Iowa is truly one of the most underrated states. We have so much to offer including culture, opportunity, a low cost of living and so much more. Here are 10 reasons why living in Iowa is the best, and why everyone should move here.
1. We have a low cost of living
Our cost of living is much lower than average. It's around 10 percent below the national average in Des Moines, and much lower in smaller towns. Also, in 2010, Forbes named Davenport/Bettendorf the most affordable metropolitan area in the nation.
2. We have cheap housing
According to Trulia.com, the average listing price for a single-family home in Iowa is $174,101, higher only than the average listing price in Ohio. That means Iowa has the second cheapest housing in the nation.
3. We have great education
At 99%, Iowa has the highest literacy rate in the country, and at 90%, we have the highest graduation rate. Iowa also consistently ranks top in the nation for SAT and ACT test scores.
4. Our state is very safe
With a low overall crime rate and second lowest murder rate, Iowa is the sixth safest place to live, according to Movoto.com.
5. You can have a taste of all four seasons
In Iowa, you will never be bored with the endless summer heat because we have four seasons and each one is more beautiful than the last.
6. We don't have to deal with traffic
One of the best things about Iowa is that there isn't a lot of traffic. There are almost never traffic jams, especially if you live in a small town or suburb.
7. Our state is a great place to retire
You wont have to move to retire, as Iowa was ranked the second-best place to retire, after Hawaii, by MoneyRates.com.
8. We have fields of opportunities
Here in Iowa, we have so much to offer: good jobs, peaceful, low-crime communities, a low cost of living and so much more. With all these fields of opportunities, why wouldn't you want to harvest them?
9. Our state is home to the wealthiest city in the country
We have a pretty awesome state capitol. In 2014, the Today Show named Des Moines the ‘wealthiest’ city, and it's known as a fast-growing hub, full of a unique culture that's all its own.
10. Iowans make great neighbors
If you're not convinced yet, let me share a tip with you: Iowans make the best neighbors. And why wouldn't we? We're the nicest people you will ever meet.
As much flack as we get from other states, we Iowans can laugh to ourselves because we know we’re the ones living the good life. No matter what they say, there’s no place I’d rather call home.