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
5Frytown, IAPopulation: 7882FA+AA+A+A+D+
6University Heights, IAPopulation: 1,31882A+D+A+A+BB+D+
7Clive, IAPopulation: 15,55782A+BBAAB+D+
8West Des Moines, IAPopulation: 57,04182A+ABABBD+
9Orange City, IAPopulation: 6,05482AA+A+AC+C+D
10Decorah, IAPopulation: 8,09782A+A+A+ACC+D
11Johnston, IAPopulation: 17,31681B+CA+A+AB+D+
12Bettendorf, IAPopulation: 33,34781AABA+BBD+
13Marion, IAPopulation: 34,75081A+A+B+ABC+D
14Ames, IAPopulation: 59,20681A+ABA+CBD
15Asbury, IAPopulation: 4,38581B+B+AAB+BD
16Norwalk, IAPopulation: 9,01281C+A+AA+B+C+D+
17Pleasant Hill, IAPopulation: 8,67881BAAABBD+
18Pella, IAPopulation: 10,36581A+A+C+ABBD+
19Grimes, IAPopulation: 8,34181B+A+B+A+BBD+
20North Liberty, IAPopulation: 13,33081AABA+BC+D+
21Eldridge, IAPopulation: 5,63081B+AB+A+BBD+
22Polk City, IAPopulation: 3,45181CAA+A+B+BD+
23Altoona, IAPopulation: 14,56380AA+BABBD+
24Hiawatha, IAPopulation: 7,04680AA+AAC+C+D
25De Witt, IAPopulation: 5,29980AA+B+AC+C+D
26Carlisle, IAPopulation: 4,07080BA+AAC+C+D+
27Carroll, IAPopulation: 10,05780A+A+A+B+CCD
28Williamsburg, IAPopulation: 3,06080BA+A+A+C+C+D
29Le Mars, IAPopulation: 9,76580A+A+B+AC+CD
30Lake Panorama, IAPopulation: 1,10080FA+A+A+B+AD
31Van Meter, IAPopulation: 1,52080DA+A+A+B+C+D+
32Lambs Grove, IAPopulation: 17780CA+BAABD+
33Sun Valley Lake, IAPopulation: 14780FA+AA+AAD+
34Cedar Falls, IAPopulation: 39,19780AA+AAC+BD
35Coralville, IAPopulation: 18,93180A+AC+ABBD+
36Iowa City, IAPopulation: 68,36480A+ACACBD+
37Huxley, IAPopulation: 3,27080CA+A+AB+BD
38Windsor Heights, IAPopulation: 4,85779AAC+ABBD+
39Wilton, IAPopulation: 2,80079CA+A+ABCC
40Saylorville, IAPopulation: 2,84979CA+A+ABBD+
41Grundy Center, IAPopulation: 2,69479C+A+A+AC+CD
42Fairfield, IAPopulation: 9,46279A+A+BACDC
43Clear Lake, IAPopulation: 7,76579A+A+B+AC+C+F
44Sioux Center, IAPopulation: 7,05579AA+B+B+BBD
45Amana, IAPopulation: 38279C+A+BA+BBD
46Vinton, IAPopulation: 5,25379B+A+AAC+CD
47Le Claire, IAPopulation: 3,73779BA+C+A+BBD+
48Bondurant, IAPopulation: 3,89179D+A+AA+BBD+
49Winterset, IAPopulation: 5,17079AA+B+B+CC+D+
50Center Point, IAPopulation: 2,49479CA+A+ABC+D
51Granger, IAPopulation: 1,30178DA+A+ABBD+
52Gilbert, IAPopulation: 1,11278DA+A+A+BBD
53Peosta, IAPopulation: 1,50678DAA+A+B+BD
54Cedar Rapids, IAPopulation: 126,92178A+A+CAC+C+D
55Story City, IAPopulation: 3,41678BA+A+B+C+C+D
56Underwood, IAPopulation: 86478DA+BA+B+BC
57Sergeant Bluff, IAPopulation: 4,17878C+A+C+AB+BD
58Indianola, IAPopulation: 14,78778AA+CAC+C+D+
59Independence, IAPopulation: 5,98878AA+BB+C+CD
60Robins, IAPopulation: 3,13678CD+A+A+AB+D
61Waukon, IAPopulation: 3,88678BA+A+B+CD+D
62Waverly, IAPopulation: 9,88178AA+CABC+D
63Atkins, IAPopulation: 1,87878FA+A+AB+BD
64Dubuque, IAPopulation: 57,72778A+A+C+B+CCD
65Walford, IAPopulation: 1,67378FB+A+AABD
66Remsen, IAPopulation: 1,85678C+A+AAC+CD
67Lisbon, IAPopulation: 1,92378CA+AABC+D
68Kalona, IAPopulation: 2,54478BA+ABCCD+
69Fairfax, IAPopulation: 2,07678DBA+A+B+BD
70Tipton, IAPopulation: 3,20678BA+ABC+CD+
71Twin Lakes, IAPopulation: 28378FA+AA+AAD
72Blue Grass, IAPopulation: 1,42678DA+A+B+BC+D+
73Treynor, IAPopulation: 97078DA+BA+BC+C
74Stone City, IAPopulation: 22578FA+AAA+B+D
75New Hampton, IAPopulation: 3,56578BA+A+B+CD+F
76Durant, IAPopulation: 1,88977D+A+A+AC+C+D+
77Hudson, IAPopulation: 2,36677FA+A+AB+BD
78Mount Pleasant, IAPopulation: 8,73777AA+C+B+CCC
79Jesup, IAPopulation: 2,88377CA+A+ABCD
80Dike, IAPopulation: 1,25077DA+A+ABBD
81Shenandoah, IAPopulation: 5,14477AA+ABCDC
82Urbana, IAPopulation: 1,43777DA+A+B+BC+D
83Algona, IAPopulation: 5,53477AA+BAC+D+F
84Spencer, IAPopulation: 11,20477A+A+BACCF
85Solon, IAPopulation: 2,23277DAA+A+BBD
86Wellman, IAPopulation: 1,54277CA+AACCC
87Park View, IAPopulation: 2,40877FA+A+A+BBD+
88Forest City, IAPopulation: 4,14277BA+A+B+CD+F
89Adel, IAPopulation: 3,76777BA+B+AC+C+D
90Tiffin, IAPopulation: 1,85777DAA+AC+C+D+
91Denver, IAPopulation: 1,83377DA+A+ABC+D
92Grinnell, IAPopulation: 9,20577AA+CACCD
93Riverdale, IAPopulation: 59377D+A+BABBD+
94Ely, IAPopulation: 1,71477FAA+A+ABD
95West Branch, IAPopulation: 2,60677FA+A+ABC+D+
96Monticello, IAPopulation: 3,79277B+A+B+ACCD
97Camanche, IAPopulation: 4,42977D+A+AAC+CD
98Cascade, IAPopulation: 1,99677D+A+A+ABCD
99Nevada, IAPopulation: 6,79577BA+BAC+CD
100Emmetsburg, IAPopulation: 3,87477B+A+A+B+CD+F
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