Using science and data, we can tell you which cities in IA offer the best opportunities for jobs.
If you’re starting to look for a job in Iowa, you’ve come to the right place.
You might think off the top of your head that Des Moines would be an excellent place to find a job. And while it does offer many opportunities, it isn’t the best in the state according to the data.
Here at Zippia, we aim to answer questions like this using cold hard facts and analysis. So we set our sights on determining the best place in Iowa to find a job.
After analyzing all 80 plus places in Iowa, we came up with this list as the best places for jobs in the Hawkeye State:
If you live in one of these cities, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.
But for the rest of you — read on to learn how we calculated this ranking and why these cities rank so high.
Or for more Iowa job information, check out:
In order to properly compare places, we set a minimum population threshold of 5,000 people.
After getting the data for about 160 places in IA, the population requirement cut out list down to 80 places.
We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 80, with one being the best.
We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place For Jobs In Iowa”.
The criteria we looked at were:
The source of the criteria was the Census’s American Community Survey.
If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart.
Otherwise, learn how these cities got to their executive suite status.
Population: 16,246Unemployment Rank: 9
Median Income Rank: 2
Poverty Level Rank: 3
Population: 9,037Unemployment Rank: 7
Median Income Rank: 6
Poverty Level Rank: 2
Population: 15,944Unemployment Rank: 2
Median Income Rank: 5
Poverty Level Rank: 12
Population: 18,874Unemployment Rank: 17
Median Income Rank: 1
Poverty Level Rank: 8
Population: 7,218Unemployment Rank: 1
Median Income Rank: 13
Poverty Level Rank: 14
Population: 14,503Unemployment Rank: 3
Median Income Rank: 10
Poverty Level Rank: 16
Population: 41,157Unemployment Rank: 22
Median Income Rank: 4
Poverty Level Rank: 4
Population: 9,011Unemployment Rank: 13
Median Income Rank: 9
Poverty Level Rank: 10
Population: 9,444Unemployment Rank: 30
Median Income Rank: 3
Poverty Level Rank: 1
Population: 6,130Unemployment Rank: 11
Median Income Rank: 17
Poverty Level Rank: 7
The best places for jobs in Iowa have one major common attribute — they are all close to major sources of jobs. These places use their geographic proximity to big cities and major employers to their advantage.
It also means that the American dream of a house in the burbs is also alive and well when it comes to finding a great place to have a job.
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to find a job Iowa:
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