The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Iowa For 2021

We used science and data to determine which cities in Iowa have the best set up for singles: no kids, no old people, and a lot to do.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best cities for singles in Iowa.

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Are you trying to find love in Iowa?

Or are you just looking to hook up?

Either way, we've got you covered here. At least, we'll point you in the right direction - which is why you came here in the first place, right?

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who have remained single (not married) is growing. That means, people are dating a lot longer than they used to.

There are many reasons for that, including financial and cultural. And, we suspect smartphones and social media has a lot to do with it, too. After all, we're all a lot more distracted these days.

If you live in Iowa, there's a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Hawkeye State ranks in the top 10 when it comes to number of people over the age of 18 who aren't married, or in a serious relationship. That's great news for people looking for their match.

So, where are the best cities for singles in Iowa? We've got the answers here.

So, what was the best city for singles in Iowa? Des Moines ranks as the best place for singles in Iowa if you care about things singles care about like night life, affordable housing, and other singles.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each city ranked. If you live in or really close to one of these cities, and you're single, you should probably get out more often. And stop staring at your phone. Just sayin'.

The most boring place in Iowa? That would be Johnston.

And after you find a mate, you'll no doubt want to start a family and buy a home right? Don't forget to check out the best places to live in Iowa or the safest places to live in Iowa.

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The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Iowa For 2021

Des Moines, IA

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Population: 215,636
Median Age: 34.2
Married households: 23.0%
Households with kids: 30.6%
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Ames, IA

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Population: 66,023
Median Age: 23.3
Married households: 15.0%
Households with kids: 17.4%
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Davenport, IA

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Population: 102,169
Median Age: 36.7
Married households: 22.0%
Households with kids: 27.2%
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Storm Lake, IA

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Population: 10,558
Median Age: 30.2
Married households: 14.0%
Households with kids: 39.4%
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Cedar Rapids, IA

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Population: 132,301
Median Age: 36.3
Married households: 28.0%
Households with kids: 28.9%
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Coralville, IA

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Population: 21,103
Median Age: 32.0
Married households: 17.0%
Households with kids: 28.5%
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Council Bluffs, IA

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Population: 62,355
Median Age: 38.4
Married households: 21.0%
Households with kids: 28.7%
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Cedar Falls, IA

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Population: 40,983
Median Age: 27.2
Married households: 27.0%
Households with kids: 25.0%
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Fairfield, IA

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Population: 10,290
Median Age: 40.7
Married households: 14.0%
Households with kids: 23.4%
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Oskaloosa, IA

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Population: 11,511
Median Age: 35.0
Married households: 32.0%
Households with kids: 30.8%
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How do you determine which city is best for singles in Iowa anyways?

To give you the places in Iowa which are best for singles to find one another, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what single people like.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the Hawkeye State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the 2015-2019 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of Iowa, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Population density
  • % of population that's male vs. female (closer to a 50-50 ratio is better)
  • % of households with kids
  • Median age
  • Number of unmarried people in each city

We then gave each city a Singles Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for singles to find one another. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Iowa, that meant a total of 38 cities. You can download the data here.

Read on to see why Des Moines is the talk of the town while Johnston is probably a bit on the boring side.

There You Have It - The Best Cities for Singles in Iowa for 2021

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in Iowa ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for finding a single person (and potentially love), this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the most boring cities in Iowa according to the data:

  1. Johnston
  2. Spencer
  3. Waukee

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Iowa

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Des Moines, IA 215,636 34.2
2 Ames, IA 66,023 23.3
3 Davenport, IA 102,169 36.7
4 Storm Lake, IA 10,558 30.2
5 Cedar Rapids, IA 132,301 36.3
6 Coralville, IA 21,103 32.0
7 Council Bluffs, IA 62,355 38.4
8 Cedar Falls, IA 40,983 27.2
9 Fairfield, IA 10,290 40.7
10 Oskaloosa, IA 11,511 35.0
11 Ottumwa, IA 24,545 37.3
12 Fort Dodge, IA 24,278 36.3
13 West Des Moines, IA 65,606 36.7
14 Dubuque, IA 58,196 37.3
15 Pella, IA 10,231 35.1
16 Ankeny, IA 61,938 32.4
17 Marshalltown, IA 27,053 36.7
18 Waterloo, IA 67,912 36.8
19 Burlington, IA 24,974 42.5
20 Marion, IA 39,328 38.7
21 Bettendorf, IA 35,919 40.1
22 Newton, IA 15,164 42.4
23 Urbandale, IA 43,441 38.3
24 North Liberty, IA 18,829 30.6
25 Muscatine, IA 23,774 36.1
26 Clive, IA 17,167 39.5
27 Waverly, IA 10,094 36.9
28 Boone, IA 12,487 39.2
29 Altoona, IA 18,458 35.5
30 Fort Madison, IA 10,513 42.5
31 Norwalk, IA 10,978 35.6
32 Clinton, IA 25,416 40.9
33 Keokuk, IA 10,324 39.0
34 Indianola, IA 15,802 35.4
35 Grimes, IA 12,839 34.1
36 Waukee, IA 20,785 33.2
37 Spencer, IA 11,052 43.5
38 Johnston, IA 21,406 40.1

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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