These Are The 10 Easiest Cities To Get Laid In Iowa


If you can’t score in these Iowa cities, something is seriously wrong with you.

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There are a number of party hot spots in Iowa.

For example, Oskaloosa, Iowa has been called one of the biggest party towns in the nation. And you can see why. It has a large number of college kids, a very young population, and frankly, there’s a huge bar scene.

But is it the best city to score in? The purpose of this post is to use science and data to determine which places are the easiest you could possibly go in Iowa if you wanted to hook up with someone.

After analyzing 33 of the state’s most populous areas (over 10,000 people), we came up with this list as the 10 easiest places to get laid in the state of Iowa:

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  1. Dubuque (Photos)
  2. Oskaloosa (Photos)
  3. Pella (Photos)
  4. Ames (Photos)
  5. Fort Dodge (Photos)
  6. Cedar Rapids (Photos)
  7. Indianola (Photos)
  8. Davenport (Photos)
  9. Des Moines (Photos)
  10. Ottumwa (Photos)

You might be thinking, ‘Dubuque?!’ Why haven’t I gone there before?

Well if you live in Dubuque, you’re probably already aware of the pure excitement level, based on the criteria we list below. And if you’re not already regularly hooking up there…well, then there’s nothing we can do about that.

That’s your own personal problem.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and see how the places near you fared. We’ve got the complete list of the most populous cities below so you know where to go and where to avoid on your next road trip.

The hardest place to get lucky in Iowa, according to science? That would be Grimes. More on that later.

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How do you decide if a place in the Hawkeye State is easy to get lucky in?

In order to rank the chances where you’re most likely to get laid in Iowa, we had to determine what criteria helps people hook up. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people will get frisky where there are plenty of young singles, areas where people aren’t married and with kids, and in areas with high lots of adult things to do.

So we found databases across the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we crunched the numbers for getting laid

We know we are answering a bar topic with this one, but we still try to be scientific about it. With that in mind we used the most recent 2012-2016 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of Iowa. And we paired it up with data from OpenStreetMap contributors, ODbL 1.0 and colleges from IPEDS.

Can’t really get any better data than that.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Population density
  • % of population that’s female (More females than males)
  • % of unmarried people in each city
  • % of households with kids in each city
  • Colleges per capita
  • Bars per capita

We then gave each city a ‘Chance To Get Laid Score’.

The higher the score, the better the city is for getting lucky. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Iowa, that meant a total of 33 cities.

Read on to see why Dubuque is party central.

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1. Dubuque

Dubuque, Ia

Get Laid Score: 70.5
Population: 58,535
% Female Population: 51.5%
Bars: 6
Colleges: 5
Dubuque /dbjuk/ ( listen) is the county seat of Dubuque County, Iowa, United States, located along the Mississippi River. In 2013, its population was 58,253, making it the tenth-largest city in the state.

2. Oskaloosa

Oskaloosa, Ia

Get Laid Score: 55.6
Population: 11,538
% Female Population: 49.8%
Bars: 5
Colleges: 1
Oskaloosa is a city in and the county seat of Mahaska County, Iowa, United States. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, it was a national center of bituminous coal mining. The population was 11,463 in the 2010 census, an increase from 10,938 in the 2000 census.

3. Pella

Pella, Ia

Get Laid Score: 55.0
Population: 10,280
% Female Population: 52.5%
Bars: 3
Colleges: 1
Pella is a city in Marion County, Iowa, United States, with a population of 10,352 at the time of the 2010 U.S. Census. Founded by immigrants from the Netherlands, it is forty miles southeast of Des Moines. Pella is the home of Central College, as well as several manufacturing companies, including Pella Corporation and Vermeer Manufacturing Company.

4. Ames

Ames, Ia

Get Laid Score: 55.0
Population: 64,073
% Female Population: 47.2%
Bars: 6
Colleges: 1
Ames is a city located in the central part of Story County, Iowa, United States. It is located approximately 30 miles (48 km) north of Des Moines, and had a 2010 population of 58,965. The U.S. Census Bureau designates the Ames metropolitan statistical area as encompassing all of Story County; combined with the Boone, Iowa micropolitan statistical area (Boone County, Iowa), the pair make up the larger Ames-Boone combined statistical area. While Ames is the largest city in Story County, the county seat is in the nearby city of Nevada 8 miles (13 km) east of Ames.

5. Fort Dodge

Fort Dodge, Ia

Get Laid Score: 54.3
Population: 24,626
% Female Population: 48.8%
Bars: 3
Colleges: 1
Fort Dodge is a city in and the county seat of Webster County, Iowa, United States, along the Des Moines River. The population was 25,206 in the 2010 census, an increase from 25,136 in the 2000 census. Fort Dodge is a major commercial center for North Central and Northwest Iowa. It is located on U.S. Routes 20 and 169.

6. Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids, Ia

Get Laid Score: 51.7
Population: 129,537
% Female Population: 51.2%
Bars: 6
Colleges: 4
Cedar Rapids /sidr ræpdz/ is the second largest city in Iowa and is the county seat of Linn County. The city lies on both banks of the Cedar River, 20 miles (32 km) north of Iowa City and 100 miles (160 km) northeast of Des Moines, the state’s capital and largest city. It is a part of the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor of Linn, Benton, Cedar, Jones, Johnson, and Washington counties. Until massive flooding in 2008, the city’s government was headquartered in the Veterans Memorial Building, near the Linn County Courthouse and jail on Mays Island in the Cedar River; Cedar Rapids was one of a few cities in the world, along with Paris, France, with governmental offices on a municipal island.

7. Indianola

Indianola, Ia

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Get Laid Score: 49.7
Population: 15,343
% Female Population: 54.2%
Bars: 3
Colleges: 1
Indianola is a city in Warren County, Iowa, United States, 18 miles south of Des Moines, Iowa. The population was 14,782 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Warren County.

8. Davenport

Davenport, Ia

Get Laid Score: 48.0
Population: 102,305
% Female Population: 50.8%
Bars: 10
Colleges: 3
Davenport is the county seat of Scott County in Iowa and is located along the Mississippi River on the eastern border of the state. It is the largest of the Quad Cities, a metropolitan area with a population estimate of 382,630 and a CSA population of 474,226; it is the 90th largest CSA in the nation. Davenport was founded on May 14, 1836 by Antoine Le Claire and was named for his friend, George Davenport, a colonel who was stationed at nearby Fort Armstrong during the Black Hawk War. According to the 2010 census, the city had a population of 99,685 (making it Iowa’s third-largest city). The city appealed this figure, arguing that the Census Bureau missed a section of residents, and that its total population was more than 100,000. The Census Bureau estimated Davenport’s 2011 population to be 100,802.

9. Des Moines

Des Moines, Ia

Get Laid Score: 47.7
Population: 212,859
% Female Population: 50.8%
Bars: 31
Colleges: 6
Des Moines /dmn/ ( listen) is the capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of Iowa. It is also the county seat of Polk County. A small part of the city extends into Warren County. It was incorporated on September 22, 1851, as Fort Des Moines, which was shortened to ‘Des Moines’ in 1857. It is on and named after the Des Moines River, which likely was adapted from the French colonial name, Rivière des Moines, meaning ‘River of the Monks’. The city’s population was 203,433 as of the 2010 census. The five-county metropolitan area is ranked 89th in terms of population in the United States with 634,725 residents according to the 2016 estimate by the United States Census Bureau.

10. Ottumwa

Ottumwa, Ia

Get Laid Score: 44.4
Population: 24,709
% Female Population: 51.3%
Bars: 3
Colleges: 1
Ottumwa (/tmw/ -TUM-w) is a city in and the county seat of Wapello County, Iowa, United States. The population was 25,023 at the 2010 census. Located in southeastern Iowa, the city is split into northern and southern halves by the Des Moines River.

There You Have It – The Best Cities for Getting Some in Iowa

If you’re looking at cities in Iowa where it’s easy to get laid because the population is young, single and ready to party, this is an accurate list.

Who ever said science is a bore?

If you’re also curious enough, here are the hardest places to get laid in Iowa, according to science:

  1. Grimes
  2. Waukee
  3. Johnston

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Getting Laid In Iowa

City Rank Population Percent Female Bars
Dubuque, IA 1 58,535 51.5% 6
Oskaloosa, IA 2 11,538 49.8% 5
Pella, IA 3 10,280 52.5% 3
Ames, IA 4 64,073 47.2% 6
Fort Dodge, IA 5 24,626 48.8% 3
Cedar Rapids, IA 6 129,537 51.2% 6
Indianola, IA 7 15,343 54.2% 3
Davenport, IA 8 102,305 50.8% 10
Des Moines, IA 9 212,859 50.8% 31
Ottumwa, IA 10 24,709 51.3% 3
Waverly, IA 11 10,049 50.0% 3
Waterloo, IA 12 68,357 50.7% 3
Storm Lake, IA 13 10,768 48.3% 3
Council Bluffs, IA 14 62,326 50.8% 10
Boone, IA 15 12,609 52.5% 3
Burlington, IA 16 25,492 51.2% 3
Ankeny, IA 17 53,413 50.8% 10
Clinton, IA 18 26,148 52.4% 4
North Liberty, IA 19 16,984 51.5% 3
Marshalltown, IA 20 27,637 50.5% 3
Newton, IA 21 15,090 51.0% 3
Muscatine, IA 22 23,909 52.1% 4
Altoona, IA 23 16,692 52.9% 4
West Des Moines, IA 24 61,624 50.9% 19
Fort Madison, IA 25 10,769 48.5% 3
Spencer, IA 26 11,172 51.9% 4
Clive, IA 27 17,022 51.6% 17
Coralville, IA 28 20,078 48.7% 4
Bettendorf, IA 29 35,048 51.2% 3
Keokuk, IA 30 10,628 49.4% 3
Johnston, IA 31 19,491 52.3% 4
Waukee, IA 32 16,955 51.7% 6
Grimes, IA 33 10,422 52.8% 4

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