Best Cities In Iowa

AreaVibes reveals the best places to live across the United States of America. By assigning a Livability Score out of 100 for each city, AreaVibes ranks more than 20,000 cities across the United States of America. The Livability Score is created from a unique algorithm based on various important metrics for each city, including: amenities, cost of living, crime rates, education, employment, housing and weather. The higher the score, the better the city (in our opinion). 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
1University Heights, IAPopulation: 1,31886A+AA+A+BB+D+
2Urbandale, IAPopulation: 39,42686AA+A+A+B+BD+
3Ankeny, IAPopulation: 45,73286AA+A+ABBD+
4Clive, IAPopulation: 15,55785AA+AAAB+D+
5Waukee, IAPopulation: 14,10885BA+A+A+B+BD+
6Asbury, IAPopulation: 4,38585AA+A+AB+BD
7Eldridge, IAPopulation: 5,63084B+A+A+A+BBD+
8Frytown, IAPopulation: 7884FAA+A+A+A+D+
9Marion, IAPopulation: 34,75084AA+A+ABC+D
10Johnston, IAPopulation: 17,31683CA+A+A+AB+D+
11Ames, IAPopulation: 59,20683A+A+AA+CBD
12Pella, IAPopulation: 10,36583AA+A+ABBD+
13Mount Vernon, IAPopulation: 4,49883BA+A+A+BBD
14Grimes, IAPopulation: 8,34183BA+A+A+BBD+
15Bettendorf, IAPopulation: 33,34783B+A+AA+BBD+
16Cedar Falls, IAPopulation: 39,19783AA+A+AC+BD
17Decorah, IAPopulation: 8,09782AA+A+ACC+D
18Carlisle, IAPopulation: 4,07082BA+A+AC+C+D+
19Hiawatha, IAPopulation: 7,04682AA+A+AC+C+D
20Coralville, IAPopulation: 18,93182AA+B+ABBD+
21Sioux Center, IAPopulation: 7,05582AA+A+B+BBD
22Iowa City, IAPopulation: 68,36482A+A+BACBD+
23Le Mars, IAPopulation: 9,76582AA+A+AC+CD
24Orange City, IAPopulation: 6,05482BA+A+AC+C+D
25Indianola, IAPopulation: 14,78782B+A+AAC+C+D+
26Cumming, IAPopulation: 47582FAA+AAAD+
27Van Meter, IAPopulation: 1,52082DA+A+A+B+C+D+
28Huxley, IAPopulation: 3,27082CA+A+AB+BD
29Norwalk, IAPopulation: 9,01282D+A+A+A+B+C+D+
30Lambs Grove, IAPopulation: 17782CA+A+AABD+
31North Liberty, IAPopulation: 13,33082B+A+AA+BC+D+
32Le Claire, IAPopulation: 3,73782CA+A+A+BBD+
33Williamsburg, IAPopulation: 3,06081BA+A+A+C+C+D
34Polk City, IAPopulation: 3,45181FA+A+A+B+BD+
35Sun Valley Lake, IAPopulation: 14781FA+A+A+AAD+
36Peosta, IAPopulation: 1,50681DA+A+A+B+BD
37Long Grove, IAPopulation: 88381FA+A+A+ABD+
38Underwood, IAPopulation: 86481DA+A+A+B+BC
39Center Point, IAPopulation: 2,49481CA+A+ABC+D
40Amana, IAPopulation: 38281C+AA+A+BBD
41Shueyville, IAPopulation: 52081FAA+A+AB+D
42Fairfax, IAPopulation: 2,07681DA+A+A+B+BD
43Carroll, IAPopulation: 10,05781B+A+A+B+CCD
44Gilbert, IAPopulation: 1,11281DA+A+A+BBD
