These Are The 10 Best Cities In Iowa For Jobs In 2017

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by Chris Kolmar
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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:

  1. Clive
  2. Grimes
  3. Waukee
  4. Johnston
  5. Sioux Center
  6. North Liberty
  7. Urbandale
  8. Pleasant Hill
  9. Norwalk
  10. Orange City

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:

How We Determined The Best Cities In Iowa For Jobs

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:

  • Unemployment rate
  • Median household income
  • Poverty Level

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.

1. Clive

Clive, Iowa

Source: Flickr

Population: 16,246Unemployment Rank: 9
Median Income Rank: 2
Poverty Level Rank: 3

2. Grimes

Grimes, Iowa

Source: Flickr

Population: 9,037Unemployment Rank: 7
Median Income Rank: 6
Poverty Level Rank: 2

3. Waukee

Waukee, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,944Unemployment Rank: 2
Median Income Rank: 5
Poverty Level Rank: 12

4. Johnston

Johnston, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,874Unemployment Rank: 17
Median Income Rank: 1
Poverty Level Rank: 8

5. Sioux Center

Sioux Center, Iowa

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,218Unemployment Rank: 1
Median Income Rank: 13
Poverty Level Rank: 14

6. North Liberty

North Liberty, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,503Unemployment Rank: 3
Median Income Rank: 10
Poverty Level Rank: 16

7. Urbandale

Urbandale, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,157Unemployment Rank: 22
Median Income Rank: 4
Poverty Level Rank: 4

8. Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,011Unemployment Rank: 13
Median Income Rank: 9
Poverty Level Rank: 10

9. Norwalk

Norwalk, Iowa

Source: Flickr

Population: 9,444Unemployment Rank: 30
Median Income Rank: 3
Poverty Level Rank: 1

10. Orange City

Orange City, Iowa

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,130Unemployment Rank: 11
Median Income Rank: 17
Poverty Level Rank: 7

Landing The Right Place For A Job

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:

  1. Red Oak
  2. Keokuk
  3. Ottumwa

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Jobs In Iowa

Rank City Population Unemployment Rank Income Rank Poverty Rank
1 Clive 16,246 9 2 3
2 Grimes 9,037 7 6 2
3 Waukee 15,944 2 5 12
4 Johnston 18,874 17 1 8
5 Sioux Center 7,218 1 13 14
6 North Liberty 14,503 3 10 16
7 Urbandale 41,157 22 4 4
8 Pleasant Hill 9,011 13 9 10
9 Norwalk 9,444 30 3 1
10 Orange City 6,130 11 17 7
11 Ankeny 49,488 19 7 13
12 Bettendorf 34,247 25 8 6
13 Glenwood 5,253 12 14 21
14 West Des Moines 59,815 26 11 15
15 Altoona 15,317 39 12 9
16 Marion 35,809 35 15 11
17 Algona 5,513 5 30 27
18 Coralville 19,677 16 18 31
19 Sheldon 5,047 10 37 19
20 Le Mars 9,783 20 31 17
21 Decorah 8,058 14 29 26
22 Independence 5,955 23 28 23
23 Pella 10,343 33 20 22
24 Carroll 10,051 4 48 29
25 De Witt 5,297 43 19 20
26 Eldridge 5,908 60 21 5
27 Hiawatha 7,109 32 27 28
28 Clear Lake 7,718 18 35 42
29 Waverly 9,998 62 16 18
30 Cedar Rapids 128,009 44 23 35
31 Cherokee 5,203 15 52 39
32 Spencer 11,177 27 50 30
33 Estherville 6,177 42 34 33
34 Nevada 6,794 58 22 32
35 Indianola 15,014 65 26 24
36 Vinton 5,211 55 24 37
37 Harlan 5,047 6 56 59
38 Perry 7,986 28 41 53
39 Washington 7,315 66 33 25
40 Atlantic 6,983 8 72 45
41 Manchester 5,126 36 55 34
42 Storm Lake 10,743 38 51 44
43 Dubuque 58,068 52 36 49
44 Muscatine 23,857 48 49 41
45 Grinnell 9,136 34 46 64
46 Mount Pleasant 8,682 29 40 75
47 Newton 15,139 51 43 50
48 Oelwein 6,321 21 67 57
49 Boone 12,619 50 47 48
50 Marshalltown 27,749 67 32 47
51 Iowa Falls 5,193 71 39 38
52 Webster City 7,905 40 68 40
53 Clarinda 5,490 59 54 36
54 Sioux City 82,719 49 53 52
55 Council Bluffs 62,261 63 45 51
56 Shenandoah 5,079 24 65 71
57 Mason City 27,775 47 59 56
58 Davenport 101,316 61 42 62
59 Denison 8,370 46 44 76
60 Cedar Falls 40,009 64 25 78
61 Iowa City 70,597 31 58 79
62 Des Moines 206,702 69 38 66
63 Knoxville 7,257 56 63 54
64 Creston 7,846 53 66 55
65 Clinton 26,611 57 61 61
66 Fairfield 9,615 41 71 67
67 Charles City 7,562 45 75 60
68 Maquoketa 6,064 37 77 68
69 Fort Madison 10,929 76 60 46
70 Winterset 5,165 78 69 43
71 Ames 61,276 54 57 80
72 Waterloo 68,392 72 64 65
73 Centerville 5,480 68 78 58
74 Anamosa 5,526 79 62 63
75 Burlington 25,559 70 76 69
76 Oskaloosa 11,555 74 70 73
77 Fort Dodge 24,846 77 73 70
78 Ottumwa 24,847 75 74 74
79 Keokuk 10,742 73 80 77
80 Red Oak 5,644 80 79 72

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