Top 7 Cities to Live In Iowa

Posted by C21 Marketing on Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at 12:45am

  1. Ames
  • Ames has a population of 59,206, with a population density of 2,445 people per square mile.
  • 24.214 square miles of Ames is land, and 0.063 square miles is water.
  • The median age of an Ames resident is 23.6 years old. The population is 47.31% female, and 52.69% male.
  • The air quality index is 93.4, and the water quality index is 61.
  • Ames has an unemployment rate of 2.40%, with annual job growth of 2.23%. Over the next 10 years, job growth is expected to be 42.10%.
  • Median household income is $41,561.
  • The median home age in Ames is 32 years, and the median home price is $197,500.
  • 4.04% of all housing in Ames stands vacant.
  • Ames has 202 sunny days per year, and 90 days a year with precipitation.
  • Ames ranks 94 on the cost of living index, compared to 87 for the State of Iowa, on a national scale of 100.
  • Ames has annually on average 132 violent crimes per 100,000 and 2,453 property crimes per 100,000.
  • Ames has 75 police officers, or 1.3 officers per 1,000 residents.
  • Ames has 11 public schools and 2 private schools. The student/teacher ratio is 13:1.
  1. Ankeny
  • Ankeny has a population of 45,732, with a population density of 1,559 people per square mile.
  • 29.329 square miles of Ankeny is land, and 0 square miles is water.
  • The median age of an Ankeny resident is 32.9 years old. The population is 49.76% female, and 50.24% male.
  • The air quality index is 88.3, and the water quality index is 60.
  • Ankeny has an unemployment rate of 2.30%, with annual job growth of 4.03%. Over the next 10 years, job growth is expected to be 45.80%.
  • Median household income is $73,622.
  • The median home age in Ankeny is 16 years, and the median home price is $168,600.
  • 3.79% of all housing in Ankeny stands vacant.
  • Ankeny has 204 sunny days per year, and 91 days a year with precipitation.
  • Ankeny ranks 93 on the cost of living index, compared to 87 for the State of Iowa, on a national scale of 100.
  • Ankeny has annually on average 73 violent crimes per 100,000 and 1,385 property crimes per 100,000.
  • Ankeny has 59 police officers, or 1.3 officers per 1,000 residents.
  • Ankeny has 10 public schools and 1 private school. The student/teacher ratio is 19:1.
  1. Urbandale
  • Urbandale has a population of 39,426, with a population density of 1,799 people per square mile.
  • 21.92 square miles of Urbandale is land, and 0.024 square miles is water.
  • The median age of an Urbandale resident is 38.3 years old. The population is 53.31% female, and 46.69% male.
  • The air quality index is 88.3, and the water quality index is 60.
  • Urbandale has an unemployment rate of 2.70%, with annual job growth of 4.04%. Over the next 10 years, job growth is expected to be 45.80%.
  • Median household income is $83,134.
  • The median home age in Urbandale is 26 years, and the median home price is $213,800.
  • 5.03% of all housing in Urbandale stands vacant.
  • Urbandale has 205 sunny days per year, and 100 days a year with precipitation.
  • Urbandale ranks 95 on the cost of living index, compared to 87 for the State of Iowa, on a national scale of 100.
  • Urbandale has annually on average 141 violent crimes per 100,000 and 1,700 property crimes per 100,000.
  • Urbandale has 52 police officers, or 1.3 officers per 1,000 residents.
  • Urbandale has 7 public schools and 1 private school. The student/teacher ratio is 15:1.
  1. Waukee
  • Waukee has a population of 14,108, with a population density of 1,088 people per square mile.
  • 12.972 square miles of Waukee is land, and 0.015 square miles is water.
  • The median age of a Waukee resident is 32.5 years old. The population is 52.79% female, and 47.21% male.
  • The air quality index is 94.3, and the water quality index is 60.
  • Waukee has an unemployment rate of 3.40%, with annual job growth of 4.03%. Over the next 10 years, job growth is expected to be 44.70%.
  • Median household income is $78,102.
  • The median home age in Waukee is 11 years, and the median home price is $188,500.
