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, Waterloo, Sioux City and Iowa City. Top universities include Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa.
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Quick Facts about IA
|Latest Population Increase||0.00%|
|Median Household Income||$53,183|
|Median Home Price||$129,200|
|Median Property Tax||$1,171|
Employment Rate in IA
Race in IA
Employment Rate in IA
Educational Levels in IA
|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%|
|Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities||4.6%|
|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%|
Housing in IA
Data Sources : U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census, 2011-2015 American Community Survey, 2010 Census Gazetteer, GreatSchools, WalkScore, Bureau of Labor and Statistics, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service, Veterans Administration (VA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Best places to Live in Iowa
|Title||Population||Median Home Price||Median Household Income|
|West Des Moines||61,266||$188,600||$71,200|