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View Poll Results: Which is your top Iowa city of the Top 5 Largest Iowa Cities?
Des Moines 106 50.24%
Sioux City 19 9.00%
Cedar Rapids 31 14.69%
Davenport 44 20.85%
Waterloo 11 5.21%
Voters: 211. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-12-2010, 07:47 PM
 
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my husband got a job in amana iowa.. however they say its a very small town. i have never been to iowa and we will relocate... my kids are all a honor roll students and im wanting a safe okay place. where would you recommend. u know more family communities, less crime.. etc.
I think you will find Amana quite charming and you are not far from larger cities like Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. Lot of options for places to live and good schools.

Jasper
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:28 PM
 
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Of the 5 Largest cities in Iowa, which city do you like the best?

1) Des Moines, 2) Cedar Rapids 3) Davenport 4) Sioux City 5) Waterloo

Personally my rank would be 1) Sioux City 2) Des Moines 3) Cedar Rapids 4) Davenport 5) Waterloo.

Sioux City barely edges out Des Moines given the recent additions of sorely needed big box stores to the region. WIth a metro population of close to 150,000, Sioux City is located in the Loess Hills on the Missouri River and at the junction of 3 states. It is one of a few Iowa Cities to offer commercial air service. It's proximity to both Sioux Falls, SD and Omaha, NE makes this Iowa City very well located. Omaha has close to 1 million people. Sioux Falls has over 200,000. The I-29 Cooridor places Sioux City within 2 hrs of those two cities, and 4 hours of Kansas City, MO. It's also 4 hrs. from Minneapolis/St. Paul

Sioux City is also one of Iowa's more diverse cities. Boasting large Hispanic, Native American, and Asian populations, the city has more Hispanic and Asian markets per capita than its population would suggest. This is more so than the eastern Iowa cities of Davenport, Waterloo, and Cedar Rapids. Only Iowa City would trump Sioux City in this category and of course Des Moines.

The region boats many recreational activities due to its location on America's longest river, the Missiouri River. Many lakes have been spun off of the Missouri offering beautiful lush scenery. The Loess Hills, made up of the famous yellow soil that can only be found in Siouxland and in China offers many scenic viewpoints of the 3 states (SD, NE, and IA).

Sioux City boats a relatively new 10,000 Seat Arena, the renovated Orpheum Theater, one of only a few left in the country, the Lewis and Clark Museum, and Riverboat gambling.

The runner up, Des Moines, I do feel is Iowa's only true city, be it small. It does offer big city amenities with small town charm. It is also home to Iowa's largest commercial airport offering Iowa its only non-stop to New York on American (Eagle). It is the cultural center of Iowa. It boasts Iowa's largest mall with many big city names that cannot be found in most normal Iowa malls. Its restaurant selection by far is the most diverse of the top 5.
Des Moines is also the 3rd largest insurance center behind London and Hartford in the world. It's done a great job at working with its suburbs to create a nice regional MSA. It continues to compete heavily with Omaha, and probably is not quite at Omaha's level for comparison, but it's definitely holding its own to cities of comparable size such as Boise, ID MSA.

We'll see what everyone else thinks.

Rearrange sioux city and waterloo,waterloo has over 160,000 metro.
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:31 PM
 
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Cedar Rapids and Iowa City combined are the best....since they're so close together. I just moved to Cedar Rapids 2 years ago and love it. Love going to Iowa City too. I'm a recent college graduate of UNI and like the fact that CR is in between UI and UNI, perfect for me. My hometown of Mt. Pleasant is also on the same highway so its an easy drive all around. Des Moines is great too, but I never make it out there because most of the people I know live in the eastern part of the state. Waterloo...by far the worst of the large cities. After living in the Cedar Falls/Waterloo metro area I can safely say that the loo is in terrible shape. Sioux City isn't near anywhere I want to be so that's why I don't take it into consideration, same with Council Bluffs. Davenport and Dubuque I don't mind either. But by far, Cedar Rapids is my favorite, along with Iowa City.
waterloo is my favorite because it do not have that iowa feel to it.
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:36 PM
 
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Technically, this poll's outdated now that Iowa City is the 5th largest city in the state.
iowa city better have over 160,000.metro.O i forgot iowa city summer population 30.000 .
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Old 05-12-2010, 11:08 PM
 
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1.)Dubuque- on the river, ranked a 2007 all- american city, ranked 22nd in the nation for job growth, tons of riverfront development, the casino is tripling it's size, and tons of high-tech industries have chosen Dubuque for their headquarters. There are tens of subdivisions west of Dubuque, where there are still hills, primarily in Asbury, Epworth, and Peosta. Peosta and Asbury especially. Each of their populations have 3X their populations since 1990.

2.)Iowa City

3.) Des Moines

4.) Ames

5.)Des Moines suburbs
Iowa city, please,watch a hawkeye football game and it will tell you all you need to know about iowa city,a water-tower, cornfields and hogs,if their was something in iowa city they would show it during football games,trust me.
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Old 05-13-2010, 08:52 AM
 
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^ what's with this insecurity about Iowa City!? Calm Down!
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Old 05-13-2010, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Chariton, Iowa
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iowa city better have over 160,000.metro.O i forgot iowa city summer population 30.000 .
Look. Waterloo's been losing population for years and Iowa City's been gaining. The 2008 Census estimate shows that Iowa City (the city, not the metro) has more people than Waterloo (the city, not the metro). It's fact. Look it up.

If you have some problem with counting college students, take it up with the Census Bureau.

Also, your shtick of bashing Iowa City for no reason in every single thread is getting really old.
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Old 05-13-2010, 02:28 PM
 
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Look. Waterloo's been losing population for years and Iowa City's been gaining. The 2008 Census estimate shows that Iowa City (the city, not the metro) has more people than Waterloo (the city, not the metro). It's fact. Look it up.

If you have some problem with counting college students, take it up with the Census Bureau.

Also, your shtick of bashing Iowa City for no reason in every single thread is getting really old.
Now you don't want to count the metro.2008 census (waterloo 66.000) (iowa town 62.000)we lose population and will always be bigger than iowa town.I have nothing against iowa town,but you way over blowing it up.catch up to sioux city 150.000 before you see us in the h20,160.000.
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Old 05-13-2010, 03:51 PM
 
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^ what's with this insecurity about Iowa City!? Calm Down!
I do not have any insecurities about iowa town,but i do hate a lie.Iowa town do not rank within the projected 2010 population of 250 u.s. cities by bizjournals.waterloo is all up in there at (148)down from (143)We can lose population and still have iowa town covered.
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Old 05-13-2010, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Chariton, Iowa
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Now you don't want to count the metro.2008 census (waterloo 66.000) (iowa town 62.000)we lose population and will always be bigger than iowa town.I have nothing against iowa town,but you way over blowing it up.catch up to sioux city 150.000 before you see us in the h20,160.000.

http://data.iowadatacenter.org/datatables/PlacesAll/plestpopranking20002008.pdf


Here's the real 2008 census estimates. Iowa City is bigger than Waterloo.

Also, from 2000-2009 the Waterloo-Cedar Falls metro area grew by .7%. The Iowa City-Coralville metro area grew by 15%. I'm not "way over blowing it up".

Population Estimates (http://www.census.gov/popest/metro/CBSA-est2009-pop-chg.html - broken link)
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