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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, MarionSioux City and Iowa City. Top universities include Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa.

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Iowa Profile

Quick Facts

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

  Employed 96.2%
  Unemployed 3.8%

Race

  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

  Employed 96.2%
  Unemployed 3.8%

Educational Levels

  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

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

  Homes Rent 71.5%
  Homes Owned 28.5%

Iowa Rankings

Best places to Live in Iowa

Title Population Median Home Price Median Household Income
Ackley 1,706 $73,600 $44,063
Ackworth 40 $162,500 $40,000
Adair 854 $85,600 $48,188
Adel 4,055 $152,100 $56,319
Afton 970 $70,300 $42,137
Agency 655 $87,900 $37,857
Ainsworth 568 $95,600 $42,212
Akron 1,454 $93,800 $41,161
Albert City 631 $55,200 $44,342
Albia 3,799 $88,100 $44,230
Albion 468 $75,300 $53,750
Alburnett 607 $148,400 $66,875
Alden 803 $78,700 $48,173
Alexander 157 $39,700 $39,375
Algona 5,494 $100,500 $50,512
Alleman 524 $169,800 $81,818
Allerton 536 $39,800 $39,688
Allison 1,160 $86,800 $52,750
Alta 2,056 $96,300 $46,458
Alta Vista 288 $50,000 $40,000