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Iowa : What you need to know

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, Marion, WaterlooSioux City and Iowa City. Top universities include Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa.

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Quick Facts about IA

Population 3,093,526
Latest Population Increase 0.00%
Median Household Income $53,183
Median Home Price $129,200
Median Property Tax $1,171
Median Rent $72

Employment Rate in IA

  Employed 96.2%
  Unemployed 3.8%

Race in IA

  Ethnicity White 91.2%
  Ethnicity Black 3.2%
  Ethnicity Asian 2%
  Ethnicity Hawaiian 0.1%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 5.4%
  Ethnicity Indian 0.3%
  Ethnicity Other 1.3%

Employment Rate in IA

  Employed 96.2%
  Unemployed 3.8%

Educational Levels in IA

  Bachelor's Degree 18.2%
  Associate's Degree 11.1%
  Graduate or Professional Degree 8.5%
  High School Graduate 32.2%
  Some College, No Degree 21.5%
  Percent Bachelor's Degree or Higher 26.7%
  Percent High School Graduate or Higher 91.5%

Industry in IA

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting and Mining 3.9%
Construction 6.2%
Manufacturing 15.2%
Wholesale Trade 2.8%
Retail Trade 11.7%
Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities 4.6%
Information 1.8%
Finance and Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 7.4%
Professional, Scientific and Management and Administrative and Waste 7.2%
Educational Services and Health Care and Social Assistance 24.3%
Arts, Entertainment and recreation and Accommodation and food Services 7.5%
Other Services, Except Public Administration 4.2%
Public Administration 3.2%

Housing in IA

  Homes Rent 71.5%
  Homes Owned 28.5%

Iowa Rankings

Best places to Live in Iowa

Title Population Median Home Price Median Household Income
Des Moines 208,020 $117,800 $46,290
Cedar Rapids 128,829 $136,400 $53,581
Davenport 101,863 $121,700 $47,343
Sioux City 82,792 $95,500 $43,888
Iowa City 71,832 $186,100 $42,375
Waterloo 68,432 $104,200 $41,933
Ames 62,815 $174,300 $41,616
Council Bluffs 62,309 $111,900 $45,551
West Des Moines 61,266 $188,600 $71,200
Dubuque 58,409 $132,800 $47,450
Ankeny 51,489 $175,700 $75,465
Urbandale 42,099 $196,200 $78,059
Cedar Falls 40,439 $170,500 $55,808
Marion 36,311 $148,300 $64,527
Bettendorf 34,663 $182,900 $75,373
Marshalltown 27,770 $99,000 $50,396
Mason City 27,643 $102,300 $43,525
Clinton 26,413 $90,900 $41,813
Burlington 25,537 $87,700 $39,586
Fort Dodge 24,789 $79,700 $39,315