  • 3.55% of all housing in Waukee stands vacant.
  • Waukee has 199 sunny days per year, and 108 days a year with precipitation.
  • Waukee ranks 95 on the cost of living index, compared to 87 for the State of Iowa, on a national scale of 100.
  • Waukee has annually on average 62 violent crimes per 100,000 and 997 property crimes per 100,000.
  • Waukee has 16 police officers, or 1.1 officers per 1,000 residents.
  • Waukee has 4 public schools and 0 private schools. The student/teacher ratio is 15:1.
  1. Des Moines
  • Des Moines has a population of 204,362, with a population density of 2,527 people per square mile.
  • 80.869 square miles of Des Moines is land, and 1.726 square miles is water.
  • The median age of a Des Moines resident is 33.6 years old. The population is 51.24% female, and 48.76% male.
  • The air quality index is 88.3, and the water quality index is 60.
  • Des Moines has an unemployment rate of 4.80%, with annual job growth of 4.02%. Over the next 10 years, job growth is expected to be 43.31%.
  • Median household income is $44,862.
  • The median home age in Des Moines is 55 years, and the median home price is $103,100.
  • 7.77% of all housing in Des Moines stands vacant.
  • Des Moines has 204 sunny days per year, and 100 days a year with precipitation.
  • Des Moines ranks 86 on the cost of living index, compared to 87 for the State of Iowa, on a national scale of 100.
  • Des Moines has annually on average 527 violent crimes per 100,000 and 4,923 property crimes per 100,000.
  • Des Moines has approximately 500 police officers .
  • Des Moines has 69 public schools and 13 private schools. The student/teacher ratio is 13:1.
  1. Altoona
  • Altoona has a population of 14,563, with a population density of 1,557 people per square mile.
  • 9.352 square miles of Altoona is land, and 0 square miles is water.
  • The median age of an Altoona resident is 33.7 years old. The population is 50.59% female, and 49.41% male.
  • The air quality index is 88.3, and the water quality index is 60.
  • Altoona has an unemployment rate of 4.00%, with annual job growth of 4.03%. Over the next 10 years, job growth is expected to be 44.10%.
  • Median household income is $67,120.
  • The median home age in Altoona is 18 years, and the median home price is $162,700.
  • 3.54% of all housing in Altoona stands vacant.
  • Altoona has 201 sunny days per year, and 91 days a year with precipitation.
  • Altoona ranks 92 on the cost of living index, compared to 87 for the State of Iowa, on a national scale of 100.
  • Altoona has annually on average 162 violent crimes per 100,000 and 3,594 property crimes per 100,000.
  • Altoona has 25 police officers, or 1.7 officers per 1,000 residents.
  • Altoona has 4 public schools and 0 private schools. The student/teacher ratio is 16:1.
  1. Pleasant Hill
  • Pleasant Hill has a population of 8,678, with a population density of 949 people per square mile.
  • 9.148 square miles of Pleasant Hill is land, and 0.14 square miles is water.
  • The median age of a Pleasant Hill resident is 34.8 years old. The population is 52.69% female, and 47.32% male.
  • The air quality index is 88.3, and the water quality index is 61.
  • Pleasant Hill has an unemployment rate of 4.00%, with annual job growth of 4.03%. Over the next 10 years, job growth is expected to be 44.10%.
  • Median household income is $73,990.
  • The median home age in Pleasant Hill is 16 years, and the median home price is $160,800.
  • 5.48% of all housing in Pleasant Hill stands vacant.
  • Pleasant Hill has 203 sunny days per year, and 100 days a year with precipitation.
  • Pleasant Hill ranks 94 on the cost of living index, compared to 87 for the State of Iowa, on a national scale of 100.
  • Pleasant Hill has annually on average 156 violent crimes per 100,000 and 1,797 property crimes per 100,000.
  • Pleasant Hill has 17 police officers, or 1.9 officers per 1,000 residents.
  • Pleasant Hill has 1 public school and 0 private schools. The student/teacher ratio is 16:1.

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