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Places With The Best Housing In Iowa 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score90
  • 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
81
  • Bondurant, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,079
85
  • 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
75
  • 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
89
  • 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,
79
  • Denison, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,326
82
  • Iowa Falls, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,176
83
  • Algona, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,496
84
  • Mount Pleasant, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,491
86
  • 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
82
  • 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
76
  • Estherville, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,027
84
  • Le Mars, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,826
75
  • Perry, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,876
77
  • Cherokee, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,113
85
  • Orange City, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,153
83
  • Creston, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,877
85
  • 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
78
  • Anamosa, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,459
75
  • Oelwein, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,195
82
  • Atlantic, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,817
77
  • 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
74
  • Clarinda, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,431
89
  • 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
71
  • 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
85
  • Carroll, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,990
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  • 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
85
  • 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
80
  • Harlan, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,008
81
  • 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
80
  • Pleasant Hill, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,406
84
  • 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
80
  • 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
80
  • Fairfield, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,942
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  • 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
78
  • Charles City, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,496
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  • Winterset, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,158
71
  • 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
84
  • 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
79
  • Manchester, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,083
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  • DeWitt, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,264
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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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  • 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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  • 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
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  • Eldridge, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,122
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  • Centerville, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,404
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  • Shenandoah, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,030
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  • Maquoketa, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,025
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  • 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
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  • Nevada, IA
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,796

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.