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When most people think of Iowa, “excitement” isn’t usually the first thing that come to mind. Corn, sure. Flat land, absolutely. But a place that you’re itching to pack up and visit for Spring Break? Not so much.

Luckily, here at the Movoto Real Estate Blog we love to challenge, well, most anything. We’ve proved that suburbs can be sexy, that California is kind of a total snob, and today, we’re going to show you that yes, Iowa can in fact be exciting.

Which place was the most exciting of them all? But before you book you start making your Spring Break plans for next year, there were plenty of other contenders. Here are the 10 most exciting places in Iowa:

Most Exciting Places In Iowa1. Iowa City
2. City of Ames
3. City of Dubuque
4. City of Des Moines
5. City of Burlington
6. City of Cedar Rapids
7. City of West Des Moines (tie)
7. City of Cedar Falls (tie)
9. City of Davenport (tie)
9. City of Fort Dodge (tie)

Iowa City, home of UI, nightlife, and, of course, some of the best darn falafels your mouth will ever encounter†well, this city may not come as much of a surprise. But what about the others on our list? Keep reading to find out how we came up with this order, and just what makes each place so exciting, pita aside.

How We Created This Ranking

Most Exciting Places In IowaWe started our list by gathering up all of the places in Iowa with populations of 25, 000 people or more, which left us with 21 places. We then used business listings and the 2010 Census to research each place for the following criteria:

  • Nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy, etc.)
  • Live music venues per capita
  • Active life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities, etc.)
  • Arts and Entertainment per capita (movie theaters, festivals, galleries, theaters, etc.)
  • Fast Food restaurants per capita (the fewer the better)
  • Percentage of restaurants that are not fast food (the higher the better)
  • Percentage of young residents ages 18 to 34 (the higher the better)
  • Population density (the higher the better)

Most Exciting Places In IowaIf you want to see a complete list of the 21 places we looked at, just head on down to the bottom of the post. Otherwise, we’ll take a closer look at each of our winners in the following paragraphs.

1. Iowa City

Source: City of Iowa City

As briefly hinted at in the introduction, this city is†awesome.

Iowa City has more live music, more arts, and more restaurants than anywhere else in the state per capita. It’s also the most densely populated city on our list, so you’re bound to run into somebody exciting while you’re out, and it even has the second most young people in the state, with 49.94 percent of residents being between the ages of 18 and 34.

Not only does its extensive list of restaurants include Oasis Falafel, but it also includes La Michoacana Taqueria, home of some really smokin’ Mexican food†in the middle of Iowa. Viva Iowa City!

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