How do I like living in Iowa? I love it! I’m sure my friends in Florida don’t understand but it’s true. Des Moines is a great place to work, live and play. Unless you’re a workaholic (ahem) you should be able to live a nice balanced life here. Have a good job with time to enjoy your life.
Just this year, Iowa and Des Moines have ranked high (or even top!) on several national lists and surveys.
#5 “Best US States for Young Adults"
Let’s start with Iowa. According to the most recent study from Moneyrates, Iowa is the 5th best US state for young adults. The study consists of 8 criteria that matters to young people and those are: youth unemployment, demographics, college costs, rental availability, rental costs, high-speed Internet, nightlife, and fitness facilities. So for all the budding young professionals, you may want to try and start your career in Iowa.And, when you’re tired of renting, give me a call.
#12 "Best States for Business"
12th best state according to Forbes. With a low start up cost for business and low unemployment rate, it’s no wonder why Iowa is one of the best states for business. Iowa has expanded on a wide range of industries including manufacturing, food processing, financial services and biotechnology – and not just agriculture anymore.
#15 “America's Most Productive Metros”
Des Moines is top 15 out of the 20 most productive metros with a Real GDP Per Capita of $61,777. Check out this article from The Atlantic Cities.
Three Best Cities to Start a Business
Are you wondering why Forbes included Des Moines as one of the best cities for entrepreneurs? Well according to them, the business costs are 17% lower than the national average (meaning you’ll need less capital to start) and that Des Moines has the highest concentration of financial services in the US.
#1 "Best Places for Business and Careers"
Des Moines sure is amazing! Wells Fargo and Principal Financial will be expanding in Des Moines. And say hello to the tech giants, Facebook and Microsoft as well! Check out my previous blog to read more on this ranking from Forbes.
#2 "Strongest Local Economy"
And here’s the list from Policom’s annual analysis of the nation’s economies. Des Moines’ economy is growing – no doubt about it.
2013 Ten Strongest Metropolitan Areas:
1 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
2 Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
3 Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN
4 Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX
5 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
6 Madison, WI
7 San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
8 Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX
9 Sioux Falls, SD
10 Kansas City, MO-KS
#3 "Top 15 U.S. Cities' Emerging Downtowns"
Forbes just loves Des Moines! (This seems like a no brainer, right?) Des Moines is constantly growing as the most populous city in Iowa. The local population is around 206,688 residents, which includes a large population of young professionals ages 25 to 34 (16%).
#2 "Best Cities to Start a Business"
The Street ranks Des Moines 2nd best city to start a business. People are relocating to Des Moines simply because the quality of life is far better than anywhere else. The costs of food fuel, car insurance, etc are definitely lower than in other metro hubs. People appreciate that in any economy, especially a troubled one, and that’s why it’s a great place to start your own business. And not just a farm!
All signs point to Des Moines (and surrounding communities!) being amazing. I can attest to that. Take a closer look for yourself and visit Des Moines, you may never want to leave.