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Old 04-12-2019, 07:56 PM
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Hey all, my family currently lives in Fort Dodge and my company has an opportunity in the Cedar Falls/Waterloo area. I go there for work frequently so I know all the general things about the Cedar Valley (crime, schools, cities, etc) I'm more interested in if I should pack up my family and move.

We have two kids, not yet in school. We both have advanced degrees. We love driving down to Ames for Iowa State events and rarley miss a football game.

This wouldn't be a promotion as much as trying to bolster the office in Cedar Falls/Waterloo so money isn't a driver other than my wife needing to find a job in her field. Besides that; new doctor, new daycare, etc.

What I really want to know is if a family with a stable life in Fort Dodge, involved in the community, knows the lay of the land, should undo all that for a life in the Cedar Valley? We're mostly afraid our kids will have little to do here as they grow up so we want a bigger/wealthier district. We want more shopping and restaurants. We're not opposed to Catholic/private schools either. We want more opportunities for fun and we like playgrounds, public golf courses, bike trails, hiking areas, but not hunting/fishing. Ideally we'd like the ability to pack up on a Friday and go to the river or a park to get into nature. That's tough where we live now. I'd love 5 acres but can't afford that.

We like local restaurants and cute neighborhoods and understand there aren't really cool small neighborhood like Beaverdale in Des Moines. If there are I'd love to know about it.

We like well-maintained older neighborhoods with parks. The houses along Hudson really turn me off, no places to walk or have the kids roam free, for example.

We want to get involved in the community. How? I don't know what's out there yet, but I know what's going on in Fort Dodge because I've gotten involved with city projects.

Does this sound like a good fit for us? We're mostly thinking of it for the kids.
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