Iowa – Retirement Guide

Iowa   Retirement Guide

Top Retirement Cities in Iowa: 


Ietirees seeking a tight-knit community of neighbors and friends would do well to settle in Iowa, where the Midwestern sensibility means friendly folks all around. The good-natured locals in America’s heartland help make newly relocated retirees feel welcome.

Much of the state — more than 80% — is farmland, which can be a blessing or a curse, depending on the nature and interests of retirees. Many folks are pleased with the small-town feel across Iowa, while people seeking more urban locales might not be as satisfied here.

Still, besides farmland, the state is home to numerous lakes, as well as hills, both of which offer retirees opportunities for boating, fishing, bicycling and hiking.

While some small towns in Iowa might feel remote, the state does boast a low cost of living compared to the national average, and an extremely low unemployment rate. That said, it’s important to also note that the top state income tax is nearly 9%.

Pros: Enormous stretches of farmland, friendly locals, low cost of living
Con: High top state income tax rate

At a Glance:
Best For: Farm lovers
Population: 3,074,186
Cost of Living: 11% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $183,600
Unemployment: 5%
Top State Income Tax: 8.98%

Top Retirement Cities in Iowa:  Ames

Photo by  cwwycoff1 via Flickr. All statistics were up to date as of publication. See these sources for the most current data.