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: 39,42686A+AA+A+B+BD+
2Ankeny, IAPopulation: 45,73286A+A+A+ABBD+
3Waukee, IAPopulation: 14,10885B+AA+A+B+BD+
4Mount Vernon, IAPopulation: 4,49885A+AA+A+BBD
5Frytown, IAPopulation: 7884FAA+A+A+A+D+
6Pella, IAPopulation: 10,36584A+A+A+ABBD+
7Marion, IAPopulation: 34,75084A+A+A+ABC+D
8Clive, IAPopulation: 15,55784A+BAAAB+D+
9Eldridge, IAPopulation: 5,63083B+AA+A+BBD+
10Orange City, IAPopulation: 6,05483AA+A+AC+C+D
11Grimes, IAPopulation: 8,34183B+A+A+A+BBD+
12Asbury, IAPopulation: 4,38583B+B+A+AB+BD
13Bettendorf, IAPopulation: 33,34783AAAA+BBD+
14University Heights, IAPopulation: 1,31883A+D+A+A+BB+D+
15Ames, IAPopulation: 59,20683A+AAA+CBD
16Decorah, IAPopulation: 8,09783A+A+A+ACC+D
17Norwalk, IAPopulation: 9,01283C+A+A+A+B+C+D+
18Le Mars, IAPopulation: 9,76583A+A+A+AC+CD
19Johnston, IAPopulation: 17,31683B+CA+A+AB+D+
20Hiawatha, IAPopulation: 7,04682AA+A+AC+C+D
21West Des Moines, IAPopulation: 57,04182A+ABABBD+
22Cedar Falls, IAPopulation: 39,19782AA+A+AC+BD
23Indianola, IAPopulation: 14,78782AA+AAC+C+D+
24Polk City, IAPopulation: 3,45182CAA+A+B+BD+
25Carlisle, IAPopulation: 4,07082BA+A+AC+C+D+
26Le Claire, IAPopulation: 3,73782BA+A+A+BBD+
27Carroll, IAPopulation: 10,05782A+A+A+B+CCD
28Pleasant Hill, IAPopulation: 8,67882BAA+ABBD+
29North Liberty, IAPopulation: 13,33082AAAA+BC+D+
30Lambs Grove, IAPopulation: 17782CA+A+AABD+
31Winterset, IAPopulation: 5,17082AA+A+B+CC+D+
32Coralville, IAPopulation: 18,93181A+AB+ABBD+
33Huxley, IAPopulation: 3,27081CA+A+AB+BD
34Sun Valley Lake, IAPopulation: 14781FA+A+A+AAD+
35Sioux Center, IAPopulation: 7,05581AA+A+B+BBD
36Van Meter, IAPopulation: 1,52081DA+A+A+B+C+D+
37De Witt, IAPopulation: 5,29981AA+AAC+C+D
38Clear Lake, IAPopulation: 7,76581A+A+A+AC+C+F
39Williamsburg, IAPopulation: 3,06081BA+A+A+C+C+D
40Amana, IAPopulation: 38281C+AA+A+BBD
41Iowa City, IAPopulation: 68,36481A+ABACBD+
42Bondurant, IAPopulation: 3,89181D+A+A+A+BBD+
43Waverly, IAPopulation: 9,88181AA+AABC+D
44Saylorville, IAPopulation: 2,84981CA+A+ABBD+
45Underwood, IAPopulation: 86481DA+A+A+B+BC
46Altoona, IAPopulation: 14,56380AA+BABBD+
47Fairfield, IAPopulation: 9,46280A+A+B+ACDC
48Center Point, IAPopulation: 2,49480CA+A+ABC+D
49Independence, IAPopulation: 5,98880AA+A+B+C+CD
50Lake Panorama, IAPopulation: 1,10080FA+A+A+B+AD
51Monticello, IAPopulation: 3,79280B+A+A+ACCD
52Mount Pleasant, IAPopulation: 8,73780AA+A+B+CCC
53Vinton, IAPopulation: 5,25380B+A+A+AC+CD
54Algona, IAPopulation: 5,53480AA+A+AC+D+F
55Tipton, IAPopulation: 3,20680BA+A+BC+CD+
56Gilbert, IAPopulation: 1,11280DA+A+A+BBD
57Granger, IAPopulation: 1,30180DA+A+ABBD+
58Wilton, IAPopulation: 2,80080CA+A+ABCC
59Grinnell, IAPopulation: 9,20580AA+AACCD
60Story City, IAPopulation: 3,41680BA+A+B+C+C+D
61Lisbon, IAPopulation: 1,92380CA+A+ABC+D
62Treynor, IAPopulation: 97080DA+A+A+BC+C
63Peosta, IAPopulation: 1,50680DAA+A+B+BD
64Osage, IAPopulation: 3,61580B+A+A+ACD+F
65Grundy Center, IAPopulation: 2,69480C+A+A+AC+CD
66Remsen, IAPopulation: 1,85680C+A+A+AC+CD
67Spencer, IAPopulation: 11,20480A+A+A+ACCF
68Kalona, IAPopulation: 2,54480BA+A+BCCD+
69Dubuque, IAPopulation: 57,72779A+A+B+B+CCD
70Dyersville, IAPopulation: 4,09379B+A+A+B+CC+D
71Riverdale, IAPopulation: 59379D+A+A+ABBD+
72Wellman, IAPopulation: 1,54279CA+A+ACCC
73Jesup, IAPopulation: 2,88379CA+A+ABCD
74West Union, IAPopulation: 2,68379BA+A+ACD+D
75Stone City, IAPopulation: 22579FAA+AA+B+D
76Atkins, IAPopulation: 1,87879FA+A+AB+BD
77Alleman, IAPopulation: 62179FA+A+A+B+BD+
78Lamoni, IAPopulation: 2,70879BA+A+AD+DD+
79Robins, IAPopulation: 3,13679CD+A+A+AB+D
80Atlantic, IAPopulation: 7,04079AA+A+B+CD+D+
81Mitchellville, IAPopulation: 2,52579D+A+A+BBCD+
82Durant, IAPopulation: 1,88979D+A+A+AC+C+D+
83Logan, IAPopulation: 1,58579CA+A+B+C+CD
84Cresco, IAPopulation: 3,87379AA+A+B+CDD
85Sergeant Bluff, IAPopulation: 4,17879C+A+BAB+BD
86Garner, IAPopulation: 3,10979BA+A+AC+CF
87Humboldt, IAPopulation: 4,67179B+A+A+BCD+D
88Westwood, IAPopulation: 12479FA+A+A+BBC
89West Branch, IAPopulation: 2,60679FA+A+ABC+D+
90Urbana, IAPopulation: 1,43779DA+A+B+BC+D
91Onawa, IAPopulation: 2,98579B+A+A+B+D+DD
92Dike, IAPopulation: 1,25079DA+A+ABBD
93Rock Valley, IAPopulation: 3,36979BA+A+BC+CD
94Fairfax, IAPopulation: 2,07679DBA+A+B+BD
95Walford, IAPopulation: 1,67379FB+A+AABD
96Sloan, IAPopulation: 1,02479D+A+A+ABCD
97Cascade, IAPopulation: 1,99679D+A+A+ABCD
98La Porte City, IAPopulation: 2,55479CA+A+B+C+CD
99New Hampton, IAPopulation: 3,56579BA+A+B+CD+F
100Hudson, IAPopulation: 2,36679FA+A+AB+BD
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