Best Places to Live in Iowa

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What you need to know about Iowa

Ranked among the safest states to live, Iowa also enjoys lofty ratings for attracting business thanks to low taxes and utility costs. Its diverse economy is led by agriculture, manufacturing, biotechnology, finance, insurance and government services. The capital and largest city is Des Moines, and other best places to live in Iowa are Cedar Rapids, West Des Moines, Ames, Davenport, Sioux City and Iowa City. Top universities include Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa.

Best Places to Live in Iowa
List includes Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls
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Population

3,078,116
Up by 3%
Marion, IA: Enterprise Center Industrial Park
Marion, IA Opens New Enterprise Center Industrial Park
The Marion Enterprise Center Helps Lure New Companies to the City
Marion, IA Sports and Recreation
Marion, IA's Recreational Offerings Provide Something for Everybody
There are endless recreational opportunities in Marion – just get out and find what interests you!
Marion, IA Blue Zones
Blue Zones Put Marion, IA in the Pink
Marion has adopted strategies that make it a healthy place to live.
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Why Marion, IA is a Great Place to Live
High-ranking schools, 15 parks, Uptown district contribute to quality of life.
tower shot of Iowa State University campus
Things to Do in Ames, IA
Options include shopping, sightseeing and Cyclones football.
Marion, IA Arts and Culture
Arts and Culture in Marion, IA
Marion's galleries, theaters and museums help immerse residents in the arts.

Housing

Homes Owned 72%
72% Complete
Homes Rented 28%
28% Complete

Median Home Price

$126,300
Higher than the national average
Marion, IA Education
Education in Marion, IA
Marion schools offer families a high-quality education, from preschool through college.

Marion, IA: St. Luke's Hospital
Marion, IA Health and Wellness
A look at health care in and around Marion, IA

Marion, IA Restaurants
Best Restaurants in Marion, IA
A roundup of good places to eat in Marion

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Marion, IA: Legacy Manufacturing
Marion, IA Business Overview
Manufacturing is key sector of the local economy
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Marion, IA Top Employers
Current list includes Rockwell Collins and two hospitals

Median Household Income

$52,716
Lower than the national average

Education

Bachelor’s Degree 26%
26% Complete
Graduated High School 91%
91% Complete

Residents

Most residents are
5-17 Years old

More About Iowa Cities

Marion, IA Opens New Enterprise Center Industrial Park
The Marion Enterprise Center Helps Lure New Companies to the City

Marion, IA's Recreational Offerings Provide Something for Everybody
There are endless recreational opportunities in Marion – just get out and find what interests you!

Blue Zones Put Marion, IA in the Pink
Marion has adopted strategies that make it a healthy place to live.

Why Marion, IA is a Great Place to Live
High-ranking schools, 15 parks, Uptown district contribute to quality of life.

Things to Do in Ames, IA
Options include shopping, sightseeing and Cyclones football.

Arts and Culture in Marion, IA
Marion's galleries, theaters and museums help immerse residents in the arts.

Education in Marion, IA
Marion schools offer families a high-quality education, from preschool through college.

Marion, IA Health and Wellness
A look at health care in and around Marion, IA

Best Restaurants in Marion, IA
A roundup of good places to eat in Marion

Best Places to Fulfill Your New Year's Resolutions
Whether you've vowed to exercise more or spend less, these cities will help you keep your resolutions.

Marion, IA Business Overview
Manufacturing is key sector of the local economy

Marion, IA Top Employers
Current list includes Rockwell Collins and two hospitals

8 Reasons to Move to Iowa City, Iowa
Here are the best things about living in Iowa City.

Marion, IA Embraces Its Artistic Identity
Artistic displays, classes and events emphasize the arts in Marion.

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Why Ames, IA is a Top 100 Best Place to Live
A special relationship between Ames and Iowa State University gives smart residents a place to call home

America's Top 10 College Tailgate Cities
Big parties bring excitement to autumn football weekends

Reasons to Move to Ames, IA
Attractions include ISU events, five golf courses, Main Street District

Top Employers in Cedar Rapids, IA
Businesses in Cedar Rapids range from food makers to aviation system providers

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8 Top Employers in Ames, IA
Iowa State, hospital, Hy-Vee are major economic leaders

Why Cedar Rapids, IA Is Among the Top 100 Best Places to Live
This iconic Midwestern city took a major flood in stride and came out stronger for it

6 Reasons to Move to West Des Moines, IA
Good jobs, great schools head the list

Why Iowa City, Iowa Is a Top 100 Best Place to Live
The home of the Hawkeyes proves to be a great place for writers, doctors and more

Best Places to Live in Iowa