D
64Altoona, IAPopulation: 14,56379BA+BABBD+
65Mitchellville, IAPopulation: 2,52579D+A+A+BBCD+
66Durant, IAPopulation: 1,88979D+A+A+AC+C+D+
67Logan, IAPopulation: 1,58579CA+A+B+C+CD
68Garner, IAPopulation: 3,10979BA+A+AC+CF
69Waverly, IAPopulation: 9,88179BA+AABC+D
70Westwood, IAPopulation: 12479FA+A+A+BBC
71Winterset, IAPopulation: 5,17079C+A+A+B+CC+D+
72West Branch, IAPopulation: 2,60679FA+A+ABC+D+
73Urbana, IAPopulation: 1,43779DA+A+B+BC+D
74Osage, IAPopulation: 3,61579BA+A+ACD+F
75Dike, IAPopulation: 1,25079DA+A+ABBD
76Fairfax, IAPopulation: 2,07679DBA+A+B+BD
77Walford, IAPopulation: 1,67379FB+A+AABD
78Sloan, IAPopulation: 1,02479D+A+A+ABCD
79Bondurant, IAPopulation: 3,89179FA+A+A+BBD+
80Onawa, IAPopulation: 2,98579B+A+A+B+D+DD
81Cascade, IAPopulation: 1,99679D+A+A+ABCD
82La Porte City, IAPopulation: 2,55479CA+A+B+C+CD
83Hudson, IAPopulation: 2,36679FA+A+AB+BD
84Pleasant Hill, IAPopulation: 8,67879DAA+ABBD+
85Rock Valley, IAPopulation: 3,36979BA+A+BC+CD
86Park View, IAPopulation: 2,40879FA+A+A+BBD+
87Denver, IAPopulation: 1,83379DA+A+ABC+D
88Twin Lakes, IAPopulation: 28379FAA+A+AAD
89Parkersburg, IAPopulation: 1,91479CA+A+AC+CD
90Tiffin, IAPopulation: 1,85779DAA+AC+C+D+
91Moville, IAPopulation: 1,67979DA+A+ABCD
92Jesup, IAPopulation: 2,88379D+A+A+ABCD
93Sheldon, IAPopulation: 5,09679B+A+A+ACCD
94Cedar Rapids, IAPopulation: 126,92179A+A+CAC+C+D
95Vinton, IAPopulation: 5,25379C+A+A+AC+CD
96Mount Ayr, IAPopulation: 1,60479C+A+A+ACDD+
97Tipton, IAPopulation: 3,20679C+A+A+BC+CD+
98Fairbank, IAPopulation: 1,18179D+A+A+ABCD
99Solon, IAPopulation: 2,23279DAA+A+BBD
100Elkader, IAPopulation: 1,19878C+A+A+AC+DD
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