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Places With The Lowest Cost Of Living In Iowa 2018

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  • 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
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  • Centerville, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,404
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  • 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
74
  • Clarinda, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,431
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Red Oak, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,547
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  • Creston, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,877
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  • Iowa Falls, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,176
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  • Shenandoah, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,030
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Perry, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,876
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  • Knoxville, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,236
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  • 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
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  • Oelwein, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,195
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  • Marshalltown, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,637
  • Marshalltown: You Can Go Home Again Living in Marshalltown, Iowa, is a nostalgia trip for me. I grew up here, but joined the army straight out of high school. When it was time to retire, I couldn't wait
79
  • Atlantic, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,817
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  • Denison, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,326
79
  • Fairfield, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,942
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  • Charles City, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,496
79
  • 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
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  • Harlan, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,008
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  • Cherokee, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,113
82
  • Mount Pleasant, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,491
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Washington, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,368
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  • Maquoketa, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,025
79
  • Mason City, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,546
  • There is no place that is quite like Mason City, Iowa. It has a charm that comes from generations and generations of kind and hardworking people coming together to create this beautiful place. Mason
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  • Nevada, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,796
83
  • Carroll, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,990
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  • Algona, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,496
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  • 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
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  • Anamosa, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,459
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Manchester, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,083
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  • Estherville, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,027
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  • Glenwood, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,233
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  • 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
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  • Vinton, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,166
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  • Grinnell, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,112
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  • 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
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  • Clear Lake, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,644
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  • Independence, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,005
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  • 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
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  • Winterset, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,158
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  • Le Mars, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,826
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  • Indianola, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,343
  • Living in Indianola is great! There's all kinds of fun things to do here, for example the National Balloon Classic Field is located here and every year we have a hot air balloon competition. You really

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.