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5 Best Places in Iowa For Families to Move

Sometimes planning a residential move means you’re looking for an entirely different city. If you’re like the average American, you’re looking for the perfect place to raise your family and you have specific criteria.

  • A safe city
  • Affordable housing
  • Stimulating culture
  • Fun activities

Finding the perfect city for your family can be tricky. After all, you’re moving there not just visiting. So is this perfection attainable? Maybe the “perfect city” in America doesn’t exist but we’ll help you get as close as we can.

Work with a Professional Mover

Before you get settled into your new home, you have to pack up and move your current household. At White Glove Movers, we specialize in residential packing and moving services. Whether you’re making a short or long distance move, our experienced team will help you in the most efficient way possible.

Now, let’s talk about some amazing Iowa communities!


Population: 10,280

Closest Major City: Des Moines

Pella is a city located in Marion County, Iowa. At the time of the 2010 U.S. census, it had a population of 10,352. The city was founded by immigrants from the Netherlands and is forty miles southeast of the state’s capital.

The city is home to many noteworthy locations and attractions including:

  • Central College
  • Pella Corporation
  • Vermeer Manufacturing Company
  • The tallest working grain windmill in the U.S.
  • Lake Red Rock


Population: 17,022

Closest Major City: Des Moines

Located in Polk and Dallas counties, Clive had a population of 15,447 at the time of the 2010 U.S. census. The city is best known for its Greenbelt Park and trail system that runs throughout the entire community.

As part of the Des Moines-West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area, Clive is the central location between the Des Moines suburbs, Urbandale, Waukee, and West Des Moines.

The city runs along major thoroughfares including I-35, I-80, and I-235.

You’ll find many fun things to do and enjoy in Clive including:

  • One-of-a-kind restaurants
  • Local beer
  • Locally grown foods


Population: 19,491

Closest Major City: Des Moines

The City of Johnston is located in Polk County, Iowa and had a population of 17,278 at the time of the 2010 census. Prior to that, the city’s population was significantly lower (8,649) and it had an increase of 100% at the time of the 2010 census.

Considered part of the Des Moines-West Des Moines Metropolitan Statistical Area, Johnston is a fabulous place for families to raise children.

Enjoy many Johnston staples including:

  • Miles of recreational trails
  • Trostel’s Greenbriar restaurant
  • Jethro’s BBQ n’ Pork Chop Grill
  • Iowa Gold Star Military Museum



Population: 11,538

Closest Major City: Des Moines

Found in Mahaska County, Oskaloosa gives off a comfy small town vibe. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, it was a thriving center of bituminous coal mining. The population increased from 10,938 to 11,463 in the 2010 census.

Annual events and fun activities include:

  • The Skunk River Art Festival
  • Sweet Corn Serenade
  • The Lighted Christmas Parade
  • Nelson Pioneer Farm (learn about agricultural history)
  • Camping at Lake Keomah
  • Three public golf courses
  • 14-mile recreational trail
  • One of the best disc golf courses in the state


Population: 15,343

Closest Major City: Des Moines

Part of Warren County, Indianola is 18 miles south of Iowa’s capital. Here you will enjoy a charming community for all ages. Enjoy the following activities:

  • Hot air ballooning at the National Balloon Classic
  • Local wineries
  • Simpson College
  • The Des Moines Metro Opera

Plan Your Upcoming Move

White Glove Movers has been helping families in Iowa communities with their moving needs since 2004. We specialize in quality packing, moving, and unloading services. Our team knows how to handle all of your belongings with care, in fact, that’s how we got our name! Give us a call today to discuss the details of your move and we’ll be happy to schedule an estimate with you.

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