10 Reasons to Move to Iowa!

by Mahogany WaldonMarch 8, 2018

Hello, Iowa?! This Mid-West state is ranked by US News and World Report as the number 1 state to live in as of 2018.
A map of the state of Iowa with icons highlighting educational institutions, sights, shopping, and food and drink.
Iowa has some of the best lifestyle amenities of any state in the US. From an affordable cost of living in most cities, quality healthcare, great school districts and higher educational institutions plus more, Iowa is perfect for millennials and retirees alike to call home. We’ve done some research here at Homes.com and we’ve found that Iowa, as a state, offers a lot of great things for those with their eyes on the Mid-West.


Just a mere 30 miles north of Des Moines is Ames, Iowa. Ames High School is voted #1 in Best Public High Schools in Iowa according to Niche. Ever heard of Grinnell, Iowa? It’s OK, neither have I, but Grinnell is a city that should be on your radar if you’re thinking of moving to Iowa. Grinnell is a small antique city that is home to Grinnell College. Grinnell College is a private liberal arts college that has had over a billion dollars in endowment, surpassing Ivy Leaguers like Yale and Howard with its 20.4% return. Iowa is perfect if you’re a maniac for brainiacs!


Winterset, Eldon, Walcott, Waterloo, McGregor, and West Bend are some pretty interesting Iowa cities. Winterset is the location of the birthplace of America’s favorite TV cowboy, John Wayne. The city also has a museum dedicated to the ‘Duke’, as he was famously nicknamed. If you’re looking for some True Grit, this site will gear you up for a taste of the Wild West!

Eldon, Iowa is home to America’s Gothic House which is inspired by the famous Grant Woods painting. If you’re a fan of art, this gallery and museum should be on your list of places to visit! Another sight to see is Walcott, the location of Iowa 80 and the world’s largest truckstop (considered the Disneyland of truck stops). You also can visit the John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum in Waterloo, Pike’s Peak State Park situated in McGregor and one of the most photographed places in Iowa, and West Bend which holds the record of having the largest man-made grotto in the world. Who’s ready for some sightseeing?!


Des Moines is the capital of Iowa so it’s no wonder that this booming city has great shopping! The Jordan Creek Town Center is a supercenter of retail stores, restaurants, and lifestyle hubs including a 20-screen movie theatre. Des Moines is also home to Park Fair Mall, Southridge Mall, Merle Hay mall, and other smaller shopping centers. Des Moines is a great city to get some retail therapy as well as entertainment.

Food & Drink

Most of us here are self-proclaimed foodies, so if you’re like us, we’re sure this will be your favorite category! Iowa has proven that it’s a pretty cool state thus far, and the adventure doesn’t stop just yet. In fact, Iowa is home to some pretty funky foodie hangouts that are a real treat! The Book Cellar and Coffee Attic in Iowa Falls is an eclectic, hipster hub that functions as an independent coffeehouse that supports local artists. The Ladora Bank Bistro in the City of Ladora is located in the Bank Building that happens to be on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s well-known for its craft beer and delicious, eclectic fare. If you can’t get enough of craft beer and wouldn’t mind a two-hour drive from Ladora, take your chances at visiting Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. in Decorah. It’s named the second-best brewery in the world.

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Thinking of moving? Start looking for your new home in Iowa today!

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About The Author
Mahogany Waldon
Mahogany is a Content Marketing Coordinator for Homes.com. In her spare time, Mahogany enjoys reading, writing poetry, blogging, traveling, and loves a good southern idiom. Mahogany is also a certified Reiki practitioner and enjoys all things supernatural.