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Old 07-25-2015, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, IA
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I've been interested in moving to Iowa for a while now, but from the limited searching I've done, there's a lot of relatively expensive homes around. From my experience, cheaper = more crime and I'd like to avoid that. So any suggestions on where to look that is both relatively cheap cost of living, but also low crime in Iowa?
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Old 07-26-2015, 06:19 AM
 
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General rule of thumb, smaller towns, maybe an hour or so from a larger town are going to be the lowest cost of living, unless you have to commute for work. The farther away from the city center, the lower the costs will be. I guess it really depends on what your budget is and where you need to be for work.
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Old 07-26-2015, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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One suggestion: Indianola. It's south of Des Moines.
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Old 07-26-2015, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, IA
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Indianola definitely looks like a great option for what I'm after! Thanks for the suggestion Meemur!
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Old 07-26-2015, 12:52 PM
 
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Pella is another cute town to look into. It was just named one of the top 100 small towns.
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Old 07-26-2015, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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Iowa a a pretty big state geographically. Which part of the state were you looking at where housing seemed expensive?
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Old 07-28-2015, 08:24 AM
 
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You basically have to go search out any areas in Iowa that are going to have anything called "high crime". Small towns are fine. The largest cities are for the most part perfectly fine.
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