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Old 07-03-2016, 12:13 PM
Location: Northern United States
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Originally Posted by Vitae View Post
I wouldn't choose a large metro area over CR or probably anywhere in Iowa either, I'm not really a metro kind of guy either. My point is that Iowa actually offers neither attractive metro living not attractive suburban or rural living. The large metro areas (CR, Des Moines, IC) are pretty lacking compared to other metro areas in the Midwest in terms of activities or amenities but not really any safer or "better" in any measureable way, but the rural life Iowa offers is also significantly sub-par as there is also very little in the way of outdoor recreation compared even to neighboring Midwestern states, let alone states in different parts of the country.

I'm aware that most crime rates in CR were significantly lower 10-15 years ago, but the demographics of that city are changing in a big way. The recent trend towards higher crime is not random chance. It is becoming a less safe place to live. As of May I believe it was of this year, they were averaging between 2 and 3 shootings per week. In a city of 120-130,000 people. That's horrible.
What? I'm sorry, but I can agree with you about the natural areas but come on, Des Moines is probably one of the best mid-sized cities in the USA, Downtown Des Moines is changing very rapidly and for the better, and has been rated as one of the best up and coming downtowns, and then you also have all of our rankings, which a lot of those are bull but still, it makes a point. That point about Cedar Rapids having a larger crime rate than 15 years is false. But the crime rates between Los Angeles and Cedar Rapids has been about the same in the past couple of years. This seems to be more coming from the fact the Los Angeles has cut its crime rates in a half in the past 15 years. Also this big city problems thing is such bull. There is no difference between crime in larger cities compared to mid-sized cities and what I mean by that is that mid-sized experience the same issues as larger cities and large cities also don't have large crime rates such as LA and NYC, which are now some of the safer US cities. Youngstown, Flint, Gary, and Camden are all small to mid-sized cities that have much higher crime rates than most large cities.

Iowa has better living conditions than most states. Des Moines is booming due to the amenities and living conditions we have, along with a lower cost of living. Des Moines may not be the best city in the USA but it is one of the best mid-sized ones. We still have issues of course, and some of our cities are not the best, but compared to most states we are doing pretty well for our selves.
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Old 07-03-2016, 02:46 PM
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I know nothing about des moines I'm really just talking about CR. By big city problems I mean things like gangs and such. Cedar rapids has a slightly above average crime rate compared to the US average which I don't think people expect from a city in iowa with 120000 people and not a lot going on.
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