According to Iowa Demographics, Iowa is home to 1,023 cities, 99 counties, and about 3.2 million people. No matter the size or population of each city, every single one of them has something interesting or unique about it.

Your city might be the hometown of someone who's gone on to do amazing things, it might have a really cool piece of history attached to it, it might have the world's largest truck stop, or it might be home to the world's largest frying pan.

The things that make each city unique can be reasons Iowans love to brag about where they're from. There are 7 cities in Iowa that can now brag about being called the most charming in the entire state. At least during the year 2023.


World Atlas put together a list of the 7 most charming cities in the Hawkeye state. Did your city make the list this year? These are in no particular order.

  • Cedar Rapids
  • Ames
  • Council Bluffs
  • Ankeny
  • Dubuque
  • Iowa City
  • Waterloo

In articles like the one put together by World Atlas, that rank cities in Iowa by best, charming, affordable, or fun, I feel like we constantly see the same cities year after year. Waterloo has finally been shown some love!

According to World Atlas, "Waterloo offers a unique blend of outdoor recreation, cultural attractions, and historical sites, making it an ideal vacation destination. Visitors can explore the Cedar River, which runs through the city, by kayaking, canoeing, or fishing. The Lost Island Waterpark is a great spot to cool off during the summer."

Not only that but Waterloo is also home to the John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum, a must-see for anyone visiting the town of Waterloo.

For those seeking a bit of thrill and adventure, the Lost Island Theme Park is a fantastic way to spend a day riding rides, and having fun with the family.

The Phelps Youth Pavilion places an emphasis on art, culture, and fun for children.

For visitors who want to take in a hockey game, the Waterloo Black Hawks are always fun to watch.

The list of fun and/or interesting things to do in Waterloo could go on and on. I just thought it was pretty cool for the city of Waterloo to be included.

According to KCRG, World Atlas "specializes in geography and travel-related topics. These cities were chosen for their cultural attractions, outdoor opportunities, historical sites, and student life."

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