These Are The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Iowa For 2018


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.

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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. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:

  1. Ames (Photos)
  2. Des Moines (Photos)
  3. Oskaloosa (Photos)
  4. Davenport (Photos)
  5. Dubuque (Photos)
  6. Fort Dodge (Photos)
  7. Waterloo (Photos)
  8. Cedar Rapids (Photos)
  9. Council Bluffs (Photos)
  10. North Liberty (Photos)

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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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 2011-2015 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 36 cities.

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

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1. Ames

Ames, Ia

Population: 64,073
Median Age: 23.2
Married households: 36.0%
Households with kids: 18.8%
Ames is a city located in the central part of Story County, Iowa, United States. It is located approximately 30 miles (48 km) 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 (Boone County, Iowa), 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 (13 km) east of Ames.

2. Des Moines

Des Moines, Ia

Population: 212,859
Median Age: 33.7
Married households: 38.5%
Households with kids: 33.1%
Des Moines /dmn/ ( listen) 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, Rivière 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.

3. Oskaloosa

Oskaloosa, Ia

Population: 11,538
Median Age: 36.8
Married households: 40.3%
Households with kids: 29.4%
Oskaloosa is a city in and the county seat of Mahaska County, Iowa, United States. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, it was a national center of bituminous coal mining. The population was 11,463 in the 2010 census, an increase from 10,938 in the 2000 census.

4. Davenport

Davenport, Ia

Population: 102,305
Median Age: 35.1
Married households: 41.8%
Households with kids: 29.5%
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 (making it Iowa’s third-largest city). 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.

5. Dubuque

Dubuque, Ia

Population: 58,535
Median Age: 37.3
Married households: 43.4%
Households with kids: 27.1%
Dubuque /dbjuk/ ( listen) 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.

6. Fort Dodge

Fort Dodge, Ia

Population: 24,626
Median Age: 37.3
Married households: 37.7%
Households with kids: 27.9%
Fort Dodge is a city in and the county seat of Webster County, Iowa, United States, along the Des Moines River. The population was 25,206 in the 2010 census, an increase from 25,136 in the 2000 census. Fort Dodge is a major commercial center for North Central and Northwest Iowa. It is located on U.S. Routes 20 and 169.

7. Waterloo

Waterloo, Ia

Source: Public domain

Population: 68,357
Median Age: 36.5
Married households: 40.0%
Households with kids: 28.1%
Waterloo is a city in and the county seat of Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census the population decreased by 0.5% to 68,406; the 2014 Census estimates the population at 68,364, making it the sixth-largest city in the state. The city is part of the Waterloo ? Cedar Falls Metropolitan Statistical Area, and is the more populous of the two cities.

8. Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids, Ia

Population: 129,537
Median Age: 35.7
Married households: 43.6%
Households with kids: 29.6%
Cedar Rapids /sidr ræpdz/ 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 (32 km) north of Iowa City and 100 miles (160 km) 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.

9. Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs, Ia

Population: 62,326
Median Age: 37.0
Married households: 40.9%
Households with kids: 30.1%
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.

10. North Liberty

North Liberty, Ia

Population: 16,984
Median Age: 29.8
Married households: 43.6%
Households with kids: 37.1%
North Liberty 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.

There You Have It – The Best Cities for Singles in Iowa

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. Grimes
  3. Spencer

For more Iowa reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Iowa

City Rank Population Median Age
Ames 1 64,073 23.2
Des Moines 2 212,859 33.7
Oskaloosa 3 11,538 36.8
Davenport 4 102,305 35.1
Dubuque 5 58,535 37.3
Fort Dodge 6 24,626 37.3
Waterloo 7 68,357 36.5
Cedar Rapids 8 129,537 35.7
Council Bluffs 9 62,326 37.0
North Liberty 10 16,984 29.8
Coralville 11 20,078 32.3
Cedar Falls 12 40,828 26.6
Marion 13 37,198 37.3
West Des Moines 14 61,624 34.6
Waverly 15 10,049 33.9
Burlington 16 25,492 40.7
Ankeny 17 53,413 32.0
Storm Lake 18 10,768 28.4
Marshalltown 19 27,637 36.6
Ottumwa 20 24,709 36.4
Newton 21 15,090 41.7
Keokuk 22 10,628 39.5
Boone 23 12,609 38.4
Pella 24 10,280 32.6
Fort Madison 25 10,769 42.5
Urbandale 26 41,578 38.8
Muscatine 27 23,909 35.5
Indianola 28 15,343 33.4
Bettendorf 29 35,048 40.7
Clinton 30 26,148 42.1
Altoona 31 16,692 34.3
Clive 32 17,022 40.3
Waukee 33 16,955 33.1
Spencer 34 11,172 40.9
Grimes 35 10,422 32.6
Johnston 36 19,491 39.1

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