Ames named #1 college town, Des Moines hailed as top spot for young professionals

News | 08/19/2014

skylineTwo Cultivation Corridor anchors brought in another round of top rankings Monday. Ames, home to Iowa State University, was named #1 on Livability.com’s 2014 Best College Town rankings, beating out the likes of Tempe [Arizona State], Champaign [University of Illinois] and Charlottesville [University of Virginia]. Livability writes:

…The university helps foster a creative atmosphere that attracts entrepreneurs and innovative businesses. The high concentration of college students gives the local economy vitality. Most businesses here attribute a large portion of their sales to the more than 33,000 students who attend ISU. More than 30 percent of all jobs in Ames are in the education sector, and that includes all levels of teaching.

Livability Ames ranking here.

Des Moines was again named by Forbes as the #1 Top Cities for Young Professionals, beating out Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Forbes writes:

…The cities capturing the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on this year’s lists are Des Moines, Iowa, and Raleigh, N.C., respectively—the same cities that landed these slots when we first published a Best Cities for Young Professionals list three years ago. Both cities are home to plenty of companies as well as a well-educated labor force: the greater Des Moines and West Des Moines metro boasts an impressive 1 large (500+ employee) company for every 612 people, and 41.7% of Raleigh’s population has at least a bachelor’s degree. Not surprisingly, these cities also top our most recent list of Best Places for Business and Careers.


Read the Forbes article here.