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Places With The Best Education System In Iowa 2020

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score92
  • 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]
95
  • 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]
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]
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
  • 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]
80
  • Norwalk, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,944
71
  • Eldridge, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,122
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]
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]
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]
90
  • Orange City, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,153
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]
79
  • 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…[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]
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]
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
  • 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]
84
  • Nevada, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,796
86
  • Bondurant, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,079
89
  • Algona, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,496
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]
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]
78
  • Vinton, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,166
93
  • Carroll, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,990
80
  • Clear Lake, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,644
72
  • Grinnell, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,112
80
  • Sheldon, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,015
86
  • Pleasant Hill, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,406
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]
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]
88
  • Creston, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,877
90
  • Le Mars, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,826
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]
85
  • Iowa Falls, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,176
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]
82
  • Independence, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,005
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]
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]
79
  • Glenwood, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,233
73
  • Maquoketa, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,025
90
  • Sioux Center, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,370
75
  • Centerville, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,404
76
  • Iowa City, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 72,385
  • My biggest issue is that way too many of the police here are out to get their citizens for traffic violations. They will ticket you as many times as they want for the same violation in one day. They…[read more]
85
  • Manchester, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,083
79
  • Hiawatha, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,160
80
  • Knoxville, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,236
90
  • Harlan, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,008
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]
83
  • Fairfield, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,942
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]

Moving to a new city in Iowa is a stressful process. Combine that with having to find a new school for your kids and stress levels can reach epic proportions! As they say “education is the cornerstone of our society” so you want to be sure that you find the right school for your children. Using science and data, AreaVibes has compiled a list of cities with the best education system in Iowa with a minimum of 5,000 people.

Your children’s academic success can depend on your choice of education system. Finding the right city with the best education system in Iowa is no easy task. The quality of education varies from state to state, city to city and even district to district. In creating this list, we wanted to take into account more than just test scores. Although we do believe that standardized test scores are important we also wanted to factor in classroom sizes and graduation rates.

To further narrow down your list of the cities with the best education system in Iowa, you can use the filters above. This will allow you to filter based on cities or neighborhoods, city size as well as home and rent prices to ensure that the cities fall within your housing budget. You can also filter based on other important categories that may be important to you like amenities, cost of living, crime, employment, housing and weather.