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Places With The Best Housing In Iowa 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score77
  • Johnston, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,491
82
  • Clive, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,022
73
  • Asbury, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,201
85
  • Urbandale, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 41,578
74
  • Eldridge, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,122
76
  • Bettendorf, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 35,048
77
  • Coralville, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,078
79
  • Waukee, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,955
82
  • West Des Moines, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 61,624
  • I was born and raised in West Des Moines, Iowa. The thing I love most about Des Moines is that even though it's one of the largest cities in Iowa and has all the amenities of a city, it still has the
76
  • Grimes, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,422
79
  • North Liberty, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,984
82
  • Ankeny, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 53,413
  • In the past, I have lived in Ankeny, Iowa and found the city to be very pleasant. There are only about fifty thousand residents in the area, so it is not a large city by any means, yet you don't get a
77
  • Pleasant Hill, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,406
82
  • Sioux Center, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,370
74
  • Norwalk, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,944
78
  • Bondurant, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,079
83
  • Pella, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,280
77
  • Altoona, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,692
80
  • Cedar Falls, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 40,828
68
  • Waverly, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,049
82
  • Orange City, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,153
80
  • Marion, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 37,198
76
  • Iowa City, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 72,385
  • Iowa City is the worst city I've ever lived in. I've lived in 4 different states and oversees, and the level of incompetence of the leadership is among the worst I've seen. Taxes are high, cost of living
83
  • Decorah, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,985
  • I spent a few days in Decorah this summer on my quest to find Mayberry. Decorah is a beautiful town with one of the most thriving downtowns I have seen. Years ago, when Wal-Mart came to the outskirts
82
  • Ames, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 64,073
  • I moved to Ames almost nine years ago to attend Iowa State University (ISU) after growing up near New York City. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine falling in love with this city and staying here
73
  • Indianola, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,343
81
  • Le Mars, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,826
80
  • DeWitt, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,264
78
  • Sheldon, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,015
74
  • Glenwood, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,233
78
  • Cedar Rapids, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 129,537
  • I've lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for over 10 years, mostly because of family. There isn't anything that's really interesting to do here, unless you like golf, camping, fishing, movie theater, museums...
78
  • Clear Lake, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,644
82
  • Carroll, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,990
70
  • Grinnell, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,112
78
  • Dubuque, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 58,535
  • I lived in the city of Davenport, Iowa which is not too far from Dubuque, and have made numerous visits to the area for family get togethers and other occasions. While there are not too many exciting
71
  • Winterset, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,158
73
  • Nevada, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,796
69
  • Hiawatha, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,160
70
  • Davenport, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 102,305
  • Not the place to be. High crime, robbery, road rage a daily occurrence here. Very unfriendly drivers in this town. Very few who follow traffic laws. People just not very nice here. We are been to
80
  • Algona, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,496
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
  • Independence, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,005
81
  • Vinton, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,166
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
72
  • Storm Lake, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,768
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
80
  • Mount Pleasant, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,491
67
  • Muscatine, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,909
79
  • Manchester, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,083
75
  • Boone, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,609

Housing is one of the most important factors when deciding where to live in Iowa. Housing prices continue to rise, but there are still some deals to be had. When searching for a new home, you want to ensure that home prices in that area are appreciating, but you also need to ensure that the home prices will fit within you budget. AreaVibes used science and data to create a list of the best cities in Iowa to buy a new home with a population over 5,000 people.

The cities listed above have been chosen as the best places to buy a new home in Iowa as they have seen high appreciation rates combined with a solid income to home price affordability ratio. High appreciation rates are a good indicator that the home will continue to increase in value, while the affordability ratio ensure that homes in that area are affordable based on the median household income to home price ratio.

To further narrow your search results for the best places to purchase a new home in Iowa, you can use the filters. Start by selecting cities and/or neighborhoods, city size based on population, categories (amenities, crime, cost of living, education, employment and weather) as well as home/rent prices to ensure that the cities fall within your budget.