45Granger, IAPopulation: 1,30181DA+A+ABBD+
46Saylorville, IAPopulation: 2,84980DA+A+ABBD+
47Walford, IAPopulation: 1,67380FA+A+AABD
48Lisbon, IAPopulation: 1,92380CA+A+ABC+D
49West Des Moines, IAPopulation: 57,04180BA+BABBD+
50Wilton, IAPopulation: 2,80080CA+A+ABCC
51Treynor, IAPopulation: 97080DA+A+A+BC+C
52Lake Panorama, IAPopulation: 1,10080FA+A+A+B+AD
53Riverdale, IAPopulation: 59380D+A+A+ABBD+
54Mount Pleasant, IAPopulation: 8,73780AA+A+B+CCC
55Algona, IAPopulation: 5,53480AA+A+AC+D+F
56Atkins, IAPopulation: 1,87880FA+A+AB+BD
57Solon, IAPopulation: 2,23280DA+A+A+BBD
58Kalona, IAPopulation: 2,54480BA+A+BCCD+
59Dubuque, IAPopulation: 57,72780A+A+B+B+CCD
60Remsen, IAPopulation: 1,85680C+A+A+AC+CD
61Grinnell, IAPopulation: 9,20580AA+AACCD
62Alleman, IAPopulation: 62180FA+A+A+B+BD+
63Clear Lake, IAPopulation: 7,76580B+A+A+AC+C+F
64Altoona, IAPopulation: 14,56380BA+BABBD+
65Pleasant Hill, IAPopulation: 8,67880DA+A+ABBD+
66Fairfield, IAPopulation: 9,46280A+A+B+ACDC
67De Witt, IAPopulation: 5,29980C+A+AAC+C+D
68Bondurant, IAPopulation: 3,89180FA+A+A+BBD+
69Dyersville, IAPopulation: 4,09380BA+A+B+CC+D
70Grundy Center, IAPopulation: 2,69480C+A+A+AC+CD
71Hudson, IAPopulation: 2,36680FA+A+AB+BD
72Durant, IAPopulation: 1,88980D+A+A+AC+C+D+
73Wellman, IAPopulation: 1,54280CA+A+ACCC
74Park View, IAPopulation: 2,40879FA+A+A+BBD+
75Urbana, IAPopulation: 1,43779DA+A+B+BC+D
76Tiffin, IAPopulation: 1,85779DA+A+AC+C+D+
77West Branch, IAPopulation: 2,60679FA+A+ABC+D+
78Waverly, IAPopulation: 9,88179BA+AABC+D
79Dike, IAPopulation: 1,25079DA+A+ABBD
80Mitchellville, IAPopulation: 2,52579D+A+A+BBCD+
81Winterset, IAPopulation: 5,17079C+A+A+B+CC+D+
82Ely, IAPopulation: 1,71479FA+A+A+ABD
83Garner, IAPopulation: 3,10979BA+A+AC+CF
84Rock Valley, IAPopulation: 3,36979BA+A+BC+CD
85Logan, IAPopulation: 1,58579CA+A+B+C+CD
86Denver, IAPopulation: 1,83379DA+A+ABC+D
87Cascade, IAPopulation: 1,99679D+A+A+ABCD
88Stone City, IAPopulation: 22579FAA+AA+B+D
89Arnolds Park, IAPopulation: 1,00779CA+A+AC+BF
90Cedar Rapids, IAPopulation: 126,92179A+A+CAC+C+D
91La Porte City, IAPopulation: 2,55479CA+A+B+C+CD
92Osage, IAPopulation: 3,61579BA+A+ACD+F
93Sloan, IAPopulation: 1,02479D+A+A+ABCD
94Jesup, IAPopulation: 2,88379D+A+A+ABCD
95Palo, IAPopulation: 91179DA+A+A+B+BD
96Sheldon, IAPopulation: 5,09679B+A+A+ACCD
97Milford, IAPopulation: 2,89779BA+A+ACCF
98Ventura, IAPopulation: 73479D+A+A+A+BBF
99Parkersburg, IAPopulation: 1,91479CA+A+AC+CD
100Fairbank, IAPopulation: 1,18179D+A+A+ABCD
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