Iowa Reviews

21 Reviews

Download our custom City Report to see exclusive
data on cost of living, crime, climate, and more.
What BestPlaces Users Say about Iowa

Iowa, nicknamed the Hawkeye State, is a Midwestern state known for its rolling prairies and beautiful cornfields. It is also home to vibrant cities like Des Moines and Iowa City, as well as smaller towns with a strong sense of community. With its affordable cost of living and strong job market, Iowa attracts many residents looking for a balance between urban amenities and small-town charm. However, every place has its pros and cons, and it's important to consider multiple perspectives before making a decision. In this case, let's take a look at what some users have to say about living in Iowa.

"As a lifelong resident of Iowa, I can confidently say that it's a great place to live," says user Sarah87. "The cost of living is very reasonable, and there are plenty of job opportunities in various industries. I also appreciate the strong sense of community and the friendly, down-to-earth people here."

According to user MidwestTransplant, "I moved to Iowa from Chicago a few years ago and I couldn't be happier with my decision. The pace of life is much slower and more relaxed, and the cost of living is significantly lower. I also feel much safer here compared to the big city."

However, not all reviews are positive. User CityGirl82 shares, "I grew up in Iowa and I couldn't wait to leave. The small towns can feel stifling and there's not a lot to do here. I also feel like opportunities are limited, especially for young professionals."

On the other hand, user AdventureSeeker22 has a different perspective. "I moved to Iowa for a job opportunity and I've been pleasantly surprised. The people are incredibly welcoming, and there are actually a lot of hidden gems and fun things to do here. Plus, the cost of living allows me to save up for my next big adventure."

In summary, Iowa seems to be a great choice for those looking for a laid-back lifestyle, affordable living, and a strong sense of community. However, it may not be the best fit for those seeking a fast-paced city life. As user MidwestTransplant said, "Iowa may not be for everyone, but it's definitely worth considering."

 based on 21 Reviews
Get to know Iowa with the latest comments and reviews from people who live in or have visited Iowa

Don't believe the low cost of living lies - 9/19/2021
I've lived in Iowa my whole life. Opportunities are okay, but you won't get ahead here if you aren't in a union or employed in a white collar job. Although if you know somebody with money or status you will be fine, but that's true pretty much anywhere. Iowa is conservative, very vanilla. Things are really spread out here. If you make enough money to own a home in Iowa City, it's a great place to live. Otherwise, Iowa sucks. It has the highest amount of elderly people per capita in the country, I believe it has the lowest population of non whites (big deal for non whites), and generally I believe it is turning into South Dakota. In case you didn't know, South Dakota has very few opportunities, low wages, hard right politics, big meth problems, shrinking young population. If you are looking to retire, Iowa isn't so great either. Really high taxes, surprisingly. It's a major problem. Top 10 in highest property taxes, very high income tax for top bracket (almost 9%), prohibitive to Read More

Start Your Review of Iowa

FUNDING FOR ALL - 2/23/2019
Warm Greetings Every One

For you to get a genuine and affordable loan offer or any kind of financial assistance you can simply get your loan from CLASSICO CREDITO.

CLASSICO CREDITO is the only loan center that can give you a genuine loan at a cheap interest rate of 2% with enough duration for you to repay the loan without demanding for a Pyhsical Collateral from you.

CLASSICO CREDITO will consider to give you a loan no matter your income or your credit score, so what are you waiting for? Get your loan today from CLASSICO CREDITO, contact and you will be given a loan application form.

Email: , For US citizens Call or send Text to +19108886042

ThanksRead More

The place to be - 2/13/2019
I love Iowa like how simple it Read More

Cost of Living - 1/25/2016
Reviewing Cost of Living in Read More

Season Changes - 4/8/2015
Truly have the distinct 4 seasons here. The cold makes you appreciate the summer even more! Spring can be cold, icy and frigid. The following Spring can bring 70-80 degree days, green grass and flowers.  Read More

nothing to do - 1/9/2015
Iowa is a boring state unless you like to hike. Winters are Read More

Living in Washington, Iowa - 7/12/2010
This is the most unfriendly town I have ever lived in my entire life. People make no effort to welcome you, neighbors never even speak to you. If we had only known we would be living in a town that would never make you feel part of this little community, I think, if we weren't stuck here, we would have never packed up and bought a house in this town. Washington, Iowa boasts that is one of the best small towns to retire and live. If you never want to communicate with anyone, Washington, Iowa is the place for hermits, people who are not willing to enjoy other human beings, very strange for a so called "farming community". Sorry to say, I don't know how I could even begin to say this is a great place to live? Perhaps if you were born and raised here, you would be part of things, otherwise look elsewhere for a pleasant experience in your retirement years. Read More

Look around - 5/12/2010
Iowa City is a great place to live in Iowa. There is always something to do in here all you need to do is look around, also Des Moines is not that far away. When it comes to housing don't be surprised at first there are good prices as long as you look around and keep clear of downtown or the football stadium unless your willing to pay for it. Durning football season be tolerant of traffic of the loyal Iowans. Definitely give Iowa City a shot you won't regret Read More

Eduacation - 9/29/2009
Excellent school systems with lots of parentaal Read More

Weather in Eastern Iowa - 7/12/2009
Weather is fairly comparable to Chicago burbs. Extremes in temp-hot in summer, cold in winter. Good place if you like snowy Read More