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Old 01-16-2010, 06:38 PM
 
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We are a young, conservative, married couple who would like to relocate to Iowa within the next couple years. We are both in the education profession. I am a prospective teacher and my husband is a coach. We are looking for a town that would be condusive to start a family as well as be able to find employment. Where to move? We have researched the Ames area and we plan on visiting this summer to look around and see which area would be best suited for us. Any suggestions on other towns or areas we should visit or look into? Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-16-2010, 06:41 PM
 
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Yes, I realize there is a typo with "Arkansans."
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Old 01-17-2010, 12:52 AM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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Yes, the Des Moines metro. You'll find everything you need and more! If you mean "conservative" politically, then the north and western sections of Des Moines and the 'burbs north and west tend to be more conservative.

Ames is a nice town. Just a bit too small for my liking.
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Old 01-17-2010, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Davenport, Iowa
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I think the only 3 metros I could tolerate living in would be the Quad Cities, Des Moines, and Iowa City, in that order. Clear Lake is pretty nice in the small town category, but I'm not really interested in that lifestyle year-round.
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Old 01-17-2010, 11:38 AM
 
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Thanks for your input. We do not want to live in the middle of nowhere, but we also do not want to live in a huge city. Possibly outside of one of the bigger places within commuting distance?
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Old 01-17-2010, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Chariton, Iowa
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Welcome to Iowa!

The Des Moines area has the biggest opportunities in education in Iowa right now. (I'm looking to get into teaching myself...) Several of the Des Moines suburbs, like Ankeny and Waukee are building or planning to build new schools in the next few years.

That isn't to say there aren't opportunities elsewhere, but rather that's where the biggest concentration of jobs is going to be.

Would you rather live in a small-midsized town or a suburb? If you would like a town, Ames is a good bet--but you will likely have a significant commute. If you are fine with suburbs, you might want to look at Ankeny or Waukee (lots of young families there) or Johnston (more pricey). There are also some much smaller east and south-side suburbs that get overlooked often like Carlisle or Norwalk.
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Old 01-17-2010, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Not sure of your definition of 'in the middle of nowhere,' but if you're going to visit Ames, please be sure to swing west and see Boone. It is a very charming town of 12,000 and only about 40 minutes to Des Moines. Many people commute to DM or Ames (15-20 minutes).

Regardless of your decision, I'm confident you'll find Iowa welcoming and a great place to work and raise your family!
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Old 01-17-2010, 06:20 PM
 
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My husband and I currently live in a town that has approximately 3,500 people with the closest metropolitan area about an hour and a half away, which kind of makes us feel like we are in the "middle of nowhere." Thank you for the input, and I look forward to additional comments.
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Old 01-18-2010, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Waukee, IA
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Check out Waukee, like another has mentioned we have two new elementary schools scheduled for opening within the year. I am slightly bias to Waukee, since I live there. It's a short half hour away from downtown Des Moines. The homes in the area are cookie cutter, but maybe you could find an older home near I80 between Waukee and Adel.
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Old 01-20-2010, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, IA
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Ames is alright and probably a good place to raise a family. Boone is a good suggestion and I'd also throw in Huxley, right south of Ames. Indianola (about fifteen minutes south of Des Moines) might be a good place too if Ames seems up your alley.
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