You've seen these lists before: Best places to live in Iowa, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Hawkeye State and no one pays attention to the little guy.
Well, that's all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Iowa based on numbers--not opinions or hearsay.
We'll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Iowa ranked the based--you know, based on science.
Before we get to the top 15, here's a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Iowa for 2021.
What's the best small town in Iowa? Mount Vernon is the best small town in Iowa based on the most recent Census data. If you live in one of these small towns like Mount Vernon, chances are, you're not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.
But for the rest of you--keep reading and we'll get to just why these small towns made our list.
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How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Iowa
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census's 2015-2019 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:
We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot - 210 to be exact.
We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 210, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Iowa. Top of that list -- Mount Vernon. You can download the data here.
Keep reading to find out more about our top 15 best small towns in Iowa.
Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones
We said it once and we'll say it again -- this list: it's just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 15 small towns in Iowa are the best, in which to live.
And who can argue with that?
If you're curious, here are the worst small towns in Iowa: