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Old 02-22-2014, 03:50 PM
 
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My husband and I might be relocating from suburbs of boston to eastern iowa maybe near iowa city or western illinois. We know nothing about the Midwest but we have 2 young children and are looking for a town with great schools and things to do. Not so much night life but things like zoos library and things like that within a short drive. We most likely will be renting for the first year or two but what to be in a community and rent a house no apartments. Any advice anyone can give would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-22-2014, 06:55 PM
 
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Iowa City will be better with kids..better schools especially. Illinois is having a lot of budget issues statewide so you want to be aware of that and how it can effect the schools. There is a Zoo in Iowa City. This is a nice little website for things to do in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area Corridor Parents - Kids events & resources for Iowa City, North Liberty, Cedar Rapids
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Old 03-03-2014, 04:19 PM
 
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Iowa City will be better with kids..better schools especially. Illinois is having a lot of budget issues statewide so you want to be aware of that and how it can effect the schools. There is a Zoo in Iowa City. This is a nice little website for things to do in the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area Corridor Parents - Kids events & resources for Iowa City, North Liberty, Cedar Rapids
Really? Where? I've lived in the corridor for six years and never knew...

I concur that this is a great area for raising kids. Tons of activities (arts and academic as well as sports), festivals, museums, good schools, and a generally family-oriented vibe. My grandparents lived in western Illinois (near Quincy) so I have fond memories of the area, but my impression is that there's more going on here. The Quad Cities, either side of the river, would probably be quite nice as well, but I've only driven through so no first-hand knowledge. I do know they have Niabi Zoo, because there are billboards on I-80 .
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Old 03-03-2014, 10:58 PM
 
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Williamsburg...about 18 mi west of Iowa City on I-80. I think it's a pretty solid small town with good schools...check GreatSchools.org for school ratings, last I looked they were quite strong.

You're wise to skip Illinois for the budgetary issues mentioned above.
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