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Old 06-19-2008, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Des Moines has an international airport and fits well within all of your guidelines, they have some of the best schools in the country too and a strong economy
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Old 06-19-2008, 10:11 AM
 
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I'd avoid Iowa for a while. Des Moines has become beach front property thanks to all of the flooding.
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Old 06-19-2008, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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I'd avoid Iowa for a while. Des Moines has become beach front property thanks to all of the flooding.
Well thats all starting to clear up really quickly.
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Old 06-19-2008, 12:35 PM
 
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Des Moines has an international airport and fits well within all of your guidelines, they have some of the best schools in the country too and a strong economy
No, not quite. Just because an airport calls itself "international" doesn't mean it really is. It just means they're equipped to handle customs and immigration just in case there's a chartered international flight.

The Des Moines airport is small with only 12 gates and less than 2 million passengers per year. That's about the size of the Knoxville TN airport. Des Moines is not served by any discount carriers except Allegiant Air, so air fares out of Des Moines are pretty steep unless you're flying to Vegas or Orlando.
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Old 06-19-2008, 02:21 PM
 
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I'd avoid Iowa for a while. Des Moines has become beach front property thanks to all of the flooding.
It's horrible to laugh, but that was kind of funny. Just the way you said it.

I wonder how many buildings will have to be completely gutted out?
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Old 06-22-2008, 06:07 PM
 
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I have always heard good about Athens, Ga.
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Old 06-22-2008, 06:13 PM
 
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It's horrible to laugh, but that was kind of funny. Just the way you said it.

I wonder how many buildings will have to be completely gutted out?
I reread it and I guess you are right. It certainly was not intended to be funny though.

While watching a network newscast this past week they mentioned that in some areas that were flooded out in 1993 it took up to two years for the water to recede. Hopefully that will not be the case with either Des Moines or Cedar Rapids. It sounds like the MS River will be peaking this week and they are predicting the flooding will not be as bad along the river this time around as it was in 1993. Not sure about the rest of Iowa though.
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Old 06-22-2008, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Omaha
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Omaha.



There. I'm done. Wanna know more? inquire before people try to shout me down for this!
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Old 06-22-2008, 10:43 PM
 
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Thanks for the advice everyone! I am definately giving your suggestions some serious thought! Omaha is actually a good idea, some of my family is from Nebraska, so thanks for the suggestions! Specifically, we are looking further into areas in Arkansas, Georgia, Alabama, and Texas, which seem to offer nice, large, affordable houses. We are looking for a big house with an attic and/or basement, which would provide much needed storage, so older homes seem to work best for us. Does anyone have any other good school districts/cities that they know of, or any helpful pros and cons?
Thanks again everyone!
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Old 06-22-2008, 11:43 PM
 
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Texas is supposed to have a lot of really strong school district. I'm not sure which ones though. I'm tempted to say maybe the schools in Arlington? Or Houston burbs.
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