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Places With The Best Housing In Iowa 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score84
  • 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
87
  • 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
79
  • Asbury, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,201
86
  • 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,
80
  • Eldridge, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,122
83
  • 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
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
84
  • 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
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
80
  • 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
82
  • 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
85
  • 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
80
  • Pleasant Hill, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,406
85
  • Sioux Center, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,370
78
  • Norwalk, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,944
80
  • Bondurant, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,079
85
  • 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
81
  • 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
83
  • 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
71
  • 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
83
  • Orange City, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,153
81
  • 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
  • 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
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
83
  • 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
74
  • 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
82
  • Le Mars, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,826
80
  • DeWitt, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,264
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  • Sheldon, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,015
75
  • Glenwood, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,233
79
  • 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...
79
  • Clear Lake, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,644
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  • Carroll, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,990
71
  • 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
77
  • Winterset, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,158
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  • Nevada, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,796
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  • Hiawatha, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,160
71
  • 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
81
  • Algona, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,496
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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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  • Independence, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,005
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  • Vinton, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,166
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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
73
  • 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
74
  • 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
82
  • Mount Pleasant, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,491
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  • Muscatine, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,909
  • Muscatine, Iowa is the prototypical small city in the Midwest. While not for everyone, I enjoyed my time in Muscatine and would recommend it to any who wish to get out of the big city but still enjoy
80
  • Manchester, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,083
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  • 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

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.