These Are The 10 Sunniest Cities In Iowa


We looked at the climate data to see which IA cities have the most sunshine on their shoulders.

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It’s the dead of winter, and the time of year when the ground is frozen, the air is bone chilling, and there are piles of dirty, nasty ice encrusted snow all over the place. Sure, a Saturday morning right after a foot of fluffy snow is the best thing ever.

But for the most part, this is about the time of year when we’re just about ready for Spring.

So, put on your parkas, snow boots and your gloves and let’s go outside to see which Iowa cities actually get the most sunshine each year. Because, sunshine on your shoulders makes you happy, right?

After analyzing all cities with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list as The 10 Sunniest Cities In Iowa:

  1. Shenandoah
  2. Denison
  3. Clarinda
  4. Atlantic
  5. Glenwood
  6. Harlan
  7. Red Oak
  8. Council Bluffs
  9. Cherokee
  10. Sioux City

Read on below to see where your town ranked, you sun worshippers. You know you can’t wait until it’s warm again.

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What snow measuring criteria did we use?

In order to rank the sunniest cities in Iowa, we only had to scrape the database of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to see which cities in the Hawkeye State get the most sunny days each year.

Before we get too far, here are the sunny days for the larger cities: Des Moines 204, Davenport 203, Cedar Rapids only 193. There’s a complete chart at the bottom.

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1. Shenandoah

Google Maps

Population: 5,114
Sunny days a year: 218

2. Denison

Google Maps

Population: 8,562
Sunny days a year: 217

3. Clarinda

Google Maps

Population: 5,766
Sunny days a year: 215

4. Atlantic

Google Maps

Population: 7,702
Sunny days a year: 214

5. Glenwood

Google Maps

Population: 5,088
Sunny days a year: 214

6. Harlan

Google Maps

Population: 5,885
Sunny days a year: 213

7. Red Oak

Wikipedia

Population: 5,149
Sunny days a year: 212

8. Council Bluffs

Google Maps

Population: 61,864
Sunny days a year: 212

9. Cherokee

Google Maps

Population: 5,585
Sunny days a year: 211

10. Sioux City

Google Maps

Population: 82,261
Sunny days a year: 211

Checking out where the data where the sun shines the most

If you’re measuring the locations in Iowa with the most sunshine every year, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the cloudiest cities in Iowa:

  1. Charles City – 187 days a year
  2. Marion – 188 days a year
  3. Anamosa – 188 days a year
  4. Mason City – 188 days a year
  5. Manchester – 189 days a year
  6. Below is a complete chart with the sunshine data for each Iowa city:

    City Sunny Days Rank
    Shenandoah 218 1
    Denison 217 2
    Clarinda 215 3
    Atlantic 214 4
    Glenwood 214 5
    Harlan 213 6
    Red Oak 212 7
    Council Bluffs 212 8
    Cherokee 211 9
    Sioux City 211 10
    Orange City 210 11
    Storm Lake 209 12
    Carroll 209 13
    Spencer 206 14
    Sheldon 206 15
    Indianola 206 16
    Grimes 206 17
    Sioux Center 205 18
    Urbandale 205 19
    Des Moines 204 20
    Fort Madison 204 21
    Knoxville 204 22
    Winterset 204 23
    Le Mars 204 24
    Ankeny 204 25
    Fort Dodge 203 26
    Perry 203 27
    Mount Pleasant 203 28
    Davenport 203 29
    Pleasant Hill 203 30
    Pella 203 31
    Bettendorf 203 32
    Keokuk 202 33
    Creston 202 34
    Ames 202 35
    Nevada 202 36
    Eldridge 202 37
    Altoona 201 38
    Ottumwa 200 39
    Burlington 200 40
    Webster City 200 41
    Centerville 200 42
    Newton 200 43
    West Des Moines 200 44
    Clive 200 45
    Washington 199 46
    Estherville 199 47
    Fairfield 199 48
    Iowa City 199 49
    Johnston 199 50
    De Witt 199 51
    Waukee 199 52
    Muscatine 198 53
    Boone 198 54
    Coralville 198 55
    Norwalk 198 56
    Clinton 197 57
    Algona 197 58
    Marshalltown 196 59
    Grinnell 196 60
    Iowa Falls 196 61
    Maquoketa 195 62
    Waterloo 194 63
    Oskaloosa 194 64
    Dubuque 194 65
    Cedar Rapids 193 66
    North Liberty 193 67
    Oelwein 192 68
    Hiawatha 192 69
    Cedar Falls 192 70
    Decorah 192 71
    Clear Lake 190 72
    Vinton 190 73
    Independence 190 74
    Waverly 190 75
    Manchester 189 76
    Mason City 188 77
    Anamosa 188 78
    Marion 188 79
    Charles City 187 80

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