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+
3Mount Vernon, IAPopulation: 4,49885A+AA+A+BBD
4Waukee, IAPopulation: 14,10885B+AA+A+B+BD+
5Frytown, IAPopulation: 7884FAA+A+A+A+D+
6Clive, IAPopulation: 15,55784A+BA+AAB+D+
7Marion, IAPopulation: 34,75084A+A+A+ABC+D
8Orange City, IAPopulation: 6,05483AA+A+AC+C+D
9West Des Moines, IAPopulation: 57,04183A+AAABBD+
10Bettendorf, IAPopulation: 33,34783AAA+A+BBD+
11Asbury, IAPopulation: 4,38583B+B+A+AB+BD
12Grimes, IAPopulation: 8,34183B+A+A+A+BBD+
13University Heights, IAPopulation: 1,31883A+D+A+A+BB+D+
14Norwalk, IAPopulation: 9,01283C+A+A+A+B+C+D+
15Pleasant Hill, IAPopulation: 8,67883BAA+ABBD+
16Pella, IAPopulation: 10,36583A+A+AABBD+
17Decorah, IAPopulation: 8,09783A+A+A+ACC+D
18Ames, IAPopulation: 59,20683A+AAA+CBD
19Johnston, IAPopulation: 17,31683B+CA+A+AB+D+
20De Witt, IAPopulation: 5,29983AA+A+AC+C+D
21Hiawatha, IAPopulation: 7,04682AA+A+AC+C+D
22Eldridge, IAPopulation: 5,63082B+AA+A+BBD+
23North Liberty, IAPopulation: 13,33082AAAA+BC+D+
24Cedar Falls, IAPopulation: 39,19782AA+A+AC+BD
25Polk City, IAPopulation: 3,45182CAA+A+B+BD+
26Carroll, IAPopulation: 10,05782A+A+A+B+CCD
27Carlisle, IAPopulation: 4,07082BA+A+AC+C+D+
28Le Mars, IAPopulation: 9,76582A+A+A+AC+CD
29Lambs Grove, IAPopulation: 17781CA+A+AABD+
30Huxley, IAPopulation: 3,27081CA+A+AB+BD
31Sun Valley Lake, IAPopulation: 14781FA+A+A+AAD+
32Van Meter, IAPopulation: 1,52081DA+A+A+B+C+D+
33Wilton, IAPopulation: 2,80081CA+A+ABCC
34Vinton, IAPopulation: 5,25381B+A+A+AC+CD
35Sioux Center, IAPopulation: 7,05581AA+A+B+BBD
36Williamsburg, IAPopulation: 3,06081BA+A+A+C+C+D
37Altoona, IAPopulation: 14,56381AA+BABBD+
38Bondurant, IAPopulation: 3,89181D+A+A+A+BBD+
39Amana, IAPopulation: 38281C+AA+A+BBD
40Winterset, IAPopulation: 5,17081AA+A+B+CC+D+
41Saylorville, IAPopulation: 2,84981CA+A+ABBD+
42Iowa City, IAPopulation: 68,36481A+ABACBD+
43Underwood, IAPopulation: 86480DA+A+A+B+BC
44Center Point, IAPopulation: 2,49480CA+A+ABC+D
45Coralville, IAPopulation: 18,93180A+ABABBD+
46Le Claire, IAPopulation: 3,73780BA+B+A+BBD+
47Lake Panorama, IAPopulation: 1,10080FA+A+A+B+AD
48Sergeant Bluff, IAPopulation: 4,17880C+A+AAB+BD
49Independence, IAPopulation: 5,98880AA+A+B+C+CD
50Gilbert, IAPopulation: 1,11280DA+A+A+BBD
51Granger, IAPopulation: 1,30180DA+A+ABBD+
52Story City, IAPopulation: 3,41680BA+A+B+C+C+D
53Peosta, IAPopulation: 1,50680DAA+A+B+BD
54Clear Lake, IAPopulation: 7,76580A+A+AAC+C+F
55Fairfield, IAPopulation: 9,46280A+A+BACDC
56Grundy Center, IAPopulation: 2,69480C+A+A+AC+CD
57Remsen, IAPopulation: 1,85680C+A+A+AC+CD
58Tipton, IAPopulation: 3,20680BA+A+BC+CD+
59Treynor, IAPopulation: 97080DA+A+A+BC+C
60Kalona, IAPopulation: 2,54480BA+A+BCCD+
61Lisbon, IAPopulation: 1,92379CA+A+ABC+D
62Shenandoah, IAPopulation: 5,14479AA+A+BCDC
63Waverly, IAPopulation: 9,88179AA+BABC+D
64Windsor Heights, IAPopulation: 4,85779AACABBD+
65Adel, IAPopulation: 3,76779BA+A+AC+C+D
66Indianola, IAPopulation: 14,78779AA+C+AC+C+D+
67Riverdale, IAPopulation: 59379D+A+A+ABBD+
68Wellman, IAPopulation: 1,54279CA+A+ACCC
69Jesup, IAPopulation: 2,88379CA+A+ABCD
70Stone City, IAPopulation: 22579FAA+AA+B+D
71Atkins, IAPopulation: 1,87879FA+A+AB+BD
72Nevada, IAPopulation: 6,79579BA+A+AC+CD
73Robins, IAPopulation: 3,13679CD+A+A+AB+D
74Mitchellville, IAPopulation: 2,52579D+A+A+BBCD+
75Durant, IAPopulation: 1,88979D+A+A+AC+C+D+
76West Union, IAPopulation: 2,68379BA+A+ACD+D
77Logan, IAPopulation: 1,58579CA+A+B+C+CD
78Algona, IAPopulation: 5,53479AA+AAC+D+F
79Alleman, IAPopulation: 62179FA+A+A+B+BD+
80Camanche, IAPopulation: 4,42979D+A+A+AC+CD
81Sheldon, IAPopulation: 5,09679B+A+A+ACCD
82Spencer, IAPopulation: 11,20479A+A+AACCF
83Humboldt, IAPopulation: 4,67179B+A+A+BCD+D
84Mount Pleasant, IAPopulation: 8,73779AA+B+B+CCC
85Lamoni, IAPopulation: 2,70879BA+A+AD+DD+
86West Branch, IAPopulation: 2,60679FA+A+ABC+D+
87Urbana, IAPopulation: 1,43779DA+A+B+BC+D
88Cresco, IAPopulation: 3,87379AA+A+B+CDD
89Westwood, IAPopulation: 12479FA+A+A+BBC
90Dike, IAPopulation: 1,25079DA+A+ABBD
91Fairfax, IAPopulation: 2,07679DBA+A+B+BD
92Walford, IAPopulation: 1,67379FB+A+AABD
93Sloan, IAPopulation: 1,02479D+A+A+ABCD
94Cascade, IAPopulation: 1,99679D+A+A+ABCD
95La Porte City, IAPopulation: 2,55479CA+A+B+C+CD
96Garner, IAPopulation: 3,10979BA+A+AC+CF
97New Hampton, IAPopulation: 3,56579BA+A+B+CD+F
98Hudson, IAPopulation: 2,36679FA+A+AB+BD
99Dubuque, IAPopulation: 57,72779A+A+BB+CCD
100Park View, IAPopulation: 2,40879FA+A+A+BBD+
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