The Full List Of Cities In Iowa

A comprehensive list of all 80 cities and places in Iowa by letter and population size. You can also browse special categories of cities only found on HomeSnacks.

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Biggest Cities In Iowa

Using the latest Census data, we created a list of all the 80 places in Iowa sorted from biggest to smallest. Feel free to sort by city name, population size, or rank.

CityRankPop. 2014Pop. 2013Pop. 2012Pop. 2011Pop. 20105yr Growth
Des Moines1206,702205,415204,362203,386202,0952.28%
Cedar Rapids2128,009127,420126,921126,306125,4502.04%
Davenport3101,316100,56499,78199,01098,3253.04%
Sioux City482,71982,60282,52982,31682,1060.75%
Iowa City570,59769,31468,36467,50666,7585.75%
Waterloo668,39268,32768,24868,10667,8930.73%
Council Bluffs762,26162,09461,98661,74061,3401.5%
Ames861,27660,16859,20658,15857,3436.86%
West Des Moines959,81558,34457,04155,81254,7319.29%
Dubuque1058,06857,82657,72757,67957,5040.98%
Ankeny1149,48847,58645,73243,76742,21117.24%
Urbandale1241,15740,27739,42638,54237,5039.74%
Cedar Falls1340,00939,64639,19738,65338,1784.8%
Marion1435,80935,28934,75034,04133,2937.56%
Bettendorf1534,24733,78333,34732,82632,4905.41%
Mason City1627,77527,92128,01228,07628,125-1.24%
Marshalltown1727,74927,65627,46527,30927,0962.41%
Clinton1826,61126,75726,87726,95627,016-1.5%
Burlington1925,55925,61925,62425,60325,604-0.18%
Ottumwa2024,84724,89624,84924,86624,889-0.17%
Fort Dodge2124,84624,97225,10925,23025,323-1.88%
Muscatine2223,85722,97822,91522,85822,8194.55%
Coralville2319,67719,32818,93118,56618,1868.2%
Johnston2418,87418,13517,31616,44615,72320.04%
Clive2516,24615,88815,55715,23914,9508.67%
Waukee2615,94415,04314,10813,10012,30529.57%
Altoona2715,31714,95414,56314,14413,75711.34%
Newton2815,13915,18515,23415,30015,371-1.51%
Indianola2915,01414,89614,78714,68814,5463.22%
North Liberty3014,50313,94413,33012,56411,88921.99%
Boone3112,61912,63512,65812,72412,764-1.14%
Oskaloosa3211,55511,52411,49411,45011,3931.42%
Spencer3311,17711,18811,20411,20011,193-0.14%
Fort Madison3410,92911,04511,02211,05911,096-1.51%
Storm Lake3510,74310,65210,54110,43710,3573.73%
Keokuk3610,74210,76510,75710,75410,802-0.56%
Pella3710,34310,34610,36510,34610,359-0.15%
Carroll3810,05110,06310,05710,07710,0470.04%
Waverly399,9989,9499,8819,8039,7542.5%
Le Mars409,7839,7839,7659,7309,7190.66%
Fairfield419,6159,4509,4629,4609,4511.74%
Norwalk429,4449,2549,0128,7848,6229.53%
Grinnell439,1369,1579,2059,2479,265-1.39%
Grimes449,0378,6778,3417,9167,65318.08%
Pleasant Hill459,0118,8728,6788,4088,10011.25%
Mount Pleasant468,6828,6888,7378,7148,743-0.7%
Denison478,3708,3258,2538,1838,0773.63%
Decorah488,0588,1098,0978,1128,115-0.7%
Perry497,9867,9077,8287,7987,7063.63%
Webster City507,9057,9648,0248,0818,125-2.71%
Creston517,8467,8477,8217,7887,7381.4%
Clear Lake527,7187,7467,7657,7827,799-1.04%
Charles City537,5627,5767,6007,6367,667-1.37%
Washington547,3157,3057,2777,2777,2610.74%
Knoxville557,2577,3007,3537,4077,459-2.71%
Sioux Center567,2187,1427,0556,9736,9164.37%
Hiawatha577,1097,0587,0466,9986,9322.55%
Atlantic586,9837,0257,0407,0657,078-1.34%
Nevada596,7946,7926,7956,7886,7530.61%
Oelwein606,3216,3686,4086,4186,433-1.74%
Estherville616,1776,2376,3186,3576,388-3.3%
Orange City626,1306,1016,0545,9935,9672.73%
Maquoketa636,0646,1006,1136,1306,135-1.16%
Independence645,9555,9615,9885,9815,987-0.53%
Eldridge655,9085,7835,6305,4695,31911.07%
Red Oak665,6445,6755,7105,7565,814-2.92%
Anamosa675,5265,5505,6055,5975,634-1.92%
Algona685,5135,5275,5345,5445,569-1.01%
Clarinda695,4905,5505,5355,5685,566-1.37%
Centerville705,4805,5125,5195,5525,593-2.02%
De Witt715,2975,3015,2995,2925,2860.21%
Glenwood725,2535,2695,2765,3135,354-1.89%
Vinton735,2115,2415,2535,2615,262-0.97%
Cherokee745,2035,2175,1965,2235,205-0.04%
Iowa Falls755,1935,2095,1865,2135,195-0.04%
Winterset765,1655,1575,1705,1665,1380.53%
Manchester775,1265,1455,1605,1715,187-1.18%
Shenandoah785,0795,1255,1445,2005,222-2.74%
Harlan795,0475,0755,0985,1185,140-1.81%
Sheldon805,0475,0475,0965,0995,0460.02%

Worst Places To Live In Iowa

Using FBI crime data, the government census, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Sperling's Best Places, we identified the worst places to live in Iowa based on the following criteria:

  • Population Density (Lower is worse)
  • Unemployment Rates (Higher is worse)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Lower is worse)
  • Average Home Price (Lower is worse)
  • Education spending (Lower is worse)
  • Crime (Higher is worse)
CityRank
Keokuk1
Ottumwa2
Centerville3
Cherokee4
Fort Madison5
Webster City6
Waterloo7
Maquoketa8
Clinton9
Mount Pleasant10

Most Redneck Places In Iowa

In order to rank the most redneck places in Iowa, we had to determine what criteria makes a place redneck.

To do that, we used criteria from Yelp, the Census, and Google Places data that included:

The dictionary definition categories

  • Small towns
  • Least amount of high school graduates

And the stereotypical categories

  • Number of bars per city
  • Number of mobile home parks per capita
  • Number of tobacco stores per city
  • Number of places to get fishing gear
  • Number of guns and ammo stores per city
  • Walmarts, Bass Pro Shops, and dollar stores nearby

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a city's border, as well as within a short driving distance.

CityRank
Fort Dodge1
Spirit Lake2
Denison3
Bloomfield4
West Liberty5
Missouri Valley6
Fort Madison7
Red Oak8
Maquoketa9
Osceola10

Most Dangerous Cities In Iowa

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the most dangerous, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's last three years of reporting.

Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year.

CityRank
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