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Old 04-14-2010, 05:52 PM
 
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After several years in the top 10, Des Moines finally grabs #1...

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Old 04-14-2010, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Coralville/Ames, IA
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And Iowa City is #2 in small metros, followed by Waterloo, Sioux City, and Dubuque at #13-15 and Ames at #17.
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Old 04-14-2010, 07:32 PM
 
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Having just left IA for Raleigh, NC all I can say is I'm not surprised. I wish I was back in IA.
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Old 04-14-2010, 07:57 PM
 
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So cool!! I just moved back to DM after 15 yrs in Austin, TX. =)
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Old 04-14-2010, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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Great recognition for DM! Who needs mountains and oceans?!
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Old 04-14-2010, 08:34 PM
 
Location: South South Jersey
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Great recognition for DM! Who needs mountains and oceans?!
Most major European cities don't seem to, and neither does (for instance) Toronto, ON. (And there are tons of US locales outside the 'Midwest' that don't have oceans or mountains - why is it that the 'Midwest' seems to shoulder the entirety of that identity?)
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Old 04-14-2010, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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Probably because it it repeated over and over and over again. I can't tell you the number of times I read an article highlighting someone living in DM and they answer the question "what would you change" and they answer -- add mountains/ocean. Yes....get's old, but I'm now just as guilty for bringing it up. sorry.
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Old 04-14-2010, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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And Iowa City is #2 in small metros, followed by Waterloo, Sioux City, and Dubuque at #13-15 and Ames at #17.
Sioux City? You've got to be kidding.
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Old 04-15-2010, 01:44 AM
 
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5 Iowa cities in the top 17! or maybe it would e more fair to say top 20... maybe top 25.

and for the large cities we have 2 in the top 13! ok well say top 15. That's pretty good for this humble little state of ours.
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Old 04-15-2010, 09:12 AM
 
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Great recognition for DM! Who needs mountains and oceans?!
I live in an area surrounded by beautiful mesas, mountains, and lakes. There is a downside to that though. Jobs. As the old saying goes, "You can't eat scenery."

I've been through a few recessions in my life, and I've always found that when a recession rears its ugly head Colorado is the last one in and the last one out. That goes double for Western Colorado, particularly the Grand Junction area, that when Colorado is involved, Mesa County is the last one to get out as well. How bad is the economy here? According to the U.S. labor department statistics, Mesa County had the worst economy in the U.S. for the last quarter of last year, and I believe the first quarter of this year. For an area that has nearly 150,000 residents in the county, there were 1930 foreclosures.

The kids here move out of the area after graduation(well, half of them do) as they know the chief employer here in the valley is Halliburton. And they cut back their operations plenty about a year ago at this time. The kids look for opportunity, and not all of them have college degrees. They look at the bigger cities like Denver and Salt Lake for finding suitable employment, and some of the kids in my neighborhood look at the Heartland's cities as well. They look at places like Des Moines as a place for opportunity, affordable housing.
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