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
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+BBAAB+D+
6University Heights, IAPopulation: 1,31882A+D+A+A+BB+D+
7West Des Moines, IAPopulation: 57,04182A+ABABBD+
8Frytown, IAPopulation: 7882FAAA+A+A+D+
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
14Asbury, IAPopulation: 4,38581B+B+AAB+BD
15Ames, IAPopulation: 59,20681A+ABA+CBD
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+
23Hiawatha, IAPopulation: 7,04680AA+AAC+C+D
24Altoona, IAPopulation: 14,56380AA+BABBD+
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
30Van Meter, IAPopulation: 1,52080DA+A+A+B+C+D+
31Cedar Falls, IAPopulation: 39,19780AA+AAC+BD
32Coralville, IAPopulation: 18,93180A+AC+ABBD+
33Iowa City, IAPopulation: 68,36480A+ACACBD+
34Huxley, IAPopulation: 3,27080CA+A+AB+BD
35Lake Panorama, IAPopulation: 1,10079FA+A+A+B+AD
36Windsor Heights, IAPopulation: 4,85779AACABBD+
37Wilton, IAPopulation: 2,80079CA+A+ABCC
38Sun Valley Lake, IAPopulation: 14779FA+AA+AAD+
39Saylorville, IAPopulation: 2,84979CA+A+ABBD+
40Lambs Grove, IAPopulation: 17779CA+BAABD+
41Grundy Center, IAPopulation: 2,69479C+A+A+AC+CD
42Fairfield, IAPopulation: 9,46279A+A+BACDC
43Sioux Center, IAPopulation: 7,05579AA+B+B+BBD
44Clear Lake, IAPopulation: 7,76579A+A+B+AC+C+F
45Vinton, IAPopulation: 5,25379B+A+AAC+CD
46Le Claire, IAPopulation: 3,73779BA+C+A+BBD+
47Bondurant, IAPopulation: 3,89179D+A+AA+BBD+
48Winterset, IAPopulation: 5,17079AA+B+B+CC+D+
49Amana, IAPopulation: 38279C+ABA+BBD
50Center Point, IAPopulation: 2,49479CA+A+ABC+D
51Granger, IAPopulation: 1,30178DA+A+ABBD+
52Peosta, IAPopulation: 1,50678DAA+A+B+BD
53Gilbert, IAPopulation: 1,11278DA+A+A+BBD
54Cedar Rapids, IAPopulation: 126,92178A+A+CAC+C+D
55Underwood, IAPopulation: 86478DA+BA+B+BC
56Story City, IAPopulation: 3,41678BA+A+B+C+C+D
57Sergeant Bluff, IAPopulation: 4,17878C+A+C+AB+BD
58Indianola, IAPopulation: 14,78778AA+D+AC+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
62Atkins, IAPopulation: 1,87878FA+A+AB+BD
63Waverly, IAPopulation: 9,88178AA+CABC+D
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
70Blue Grass, IAPopulation: 1,42678DA+A+B+BC+D+
71Treynor, IAPopulation: 97078DA+BA+BC+C
72Tipton, IAPopulation: 3,20678BA+ABC+CD+
73New Hampton, IAPopulation: 3,56578BA+A+B+CD+F
74Durant, IAPopulation: 1,88977D+A+A+AC+C+D+
75Hudson, IAPopulation: 2,36677FA+A+AB+BD
76Mount Pleasant, IAPopulation: 8,73777AA+C+B+CCC
77Dike, IAPopulation: 1,25077DA+A+ABBD
78Jesup, IAPopulation: 2,88377CA+A+ABCD
79Urbana, IAPopulation: 1,43777DA+A+B+BC+D
80Shenandoah, IAPopulation: 5,14477AA+ABCDC
81Algona, IAPopulation: 5,53477AA+BAC+D+F
82Spencer, IAPopulation: 11,20477A+A+BACCF
83Solon, IAPopulation: 2,23277DAA+A+BBD
84Stone City, IAPopulation: 22577FAAAA+B+D
85Wellman, IAPopulation: 1,54277CA+AACCC
86Park View, IAPopulation: 2,40877FA+A+A+BBD+
87Forest City, IAPopulation: 4,14277BA+A+B+CD+F
88Tiffin, IAPopulation: 1,85777DAA+AC+C+D+
89Denver, IAPopulation: 1,83377DA+A+ABC+D
90Adel, IAPopulation: 3,76777BA+B+AC+C+D
91Ely, IAPopulation: 1,71477FAA+A+ABD
92Grinnell, IAPopulation: 9,20577AA+CACCD
93Riverdale, IAPopulation: 59377D+A+BABBD+
94Monticello, IAPopulation: 3,79277B+A+B+ACCD
95West Branch, IAPopulation: 2,60677FA+A+ABC+D+
96Nevada, IAPopulation: 6,79577BA+BAC+CD
97Camanche, IAPopulation: 4,42977D+A+AAC+CD
98Cascade, IAPopulation: 1,99677D+A+A+ABCD
99Humboldt, IAPopulation: 4,67177B+A+ABCD+D
100Emmetsburg, IAPopulation: 3,87477B+A+A+B+CD+F
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