Best Cities For Singles In Iowa For 2020

We used science and data to determine which cities in Iowa have the best set up for singles: no kids, no old people, and a lot to do.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best cities for singles in Iowa.

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Are you trying to find love in Iowa?

Or are you just looking to hook up?

Either way, we've got you covered here. At least, we'll point you in the right direction - which is why you came here in the first place, right?

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who have remained single (not married) is growing. That means, people are dating a lot longer than they used to.

There are many reasons for that, including financial and cultural. And, we suspect smartphones and social media has a lot to do with it, too. After all, we're all a lot more distracted these days.

If you live in Iowa, there's a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Hawkeye State ranks in the top 10 when it comes to number of people over the age of 18 who aren't married, or in a serious relationship. That's great news for people looking for their match.

So, where are the best cities for singles in Iowa? We've got the answers here.

These are the best cities for singles in Iowa for 2020:

  1. Ames (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Des Moines (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Fairfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Davenport (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Coralville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Storm Lake (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Cedar Falls (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Council Bluffs (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Dubuque (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Cedar Rapids (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So, what was the best city for singles in Iowa? Ames ranks as the best place for singles in Iowa if you care about things singles care about like night life, affordable housing, and other singles.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each city ranked. If you live in or really close to one of these cities, and you're single, you should probably get out more often. And stop staring at your phone. Just sayin'.

The most boring place in iowa? That would be Johnston.

And after you find a mate, you'll no doubt want to start a family and buy a home right? Don't forget to check out the best places to live in iowa or the safest places to live in iowa.

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The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Iowa For 2020

Ames, IA

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Population: 65,937
Median Age: 23.3
Married households: 15.0%
Households with kids: 18.2%
More on Ames: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Ames is a city located in the central part of Story County, Iowa, United States. It is located approximately 30 miles north of Des Moines, and had a 2010 population of 58,965. The U.S. Census Bureau designates the Ames metropolitan statistical area as encompassing all of Story County; combined with the Boone, Iowa micropolitan statistical area, the pair make up the larger Ames-Boone combined statistical area. While Ames is the largest city in Story County, the county seat is in the nearby city of Nevada 8 miles east of Ames.

Des Moines, IA

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Population: 215,932
Median Age: 33.9
Married households: 23.0%
Households with kids: 31.5%
More on Des Moines: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Des Moines is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. It is also the county seat of Polk County. A small part of the city extends into Warren County. It was incorporated on September 22, 1851, as Fort Des Moines, which was shortened to "Des Moines" in 1857. It is on and named after the Des Moines River, which likely was adapted from the French colonial name, Rivire des Moines, meaning "River of the Monks". The city's population was 203,433 as of the 2010 census. The five-county metropolitan area is ranked 89th in terms of population in the United States with 634,725 residents according to the 2016 estimate by the United States Census Bureau.

Fairfield, IA

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Population: 10,216
Median Age: 38.2
Married households: 14.0%
Households with kids: 21.3%
More on Fairfield: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Fairfield is a city in, and the county seat of, Jefferson County, Iowa, United States. It has a population totaling 9,464 people according to the 2010 census. It is a Midwestern city surrounded by rolling farmlands filled with corn, soybean, cattle, and hogs with a median family income of $46,138. The city became the county seat in 1839 with 110 residents and grew to 650 by 1847. Its library was established in 1853, and it held its first fair in 1854. Early architecture includes work by George Franklin Barber and Barry Byrne, who trained under Frank Lloyd Wright.

Davenport, IA

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Population: 102,318
Median Age: 36.1
Married households: 23.0%
Households with kids: 28.0%
More on Davenport: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Davenport is the county seat of Scott County in Iowa and is located along the Mississippi River on the eastern border of the state. It is the largest of the Quad Cities, a metropolitan area with a population estimate of 382,630 and a CSA population of 474,226; it is the 90th largest CSA in the nation. Davenport was founded on May 14, 1836 by Antoine Le Claire and was named for his friend, George Davenport, a colonel who was stationed at nearby Fort Armstrong during the Black Hawk War. According to the 2010 census, the city had a population of 99,685. The city appealed this figure, arguing that the Census Bureau missed a section of residents, and that its total population was more than 100,000. The Census Bureau estimated Davenport's 2011 population to be 100,802.

Review Of Davenport by HomeSnacks User

The crime rate has been on the increase. I've noticed more and more terrible drivers; running red lights, texting while driving, etc.

Terrible drivers, rude employees, employees that sit on their phones rather than helping out customers.

Coralville, IA

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Population: 20,645
Median Age: 32.3
Married households: 18.0%
Households with kids: 30.5%
More on Coralville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Coralville is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. It is a suburb of Iowa City and part of the Iowa City Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 18,907 at the 2010 census.

