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Old 05-03-2018, 06:46 PM
Location: Santa Rosa
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I now live in Santa Rosa,CA with my wife and two year old son. I work in the tech industry but haven't gotten any offer locally. I interviewed and got an offer in Ankeny, Iowa at John Deere. My parents are originally from the midwest (IL, MI, IN, MN ect,) and I always loved to visit there. My wife has visited a few times with me over the years and also like the areas. My wife is Mexican and while born in the US look Mexican at a 1000 yards. Looking at democratic will this be too much of a culture sock for us moving from a very delivery area like California.

Financial wise I'm getting the same pay as my old position and I also owen a condo worth about $400K that I only owe ~100K on so I don't think I'll have an issue finding nice housing.


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Old 05-03-2018, 08:52 PM
Location: Des Moines Metro
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Originally Posted by Hypersion View Post
Looking at democratic will this be too much of a culture sock for us moving from a very delivery area like California.
That's really a question that requires boots-on-the-ground research. Spend the money on plane tickets for you and your wife, and come and visit for a long weekend. Ankeny is very family-friendly with excellent schools. Whether or not it will be too much of a cultural shock is really up to you.

I think the cold winters will be more of a problem if everyone isn't on board with this move. It does take a commitment to dress appropriately for the weather and get out and play sports or hike. I'm used to it, but transfers from warmer places often have difficulties the first winter.
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Old 05-05-2018, 06:06 AM
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Since Ankeny is essentially a suburb of Des Moines, you don't have to live in Ankeny itself if your family doesn't like it. You could easily live a little north in the University town of Ames, which is a very easy half hour or less commute into Ankeny. Or you could pick a neighborhood in Des Moines you like. The money you get for your home in Santa Rosa should buy you something nice in this area.

I don't think your wife would have any racial issues anywhere in the greater Des Moines area, and certainly not in Ames, but only she can decide about something like that.

You might want to look at some of the school rating websites to see which schools might be best, which might affect where you choose to buy a house. I would guess that schools in Ames or Ankeny are better than those in some parts of Des Moines itself, but I don't know for sure.

Congratulations for being hired by John Deere! It's a good strong economically stable company with a good reputation for treating it's employees well.

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Old 06-13-2018, 06:16 PM
Location: Iowa
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Ankeny has grown a lot in the last few years. Too much of a culture shock? I don't think so. Lots of young families moving in the area. You could also look at Johnston or Altoona. Are you a software or hardware developer? I ask because the Ankeny JD building is a factory. Deere is building a new office for its IT departments in Johnston that is supposed to complete next year.
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