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And since a person's golden years can be so unpredictable, you should probably not waste another second. Instead, you should take a look below at HomeSnacks' list of the best places to retire in Iowa for 2021. Did we mention that this is our seventh time ranking the best places to retire in the Hawkeye State? So, believe us when we say that the top ten places that made our list are the cream of Iowa's crop.
To determine Iowa's best places to retire, we looked at the latest FBI and Census reports on crime, demographics, affordable housing, distance to closest international airport, and amenities for 29 cities with over 10,000 residents. And, folks, the numbers don't lie.
We discovered that the best places to retire in Iowa are also some of the state's safest. Secondly, many of the top ten have great rates if you choose to rent. And, the ultimate reason to move to one of Iowa's best places to retire, they house some of the nicest people.
If you're already kickin' up your feet in one of Iowa's best places to retire, congrats. If not, take a look at our list below before you make any life changing decisions.
If you ask any Iowan, they will tell you that their corner of corn country is the best. And while they might be right, there are places in Iowa that are better than others if your retirement requirements include safe, affordable neighborhoods, great places to wine and dine, and an airport to bring your family to you.
So, where is the number one, best place to retire in Iowa for 2021? Well, that would be Boone according to the most recent data.
If you want to know where the rest of Iowa's retirement gems are located, take a look at the list below. If you don't find what you are looking for there, head to the bottom.
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The 10 Best Places To Retire In Iowa For 2021
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Hawkeye State for 2021
To create our list of the best places in Iowa to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Hawkeye State -- 1002 cities and towns.
We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 29 places from across the state.
- Low cost of living as measured by rent
- Low crime
- Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
- Nice weather
- Distance to the closest international airport
- Other retirees (High median age)
We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 29, with the lowest number being the best.
Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Boone, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.
Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Iowa Yet...
So there you have it, the best place to retire in Iowa goes to Boone.
If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:
- Council Bluffs
- North Liberty
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