Iowa is ranked 30th in the United States in state population at 3.046 million. Not surprisingly, the seven biggest cities in Iowa are each below 250,000 people in this largely rural state in the American Heartland.
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1. Des Moines
The largest Iowa city is Des Moines. At 203,433, the Hawkeye State capital is the only city in Iowa with a population above 200,000, according to the Quad City Times.
Located in the center of the state, Des Moines is the hub of business development in Iowa thanks to business costs below the nationwide average, the city’s website said
, and is also home to Drake University.
2. Cedar Rapids
The second-largest city in Iowa is Cedar Rapids. Situated in eastern Iowa about 100 miles east of Des Moines, Cedar Rapids’ population was 126,326 as of 2010. Cedar Rapids is the No. 1 corn processing city in the world, according to the Cedar Rapids Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The state’s third-largest city, Davenport, is the easternmost of the seven biggest cities in Iowa. Positioned along the Mississippi River, Davenport boasts a population of 99,685, making it the largest of the Quad Cities.
4. Sioux City
On the opposite side of Iowa, Sioux City is the No. 4 city in the state with a population of 82,684. Found on the Iowa-Nebraska border, Sioux City is the focal point for business, industry and tourism for northwest Iowa, northeast Nebraska and southeast South Dakota, according to the city’s website
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Waterloo comes in fifth among the seven biggest cities in Iowa with a population of 68,406. Located about 70 miles north of Cedar Rapids, Waterloo is one of the most affordable communities in Iowa, with a median house or condo value of $99,200, far below the state’s median value of $126,300, City-Data.com said
6. Iowa City
Iowa City is the sixth-largest city in the state. Its population of 67,862 is largely bolstered by the University of Iowa. The state’s flagship university is situated in the heart of Iowa City and has an enrollment of more than 31,000 students, the university website said.
The school’s sizeable student population and its status as one of America’s top public research universities attracts numerous faculty, staff, businesses and commerce to the Iowa City community.
7. Council Bluffs
Council Bluffs is seventh of the seven biggest cities in Iowa with a population of 62,230. Located on the east bank of the Missouri River, Council Bluffs is positioned on the western border of Iowa and Nebraska in southwestern Iowa. The quaint city is on the other side of the river from Omaha, the largest city in Nebraska, the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce said.
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