What can we say – life’s pretty good in Iowa.

Everyone agrees that Iowa is one of the nation’s best places to live.

Iowa has proven time and again to be the ideal location for successful, healthy living. With the fastest-growing major metro in the Midwest and one of the few places in the country that’s recognized as an emerging tech hot spot, it’s easy to see why we’re considered one of the best states for millennials. Our cities consistently rank as some of the best for productivity and job creation in addition to being named some of the best places to live for quality of life and well-being.

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A place of opportunity for the nation’s best and brightest.

Iowa is consistently placed at the top of national metrics measuring economic performance, quality of life and business opportunities.

Iowa named the best state in the entire country.

(U.S. News & World Report, 2018)

Iowa ranked as top state for jobs in the U.S.

(Zippia, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019)

Des Moines is the best place for Millennials to live in the Midwest.

(Growella, 2017)

Iowa named best state in the U.S. to pursue the American dream.

(MarketWatch, 2017)

Iowa ranked first in the nation for affordability.

(U.S. News & World Report, 2019)

Ames named one of best small cities for business.

(Chamber of Commerce, 2019)

See how America’s Cultivation Corridor works for you.

Get the most out of life by connecting with our partner organizations.

Iowa Economic Development Authority
Iowa State University
Ames Economic Development Commission
Greater Des Moines Partnership


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