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    Why Move to Iowa???

    Let me explain a little before you jump all over me...

    I love Iowa and have been away for too long, so I have the itch to move back but my wife is an obstacle. She was born in LA and then lived in Tucson, AZ till I moved her away. She loves to visit Iowa on vacation but isn't real excited about the idea of living there.

    I need help convincing her and any ideas are welcome. We would have to live in the Des Moines area as I would work at the airport. Please help I need to get closer to the Cyclones so my kids can love them like I do!!!



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    Re: Why Move to Iowa???

    Great communities. Low crime rates. Good (but getting worse) school systems. Good employment opportunities. Low cost of living. "Iowa Nice" etc.

    And above all......you would be 30 minutes from the Jack/Hilton!



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    Re: Why Move to Iowa???

    I moved back in 2004 after being away for 13-14 years. It is great to be close to family but the charm and nostalgia of being back here wore off several years ago. I'd like to move on. My wife and I don't have kids which I imagine would be an important consideration.



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    Re: Why Move to Iowa???

    Moved to St. Louis after college and I loved it there but my wife who is from Story City wanted to be closer to home, so we moved back. I will never leave Ames again. Its a gem of a small city and DM is close enough when ever I want to do more than Ames has. Oh ya I live 4 minutes from JTS and Hilton.



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    Re: Why Move to Iowa???

    Just curious what you do that you would have to be at the airport?



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    Re: Why Move to Iowa???

    Quote Originally Posted by wxman1 View Post
    Just curious what you do that you would have to be at the airport?
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    Re: Why Move to Iowa???

    Quote Originally Posted by MileHiCyclone View Post
    Let me explain a little before you jump all over me...

    I love Iowa and have been away for too long, so I have the itch to move back but my wife is an obstacle. She was born in LA and then lived in Tucson, AZ till I moved her away. She loves to visit Iowa on vacation but isn't real excited about the idea of living there.

    I need help convincing her and any ideas are welcome. We would have to live in the Des Moines area as I would work at the airport. Please help I need to get closer to the Cyclones so my kids can love them like I do!!!
    I'm not sure how old your children are, but if I were in your shoes, their upbringing would be the #1 factor...and there are lots of reasons Iowa is great for raising children:

    A) Low cost of living.
    B) Low crime.
    C) Great public schools.
    D) Great, affordable options for post-secondary education in-state.

    There are also some cons to consider:

    1) In many school districts, your kids won't be exposed to a lot of diversity (my high school, which was of average size in the state, was 99% WASP). This should be less of an issue in Des Moines, though.
    2) You're 3-4 hours from a major city if you count KC; even further if Chicago is your idea of a "real" city. I.e., depending on what you and your family like to do for entertainment, it might get pretty boring.
    3) Weather...especially if your wife is used to LA.

    If your kids are at all like me, I'm sure they'd fall in love with Cyclone sports the first time they walk into Hilton before a game and watch the players warm up or hearing how loud the crowd is at Jack Trice. I hate to say it, but they'd probably feel that way at any university athletic event you take them to, be it ISU or Arizona; it's a pretty impressive thing for any child to see. It was definitely love at first sight for me!



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    Re: Why Move to Iowa???

    I moved back from Texas mostly because of the weather. Might not be the selling point you are looking for though.



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    Re: Why Move to Iowa???

    I know for me, I just love being in the country. The idea of being able to live in the country and still be close to the major metro areas (DSM, CR/IC, Quad Cities) is awesome, IMO. I grew up "in town" (if you can count Corydon as "in town"), but living in a country home would be fantastic, IMO. It's one of the reasons I would prefer not to leave the state after graduation, if I can help it. Plus most of my family is still in the state.

    All the other reasons previously mentioned are good, too. And, depending on whether your kids are into sports, baseball and softball are summer sports here (not so much a selling point for the wife, but indirect fire works, too), where in many states they're spring sports (forcing kids to choose between baseball/softball, soccer, track, and golf, rather than letting them play in two of those sports).


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    Re: Why Move to Iowa???

    Quote Originally Posted by MileHiCyclone View Post
    Let me explain a little before you jump all over me...

    I love Iowa and have been away for too long, so I have the itch to move back but my wife is an obstacle. She was born in LA and then lived in Tucson, AZ till I moved her away. She loves to visit Iowa on vacation but isn't real excited about the idea of living there.

    I need help convincing her and any ideas are welcome. We would have to live in the Des Moines area as I would work at the airport. Please help I need to get closer to the Cyclones so my kids can love them like I do!!!
    If you move back make it central Iowa--either D.M. or a nearby bedroom or outlying community.

    I live in Shmuckeyeville part of Iowa (east-central) and if it wasn't for aging parents and aging in-laws living in town, and a house we like--we'd be moving to central Iowa or perhaps KC, Minneapolis, Denver, etc., in a heartbeat



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    Re: Why Move to Iowa???

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    There are also some cons to consider:

    1) In many school districts, your kids won't be exposed to a lot of diversity (my high school, which was of average size in the state, was 99% WASP). This should be less of an issue in Des Moines, though.
    2) You're 3-4 hours from a major city if you count KC; even further if Chicago is your idea of a "real" city. I.e., depending on what you and your family like to do for entertainment, it might get pretty boring.
    3) Weather...especially if your wife is used to LA.

    The diversity issue is not that big of a deal to me, my school was the same way. Your kids will react the way you teach them to.

    The big city thing is what gets to my wife the most. I would be perfectly happy with living in a town of 500.

    Weather is a smaller issue, we lived in Joplin, MO for a year so she was introduced to Tornado/Thunderstorms and we live in Denver now so the snow wouldn't bother her either.



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    Re: Why Move to Iowa???

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    The big city thing is what gets to my wife the most. I would be perfectly happy with living in a town of 500.
    Maybe you could play up the "we'll be close to several cities in every direction" angle? Chicago, KC, StL, Twin Cities, Omaha, and Milwaukee are all within a half-day's drive from Des Moines, so you'd have plenty of choices for visiting cities when you wanted to.

    Living on a coast now, with the ocean to the east and the Appalachians to the west, this mobility is definitely something I took for granted. If I want to go visit another major nearby city for the weekend, my options are basically limited to whatever lies between DC and NYC. Fortunately, that happens to include quite a bit.



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    Re: Why Move to Iowa???

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    Quote Originally Posted by DistrictCyclone View Post

    There are also some cons to consider:

    1) In many school districts, your kids won't be exposed to a lot of diversity (my high school, which was of average size in the state, was 99% WASP). This should be less of an issue in Des Moines, though.
    2) You're 3-4 hours from a major city if you count KC; even further if Chicago is your idea of a "real" city. I.e., depending on what you and your family like to do for entertainment, it might get pretty boring.
    3) Weather...especially if your wife is used to LA.

    The diversity issue is not that big of a deal to me, my school was the same way. Your kids will react the way you teach them to.

    The big city thing is what gets to my wife the most. I would be perfectly happy with living in a town of 500.

    Weather is a smaller issue, we lived in Joplin, MO for a year so she was introduced to Tornado/Thunderstorms and we live in Denver now so the snow wouldn't bother her either.
    While it's true there's not a lot of diversity in the state, particularly outside of the metro areas, I agree it's not a huge issue if your kids are raised right. I've gotten a dose of culture shock here in Iowa City with a Chinese roommate last year and a Malaysian one this year, but it's not a huge deal. It did sometimes get tiring, having to explain things that are so mundane to us; the Super Bowl, for example. And I didn't know how to explain it, because the explanations usually needed explaining, too. He was a great guy, and we still hang out from time to time, it's just every now and then that got a little frustrating.


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