Urbandale Ranked One of the Best Places to Live for Second Year in a Row

Urbandale, IA – Urbandale, Iowa ranked No. 40 on Money’s 2021-2022 “Best Places to Live” list. Money looks at cities and towns across America with populations of at least 25,000 and then narrows the list by collecting and analyzing more than 300,000 different data points. Money considers data about economic factors like cost of living, economic opportunity, diversity, education, amenities, health and safety, housing, and overall quality of life.


“We’ve made the ‘Best Places to Live’ list numerous times,” said Mayor Bob Andeweg. “Year after year, Urbandale continues to rank nationally thanks to our outstanding amenities, amazing schools, and wonderful residents and businesses.”


Urbandale’s population now exceeds 45,000 people and continues to grow steadily upward. Urbandale has been busy this year planning with the Buccaneers hockey team and the City of Des Moines to build a new arena at Merle Hay Mall. The new project will revitalize the area with a mix of housing, a new hotel, and expand entertainment options. The City is also finishing phase one of a natural playscape park in western Urbandale to compliment the 50+ miles of paved trails already in the community.


“Everything we have accomplished this year combines to make Urbandale feel like home,” said Mayor Andeweg. “Money’s ranking is an endorsement of the work of city leaders, businesses, and residents.”







About Urbandale:

Urbandale, Iowa, is an award-winning community of more than 45,600 residents offering a unique combination of location, value, and community engagement to businesses and residents. Urbandale is located in the northwest part of the Des Moines Metro Area at the intersections of Interstate 35, Interstate 80, and Iowa Highway 141. This unique geographic location allows Urbandale businesses and residents convenient access to a coast-to-coast and border-to-border transportation network.

Urbandale is a welcoming and vibrant community with affordable and accessible amenities for residents and businesses. From safe neighborhoods to acres of green space, Urbandale is uniquely positioned as an attractive place to raise a family, grow your business, and enjoy life. The City of Urbandale maintains one of the lowest municipal tax rates in the state, providing excellent services at an exceptional value. Each year hundreds of new residents make Urbandale their home—joining those who already enjoy our community’s extensive park and trail network, short commutes, great career opportunities, and excellent schools.

The City operates under a Council-Manager form of government. The City Manager carries out the policy direction of the Mayor and five City Council members. As a national leader in Character Counts, Urbandale endeavors at all times to promote and model the principles of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship.