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Old 01-07-2012, 08:05 PM
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Hello! I am making a list of all the areas I might move to after I graduate in May. My finance is applying for graduate study in numerous states and I am trying to get some information on each area.

According to this website, it states that the median rent in 2009 was $649 for the state of Iowa. Now, I imagine that it is significantly higher in Iowa City. Can anyone give a guess at an average cost of living?

I heard that the state of Iowa has a better employment rate than NYS does. I will be graduating with a bachelor's in Public Relations.

I know little to nothing about the state of Iowa. Any additional information would be wonderful! Has anyone else had an experience of moving from one state to Iowa before? Any advice?

Thank you all so much!!
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Old 01-08-2012, 04:28 PM
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I lived in Iowa City for 3 years and loved it. In terms of the job market, be aware that it is a very educated populace. A high percentage of job seekers have advanced degrees, and often connections inside the university. It isn't at all uncommon to find people with an MA or PhD working as a cab driver or behind the counter at Subway. Most of the economy is centered around the university, which is great if you can find work there. While there are a lot of temporary jobs, it can be difficult to get a decent paying full time permanent job, at least in my experience.

I don't know what department your fiancee is looking at, but some departments have or are undergoing major changes due to budget cuts. I would want to ask a lot of questions (tactfully, of course) about the future of the department and what measures have been taken or are planned in the face of budget cutting measures, especially if she is going into a humanities based curriculum as opposed to medical, business, or science based curriculums. She will want to be sure that the department is still going to be intact and in good reputation in 4-5 years when she is ready to present her dissertation.....

About rents, I think it depends on what area you want to live in. $650 for a one bedroom sounds about right for a "student" apartment. I think I paid $725 for a very nice two bedroom in Coralville about 5 years ago.

JMHO, your mileage may vary. Good luck whatever you decide!
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Old 01-28-2012, 02:11 AM
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I grew up in Iowa, lived in NY State for awhile and now live back in Iowa. If you are looking for good schools (for in the future) check out the website GreatSchools - Public and Private School Ratings, Reviews and Parent Community but Iowa has a lot to offer IF you don't mind having to drive awhile to go places. I would stick with southern Iowa for a milder winter (not much milder, but a little milder than Northern Iowa.) Iowa City is nice, there are a lot of smaller towns within 30 minute drive of Iowa City. I would check out Washington, Iowa or Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. They are both within 30-40 minute commute of Iowa City. Mt. Pleasant has really good schools, whereas Washington has a thriving downtown area.

GO SOUTH, as in Tennessee or Northern Alabama!!

GOOD LUCK in whatever you decide!
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