No other state epitomizes the American Heartland like Iowa does. Bordered by the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, Iowa is defined by its rolling prairies, hardworking people and community spirit. Des Moines is one of the friendliest and most livable cities in America. While agriculture has long been the predominant industry, recent years have seen a transformation to a diverse economy that includes financial and biotech industries. It’s no wonder, since Iowa has the country’s lowest cost of doing business (according to CNBC) and an equally great cost of living.
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Cedar Rapids is the second-largest city in Iowa. A flourishing center for arts and culture in eastern Iowa, the city is home to the Cedar Rapids Art Museum, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library and the famous Paramount Theater. Cedar Rapids is nicknamed the City of Five Seasons for the fifth season, which is time to enjoy the other four.
For the third-largest city in Iowa, Davenport has a remarkably low cost of living along with a highly ranked school system, exciting cultural activities and a thriving downtown.
As the capital and most populous city in Iowa, Des Moines has everything you’d expect from a major city: great shopping, beautiful parks, Broadway shows, music venues and more. But it’s also everything you wouldn’t expect: It’s easy to get around, easy to park in and easy to feel safe in – all of which makes Des Moines a great place to raise a family.
Northeast Iowa is a refreshing escape that can be filled with outdoor excursions, spectacular attractions and fine dining. This region of Iowa prides itself on having the best outdoor recreation in the state, including first-class trout, walleye and bass fishing; canoeing, kayaking or tubing scenic rivers; biking or hiking the state’s most scenic trails; exploring forests and high-quality prairie remnants; camping; cross-country skiing; and snowmobiling.
Southeast Iowa is made up of many scenic and quaint towns offering a peaceful quality of life. As for popular sights and attractions, you can walk the crookedest street in the world, enjoy the internationally acclaimed health center and spa in Fairfield’s Maharishi Vedic City, behold the awesome power of the Mississippi at Lock and Dam 19, and see history come to life at Old Fort Madison.
In Western Iowa, the Missouri River cuts through rolling hills and prairies, creating the perfect picture of the American Heartland. Many parks, lakes and wildlife areas offer ample recreation. Sioux City, Iowa, and Omaha, Nebraska, are nearby urban centers with plenty of shopping and entertainment options. Sheldon, Iowa, one of the region’s larger cities, is most famous for its annual display of marigolds.
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