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  1. #5 Best Places to Live in Iowa.

    Bettendorf

    Suburb of Davenport, IA,

    73 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says I have lived in the city of Bettendorf for 13 years now, and I believe it's one of the safest cities in the area. Everyone in my neighborhood is very The city does a great job at quick renovations.....

    Read 73 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 35,919,

  2. #6 Best Places to Live in Iowa.

    Mount Vernon

    Town in Iowa,

    18 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says My partners and I just moved to Mount Vernon a few months ago (as of my typing this), and it has turned out to be a real dream town! The combination of small town and college town vibes are perfectly....

    Read 18 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Population: 4,451,

  3. #10 Best Places to Live in Iowa.

    Ames

    Town in Iowa,

    355 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says Ames at its heart is a college town, and as such everything that comes with that applies just as much to Ames. The night life is lively, and whenever the University is on break, the city becomes very...I do feel the food you can find around town is quite varied, with many different excellent restaurants from small Chinese take out to Ames staples like Aunt Maude's.There are a number of schools in town, but I do wonder how raising a family in Ames would be like. Housing is fairly affordable, but given the college environment it may not be as friendly to...One thing Ames excels at is public transportation. The busing system can get you anywhere, and it is active fairly early to fairly late at night.At the end of the day Ames is a college town, and as a college student that fits me perfectly, but I can understand if other have issues with that..

    Read 355 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 66,023,

  4. #13 Best Places to Live in Iowa.

    Urbandale

    Suburb of Des Moines, IA,

    104 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Current Resident says I enjoy living in Urbandale as it is included in the Des Moines Metro area while also having the rare ability of incorporating the country into it. Well connected to the rest of the city via....

    Read 104 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Population: 43,441,