What Are Some of the Most Populated Towns in Iowa?


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The most populated cities in Iowa are Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Sioux City and Waterloo, followed by Iowa City, Council Bluffs, Ames, Dubuque and West Des Moines. Des Moines also serves as the state capital.

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The Iowa State Fair is held every year in Des Moines, featuring farm animal shows, baking contests, rides, games and a full-size butter sculpture of a cow. Des Moines is also home to the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park at Des Moines Art Center, an indoor and outdoor exhibit of modern art. The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque is considered to be a must-see attraction for travelers. The most museum-laden town of Iowa, however, is Waterloo, which is home to the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, the Bluedorn Science Imaginarium and the Rensselaer Russel House Museum.

Some of the most populated cities in Iowa are also some of the most unsafe in the state. Council Bluffs is statistically the most unsafe city in Iowa. Also ranking in the most unsafe cities list are Waterloo, Des Moines and Davenport. The statistics for ranking are based on a crime-to-population ratio. None of Iowa's largest cities are on the list of top 10 safest cities in the state.

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