Storm Lake, IA

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Population: 10,672
Median Age: 29.1
Married households: 13.0%
Households with kids: 44.7%
More on Storm Lake: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Storm Lake is a city in Buena Vista County, Iowa, United States. The population was 10,600 in the 2010 census, an increase from 10,076 in the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Buena Vista County. Storm Lake is home to Buena Vista University, originally Buena Vista College. Tyson Foods operates a large hog slaughterhouse, meat packing plant, and turkey processing plant in Storm Lake.

Cedar Falls, IA

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Population: 41,202
Median Age: 26.9
Married households: 28.0%
Households with kids: 24.9%
More on Cedar Falls: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Cedar Falls is a city in Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 39,260 and has the smaller population of the two principal cities in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls metropolitan area. It is home to the University of Northern Iowa, a public university.

Council Bluffs, IA

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Population: 62,478
Median Age: 37.5
Married households: 22.0%
Households with kids: 29.3%
More on Council Bluffs: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Council Bluffs is a city in and the county seat of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States. The city is the most populous Omaha suburb and a principal city in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area. It is located on the east bank of the Missouri River, across from Omaha, Nebraska. Council Bluffs was known, until at least 1853, as Kanesville. It was the historic starting point of the Mormon Trail. Kanesville is also the northernmost anchor town of the other emigrant trails, since there was a steam powered boat to ferry their wagons, and cattle, across the Missouri River.

Dubuque, IA

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Population: 58,340
Median Age: 37.0
Married households: 31.0%
Households with kids: 26.5%
More on Dubuque: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Dubuque is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. In 2013, its population was 58,253, making it the tenth-largest city in the state.

Review Of Dubuque by HomeSnacks User

Dubuque is an all around perfect weather town. It is right on the Mississippi river and you can access 2 other states within miles of each other.

The river has so many things to do while there and the restaurants are amazing.

Cedar Rapids, IA

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Population: 131,360
Median Age: 35.8
Married households: 30.0%
Households with kids: 29.7%
More on Cedar Rapids: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Cedar Rapids is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. The city lies on both banks of the Cedar River, 20 miles north of Iowa City and 100 miles northeast of Des Moines, the state's capital and largest city. It is a part of the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor of Linn, Benton, Cedar, Jones, Johnson, and Washington counties. Until massive flooding in 2008, the city's government was headquartered in the Veterans Memorial Building, near the Linn County Courthouse and jail on Mays Island in the Cedar River; Cedar Rapids was one of a few cities in the world, along with Paris, France, with governmental offices on a municipal island.

How do you determine which city is best for singles in iowa anyways?

To give you the places in iowa which are best for singles to find one another, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what single people like.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the Hawkeye State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the 2014-2018 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of iowa, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Population density
  • % of population that's male vs. female (closer to a 50-50 ratio is better)
  • % of households with kids
  • Median age
  • Number of unmarried people in each city

We then gave each city a Singles Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for singles to find one another. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For iowa, that meant a total of 38 cities. You can download the data here.

Read on to see why Ames is the talk of the town while Johnston is probably a bit on the boring side.

There You Have It - The Best Cities for Singles in iowa for 2020

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in iowa ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for finding a single person (and potentially love), this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the most boring cities in iowa according to the data:

  1. Johnston
  2. Waukee
  3. Spencer

For more Iowa reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Iowa

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Ames, IA 65,937 23.3
2 Des Moines, IA 215,932 33.9
3 Fairfield, IA 10,216 38.2
4 Davenport, IA 102,318 36.1
5 Coralville, IA 20,645 32.3
6 Storm Lake, IA 10,672 29.1
7 Cedar Falls, IA 41,202 26.9
8 Council Bluffs, IA 62,478 37.5
9 Dubuque, IA 58,340 37.0
10 Cedar Rapids, IA 131,360 35.8
11 West Des Moines, IA 64,400 35.5
12 Marshalltown, IA 27,275 37.1
13 Ottumwa, IA 24,676 35.6
14 Oskaloosa, IA 11,505 35.7
15 Waterloo, IA 68,134 37.0
16 Fort Dodge, IA 24,417 36.2
17 Burlington, IA 25,127 41.5
18 Waverly, IA 10,075 35.4
19 Urbandale, IA 42,881 38.8
20 North Liberty, IA 18,357 30.2
21 Muscatine, IA 23,864 35.6
22 Ankeny, IA 59,152 32.6
23 Pella, IA 10,273 35.7
24 Boone, IA 12,529 39.2
25 Clive, IA 17,195 40.0
26 Marion, IA 38,699 38.9
27 Bettendorf, IA 35,793 40.3
28 Fort Madison, IA 10,614 42.0
29 Newton, IA 15,167 40.4
30 Indianola, IA 15,653 35.3
31 Grimes, IA 11,930 34.4
32 Altoona, IA 17,936 34.7
33 Clinton, IA 25,637 42.6
34 Keokuk, IA 10,412 40.0
35 Norwalk, IA 10,568 36.2
36 Spencer, IA 11,092 42.3
37 Waukee, IA 19,344 33.1
38 Johnston, IA 20,767 38.7

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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