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Old 11-15-2011, 07:29 AM
 
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My family and I plan on relocating to Iowa next year. We are looking at Johnston, Grimes, Quad Cities and Des Moines. We have two children that will be attending elementary school. I was wondering how the schools are, what the housing market is like, what the hunting is like, and any other info anyone could provide. Thank you.
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Old 11-16-2011, 06:30 PM
 
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where are you moving from and what things are you looking for
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:07 PM
 
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Schools in Johnston are very good, close to Des Moines but still have the quite small feel to it!
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:12 PM
 
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I grew up in the QCA and can answer any specific questions. The schools are good there. The housing market kind of flattened out in Iowa but never really tanked like a lot of the country.
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Old 11-17-2011, 07:18 AM
 
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I've lived in Iowa for longer than I care to admit . If I were picking one of those options from the first post des moines would win in a land slide. The larger city gives you a much better ability to find meaningful work. (Thank god you didn't list Iowa City--only move there if you've accepted a job offer from UofI) The free ways are still excellent, and the traffic is lighter than most medium sized cities.

Where are you coming from? That's a huge factor. Be prepared for stupid cold in the winter.
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Old 11-17-2011, 07:54 AM
 
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What kind of hunting do you want to do? The best deer hunting is in the southeast part of the state, but the bird hunting is best in the northern part of the state. Either is a reasonably short trip from either the DSM area or the Quad Cities.
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Old 11-17-2011, 01:16 PM
 
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PS. While I've put my vote in for Des Moines. I'd still consider look at moving to other places as well. How you ended up with that final list of destinations is beyond me
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:29 PM
 
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We are currently living in SE Arkansas, but moved here from the Galesburg, IL, area about five years ago. We lived there for a couple years, so we have an idea (maybe) what the weather is like in Iowa.

@duster1979 I was wondering about deer, waterfowl, & doves. We also fish and run our dog in hunt trials.
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Old 11-17-2011, 07:42 PM
 
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Lots of good lake and river fishing near the QCA. Hunting is popular near there but I don't know much about it. I'd imagine both are popular anywhere you end up in Iowa.
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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@duster1979 I was wondering about deer, waterfowl, & doves. We also fish and run our dog in hunt trials.
As I said before, deer hunting is probably best here in SE Iowa both in terms of population and animal quality.

Waterfowl hunting is good in SE Iowa and anywhere along the Mississippi, I don't know about the rest of the state.

Iowa just had its first dove season since 1918 this Fall, I haven't heard any results.

There are tons of recreational lakes in Iowa, plus the Mississippi along the eastern border and tons of stocked private farm ponds that can be fished if you talk nice to the owners.

Field dog trials seem to be more popular in the western part of the state.
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