Municipal Equality Scores for Cities In Iowa
Dubuque, Iowa City, West Des Moines all score 100/100.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has issued its 2021 Municipal Equality Index (MEI), a ranking of municipalities across the country based on the inclusiveness of their laws, policies, and services for LGBTQ+ residents. Dubuque, Iowa City and West Des Moines each earned perfect scores of 100 out of 100 possible points. The national city average score is 67 points.
The HRC has issued the annual Municipal Equality Index, ranking cities on a scale from zero to 100 based on 44 criteria covering non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement, and the City leadership’s public position on equality.
2021 scores for cities in Iowa:
- Ames – 94
- Cedar Rapids – 97
- Davenport – 98
- Des Moines – 96
- Dubuque – 100
- Iowa City – 100
- Sioux City – 79
- Waterloo – 71
- West Des Moines – 100
The full report, including detailed scorecards for every city, as well as a searchable database, is available online at hrc.org/mei.