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Places With The Lowest Cost Of Living In Iowa 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score66
  • Keokuk, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,628
72
  • Centerville, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,404
71
  • Ottumwa, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,709
72
  • Clarinda, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,431
70
  • Fort Madison, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,769
  • I love living in Fort Madison. It's a quiet family friendly place with beautiful Victorian houses and quaint downtown shops. The people are friendly, but it's not so small that everyone is nosy. There
71
  • Red Oak, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,547
59
  • Fort Dodge, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,626
78
  • Creston, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,877
78
  • Iowa Falls, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,176
79
  • Shenandoah, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,030
77
  • Webster City, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,825
  • I currently live in Webster City and picked it in part for the opportunity to raise a family in a small town atmosphere where there were a lot of activities and community events that appeal to my
69
  • Burlington, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,492
74
  • Perry, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,876
71
  • Knoxville, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,236
68
  • Oskaloosa, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,538
73
  • Oelwein, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,195
69
  • Marshalltown, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,637
73
  • Atlantic, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,817
77
  • Denison, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,326
76
  • Fairfield, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,942
76
  • Charles City, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,496
75
  • Boone, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,609
71
  • Harlan, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,008
80
  • Mount Pleasant, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,491
68
  • Cherokee, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,113
74
  • Newton, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,090
72
  • Storm Lake, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,768
73
  • Washington, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,368
74
  • Maquoketa, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,025
77
  • Mason City, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,546
73
  • Nevada, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,796
82
  • Carroll, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,990
80
  • Algona, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,496
75
  • Sioux City, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 82,666
  • My husband and I have spent several long weekends in Sioux City, IA. I am a big fan of the area and all of the different entertainment choices and attractions the city offers. We have stayed at the
74
  • Anamosa, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,459
66
  • Council Bluffs, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 62,326
  • As a lifetime Iowa resident, I have made many trips to Council Bluffs for different reasons, with the most recent trip being in December of 2010. There is really nothing to do in Council Bluffs or any
66
  • Des Moines, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 212,859
  • I have lived in Des Moines for quite a few many years, it is one of the few places in the USA that has not been hit as hard by the recession as some of the other larger cities. Des Moines like anywhere
79
  • Manchester, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,083
72
  • Estherville, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,027
74
  • Glenwood, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,233
67
  • Waterloo, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 68,357
  • My wife and I are retired, and we like to travel and see different places. We planned a trip to Waterloo, IA. We chose to take our vacation there because we like to go to casinos. We stayed at The Isle
81
  • Vinton, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,166
70
  • Grinnell, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,112
79
  • Spencer, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,172
  • Spencer is a great town with a lot of wonderful people and more culture, dining and shopping than you will find for quite a distance. The cultural opportunities are actually really amazing, the
78
  • Clear Lake, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,644
78
  • Independence, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,005
67
  • Clinton, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 26,148
  • Rape in clinton iowa? haa. not sure where this info comes from.. but.. ive been here 20 yrs now.. and have never heard of anyone being raped here. there are only 27000 ppl here. someone gettin raped
71
  • Winterset, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,158
81
  • Le Mars, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,826
73
  • Indianola, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,343

Finding an affordable place to live in Iowa is not always an easy task. While housing prices continue to rebound and general goods and services continue to rise, it feels like affordable living could be a thing of the past. Luckily, there are still some cities in Iowa that qualify as affordable. Using science and data, AreaVibes has compiled a list of the most affordable places to live in Iowa. These cities have the lowest cost of living in all of Iowa.

Listed above are the most affordable places to live in Iowa with a population of more than 5,000 people. To calculate the most affordable cities in Iowa, the cost of living index for each city was calculated, then compared to the national average of 100. The cost of living index takes into account the following categories: goods and services, groceries, health care, housing, transportation and utilities.

To customize your list of affordable places to live in Iowa, you can adjust the filters to meet your needs. This will allow you to select the city size (population) as well as what other categories (amenities, crime, education, employment, housing and weather) might be important to you. Finally, you are also able to select your home or rental price range to ensure that the cities on your list fit your budget.