Reviews & Comments
Ames, IABest college town!
I loved my experience in Ames, IA during my 4 years of college. I miss living there, and while my experience might be different from that of regular residents, I think that Ames is a great college town overall. The winters are harsh, but the other seasons are nice. I really enjoyed the diverse environment, and I met people from several countries. The people are nice, and the transportation system (Cyride) takes you all over Ames. Stephens Auditorium is very nice, as well as Hilton Coliseum, and Jack Trice Stadium. I wouldn't mind living there, though there are not many opportunities of my field there. However, who knows. Maybe I might be back in the future...
Des Moines, IANice city...
Des Moines is the capital of the state of Iowa. The metro area has almost 600,000 people. I lived there for about a year, and I also went to college in Ames, IA for 4 years. I really enjoyed living in both cities, and I miss many things of the area. Des Moines is a major center for the insurance industry in the U.S. This city appeals more for family oriented people. Not too much for singles, but most people are nice. The job market is pretty good, especially for those in the insurance business. In 2007, Forbes Magazine named Des Moines the 4th best place for business. The weather of Des Moines nice except during the harsh winter season. I do miss the snow from time to time. Even though I never bought a home in Des Moines, I know that the price of homes is very affordable in comparison to other major cities. Also, the cost of living is good.Overall, Des Moines is a nice city with many opportunities, and it has a lot of potential for economic growth.