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Best Places To Live In Iowa 2020

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score96
  • 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…[read more]
95
  • Urbandale, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 41,578
  • Living in Urbandale is kind of like living in a cozy fairy tale story. The city is small enough to be cozy and inviting, but big enough to provide plenty of shopping opportunities. When I moved to Iowa,…[read more]
95
  • 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…[read more]
93
  • Marion, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 37,198
  • I like living in Marion, Iowa because it feels like home. It is a place to create a lovely family and to become a business owner. If a person knows how to pick a region for their business, profit soar in…[read more]
93
  • Carroll, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,990
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  • Clive, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,022
  • Living in Clive, close to Des Moines, Iowa, has been just perfect for me and my family for over 16 years now. If I had to complain about a single thing here it would be the weather. We do see a lot of…[read more]
92
  • Johnston, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,491
  • Summers are hot, winters are cold, spring is beautiful and fall brings on the bonfires and hoodies, but that's part of the reason that I love living in Johnston, Iowa because you truly get to experience…[read more]
92
  • Waukee, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,955
  • If you are considering living in Waukee, IA you gotta know up front, the weather here can get pretty evil sometimes! We have our fair share of tornado activity, but if you are adventurous and know how to…[read more]
92
  • Pella, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,280
  • I have lived in Pella, Iowa for all of my life and I cannot imagine living anywhere else! The main attractions to our city is the tulips and the windmills! You truly feel as if you have taken a step…[read more]
92
  • 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…[read more]
90
  • Sioux Center, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,370
90
  • Le Mars, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,826
90
  • Orange City, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,153
90
  • Harlan, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,008
90
  • Altoona, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,692
  • During my time living in Altoona, Iowa, I must say that this has been one of the most pleasant places that I've lived. Not only is this a very safe location to live and raise a family, the education…[read more]
89
  • Algona, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,496
88
  • Creston, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,877
88
  • Charles City, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,496
  • I am retired with pension income, working part time. This very nice and affordable area. I donot spend too much on transportation, housing - my living expenses are low. Area is green with good parks…[read more]
88
  • 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…[read more]
88
  • Cedar Falls, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 40,828
  • For years I lived in Waterloo. I work at John Deere Engine Works, and it was nice not having to drive so far to work. When I house came up for sale in Cedar Falls, however, I jumped on it. The drive…[read more]
88
  • Grimes, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,422
  • I love living in Grimes! I came here to go to college 14 years ago and like it so much that I put down permanent roots after graduation and wouldn't want to call anywhere else home! People in this…[read more]
87
  • Waverly, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,049
  • I love living in Waverly, Iowa! This really is a town where everyone knows their neighbor, a place where you really feel safe and at home. There are quite a few things to do here especially if you are a…[read more]
86
  • Mount Pleasant, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,491
86
  • Denison, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,326
86
  • Clear Lake, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,644
86
  • Pleasant Hill, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,406
86
  • Bettendorf, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 35,048
  • I've been living in Bettendorf for several years now and so far, very much enjoy it. It's a bit far from any other major cities, but the city itself has a lot of appeal. If you have a family, Bettendorf…[read more]
86
  • 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…[read more]
86
  • Bondurant, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,079
85
  • Manchester, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,083
85
  • Cherokee, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,113
85
  • Shenandoah, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,030
85
  • Oskaloosa, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,538
  • I grew up in Oskaloosa and came back here after attending college and I wouldn't have it any other way. This is a family friendly community with several different things to do, no matter what time of the…[read more]
85
  • Iowa Falls, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,176
85
  • Boone, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,609
  • I had a refreshing experience while living in Boone Iowa. The city is located in Boone County. Boone is close to Jefferson North Carolina. The town has great educational resources. It houses both public…[read more]
84
  • Asbury, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,201
84
  • Atlantic, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,817
84
  • North Liberty, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,984
  • I love living in North Liberty, part of America's Heartland, and I cannot even begin to fathom living anywhere else! This place truly gives the small town feeling with the big city accommodations and…[read more]
84
  • Winterset, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,158
84
  • Nevada, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,796
83
  • Fairfield, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,942
82
  • DeWitt, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,264
82
  • Independence, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,005
81
  • Clarinda, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,431
80
  • Coralville, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,078
  • I had a quiet, enjoyable time while living in Coralville Iowa. The town is located in Johnson County and is a suburb of Iowa City. It houses the historical Edgewater Park Campsite which is more than…[read more]
80
  • Anamosa, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,459
80
  • Sheldon, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,015
80
  • Norwalk, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,944
80
  • 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…[read more]
80
  • Knoxville, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,236

Iowa: The Hawkeye State

Iowa makes headlines during the US presidential elections every four years. This is because it is the first state to cast a vote in choosing the nominee for the President of the US. The breakdown of the voting results in this state is used to judge the voter’s mood nationally. With a population of about three million, Iowa sets the pace and direction for the rest of America’s politics. Statistics have proven that they are right most of the time. The state is a swing state that votes in both Democratic and Republican administrations at different times. Nevertheless, if politics is not your in-thing, Iowa is home to literature and art too.

Iowa is the only state whose east and west borders are major rivers. It sits right in the middle of the American Midwest, in between the Missouri on the west and Mississippi River to the east. Iowa shares its borders with Missouri State on the southern side, Minnesota on the north, Illinois and Wisconsin on the east, and South Dakota and Nebraska on the western side. Besides endless miles of prairies and cornfields, Iowa is also surrounded by a diverse terrain of rolling hills, lakes, rivers, and forests.

The state has an above average level of literacy and education. Home ownership rates are some of the highest in the country. The University of Iowa was the first to offer a creative writing degree in the country. Iowa City is a writers haven and has been designated a “City of Literature” by UNESCO. The city is one of the best places in Iowa to indulge in the arts, go to the theater or get a free pass to the Iowa City Jazz Festival.

The capital of Iowa is the city of Des Moines in Polk County, south central region. Remember to differentiate this from Des Moines County at the southeastern corner of the state. The city of Des Moines is the administrative and commercial center. It plays center-stage to the Democratic presidential primaries. Des Moines is the largest and most populous city. It is also one of the best places to live in Iowa.

Iowa has been ranked the sixth best state to do business in and the state with the lowest cost of doing business. There is a thriving commercial, economic environment with a strong focus on manufacturing, financial services, and biotechnology. Agriculture is a major income earner as the state produces a tenth of America’s food. Iowa is the top producer of corn and pork in the country. The capital, Des Moines, plays host to a weekly Downtown Farmers' Market where you can catch the latest and freshest farm produce. The biggest employment industry is manufacturing including food processing, equipment, machinery, printing, and publishing. It is home to global firms such as Nationwide, MetLife, Wells Fargo and Principal Financial among others.

Iowa is a state of many firsts. It is an excellent choice for those looking to get cheaper homes, better education and jobs. The state is renowned for producing top performers in all areas of life. To help you get the best places to live in Iowa, check out the complete search and location information. You can also read countless reviews from people already using the service and their experiences in the locations they live.