We analyzed over 80 places in Iowa to determine where it’s all rainbows and sunshine.
There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.
And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Iowa have the biggest smile of them all.
As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Grimes, the happiest place in Iowa.
Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Hawkeye State”:
There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.
So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:
That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.
After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 80 places in Iowa with over 2,000 people.
We then ranked each place from one to 80 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).
Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Iowa”.
Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Iowa ranked. Our apologies to Le Mars which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.
Population: 9,037People Who Own Their Home: 81.5%
Married Adults: 65.5%
Population: 6,130People Who Own Their Home: 76.3%
Married Adults: 56.1%
Population: 15,944People Who Own Their Home: 79.6%
Married Adults: 61.9%
Population: 41,157People Who Own Their Home: 77.8%
Married Adults: 62.4%
Population: 18,874People Who Own Their Home: 75.7%
Married Adults: 63.2%
Population: 16,246People Who Own Their Home: 72.6%
Married Adults: 61.9%
Population: 5,513People Who Own Their Home: 68.6%
Married Adults: 54.6%
Population: 7,218People Who Own Their Home: 72.7%
Married Adults: 52.3%
Population: 34,247People Who Own Their Home: 72.7%
Married Adults: 59.4%
Population: 10,051People Who Own Their Home: 64.8%
Married Adults: 50.4%
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