Cities and Towns

State of Iowa

Iowa, abbreviated "IA", is in the West North Central region of the U.S. Its capital is Des Moines. There were 3,093,526 people in Iowa as per 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics, BLS.gov. The state ratified the US Constitution and officially became part of the country on December 28, 1846.

Please explore the cities and towns of Iowa, below.

Top Iowa College Towns

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, 2014 (nces.ed.gov/ipeds).

1 Des Moines 10 10,038
2 Cedar Rapids 8 18,357
3 Davenport 7 59,612
4 Dubuque 6 5,397
5 Sioux City 5 10,370
6 Mason City 3 3,277
7 Waterloo 3 6,015
8 Cedar Falls 3 12,370
9 Iowa City 3 30,942
10 Marshalltown 2 1,939
11 Storm Lake 2 2,337
12 Ottumwa 2 4,796
13 Fort Dodge 2 5,681
14 Council Bluffs 2 6,519
15 Ankeny 2 22,567
16 Ames 2 35,824
17 Kalona 1 0
18 Cresco 1 7
19 Spirit Lake 1 11
20 Mt. Pleasant 1 26

Largest Iowa Cities and Towns

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Ackley 1,706
Ackworth 40
Adair 854
Adel 4,055
Afton 970
Agency 655
Ainsworth 568
Akron 1,454
Albert City 631
Albia 3,799
Albion 468
Alburnett 607
Alden 803
Alexander 157
Algona 5,494
Alleman 524
Allerton 536
Allison 1,160
Alta 2,056
Alta Vista 288

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Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.


Total Population 3,093,526
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 15.5%
Employed Population 16+ 1,546,601
Age of the Population 38.1


% of people married 52.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.7%
Median Earnings25+ $35,730
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,305
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,615


Median Family Income $67,466
% Above Poverty Level 87.5%
% Below Poverty Level 12.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%


People Living Alone 28.9%
Median Gross Rent $697
Median House Value $129,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 15.8%
US/American 0%
English 8.5%
Irish 13.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Notable Places

Effigy Mounds (Monument/Memorial)
151 HWY 76
Harpers Ferry, Iowa 52146-7519

Herbert Hoover (Historic Site)
110 Parkside Drive
West Branch, Iowa 52358-0607

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