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Places With The Lowest Cost Of Living In Iowa 2020

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score79
  • Oelwein, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,195
73
  • Keokuk, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,628
  • It's really great living in Keokuk, Iowa right along the banks of the Mississippi where it's known as the "Gate City" bordering both Missouri and Illinois. I really enjoy living here, especially on…[read more]
75
  • Centerville, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,404
81
  • Clarinda, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,431
64
  • Red Oak, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,547
68
  • Fort Madison, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,769
  • this is a boring town for old people. the roads are ridiculously bad, and they choose to fix road areas that are drive-able opposed to those that aren't (i.e. the highway, one lane in the downtown area…[read more]
85
  • Cherokee, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,113
88
  • Creston, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,877
85
  • Shenandoah, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,030
80
  • Knoxville, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,236
74
  • Burlington, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,492
  • Burlington is a relaxing little city in Iowa. I've been living here a while now and I enjoy the area. It's pretty far from any other big cities so it definitely feels like you're living in the…[read more]
84
  • Atlantic, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,817
86
  • Denison, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,326
75
  • 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…[read more]
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]
90
  • Harlan, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,008
83
  • Fairfield, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,942
82
  • Independence, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,005
86
  • Mount Pleasant, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,491
79
  • Newton, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,090
  • Newtown, Iowa is one of those little towns you think it's impossible to find these days, but really we're just a well-kept secret! Anyone living in Newtown will tell you that this is one of the best…[read more]
79
  • 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…[read more]
73
  • Maquoketa, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,025
77
  • Estherville, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,027
71
  • Fort Dodge, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,626
  • Fort Dodge, Iowa is located around an hour or so north of Des Moines. Fort Dodge is a fun city with the conveniences of urban commerce and the pleasantries of rural living. Fort Dodge is medium-size city…[read more]
85
  • Iowa Falls, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,176
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]
79
  • Spencer, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,172
  • i like spencer it seems good the police keep this keep this area safe spencer is getting bad though all though spencer is kinda safe but its getting real bad here i dont like spencer anymore i suggest…[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]
79
  • Perry, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,876
76
  • 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…[read more]
70
  • Clinton, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 26,148
  • It is a very boring small town with drug addicts running rampant the only thing to do here is drink and if you're a teen do stuff that probably isn't legal. Very limited on jobs nearby and as far as the…[read more]
67
  • Ottumwa, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,709
  • Living in Ottumwa was alright, but it was far from any other big cities and sometimes you feel like you're living in the middle of nowhere. You'll probably be able to find a decent job here, nothing very…[read more]
72
  • Marshalltown, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,637
  • I Was Born And Raised In Marshalltown Iowa, And What I Can Tell You Is Our City Council Funds All Its Projects By Enforcing You To Pay Taxes To Pay For All With That In Mind.Marshalltown Iowa Is The…[read more]
90
  • Le Mars, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,826
78
  • 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…[read more]
79
  • Glenwood, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,233
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]
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]
74
  • Mason City, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,546
  • The city is not bad, people are nice. The schools are very good. There a few issues I noticed, the city Government lacks vision, focusing on the Music Man and downtown area that is dying, southbridge…[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]
80
  • Sheldon, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,015
74
  • Storm Lake, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,768
  • Storm Lake, IA is one of those great places you stumble upon and it just seems almost too good to be true. Well, let me say that after living in Storm Lake for nearly 8 years now I can personally vouch…[read more]
80
  • Anamosa, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,459
72
  • Grinnell, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,112
85
  • Manchester, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,083
89
  • Algona, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,496
84
  • Winterset, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,158
71
  • Muscatine, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,909
  • I've been here a year now, most people are very nice the church here on 61 is fantastic, no traffic everything is close by like city hall and the library is wonderful for the kids. These are a positive …[read more]
84
  • Nevada, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,796
78
  • Vinton, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,166

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.