This City Was Named The Best Place To Live In Iowa
There are a lot of great places to live in the Hawkeye state. But, one in particular has just made MONEY's list of 'The Best Places To Live In Every State'!
To determine this, MONEY looked at "places with populations of 50,000 or greater and eliminated any place that had more than double the national crime risk, less than 85% of its state’s median household income, or a lack of ethnic diversity." The also took into consideration categories such as education, housing, ease of living and more. You can see the full methodology here.
When it comes to Iowa, the best place to live is......West Des Moines! Sorry, Cedar Rapids, you didn't make the cut.
West Des Moines, Iowa
Median Household Income: $77,923
Median Home Listing Price: $350,000
Here's what the article had to say: "If you’re looking for a Midwest locale with exceptional public schools, West Des Moines fits the bill. With a high school graduation rate of nearly 95%—higher than all the other Iowa towns analyzed by MONEY—the city’s students also exceed national expectations on reading and math scores by significant margins. (U.S. News & World Report also placed West Des Moines’ Valley High School in the top 10 schools in Iowa.) But there’s plenty of charm, too. During summer, West Des Moines boasts 22 farmers’ markets nearby, including one in the popular shopping district Valley Junction. There you’ll also find antique stores and art galleries, plus the mom-and-pop candy shop Nan’s Nummies."
Congrats to the folks of West Des Moines! Get ready for some new neighbors.
It was also pretty cool seeing my hometown of St. Charles make this list too!
St. Charles, Missouri
Median Household Income: $60,912
Median Home Listing Price: $240,900
"You don’t have to empty your wallet to live in this St. Louis suburb. The town’s sales tax is 5.6%, and residents pay an average of $2,677 in property taxes. Jobs are already plentiful—the town has a 2.6% unemployment rate—but you can expect even more: Moody’s Analytics predicts job growth of 8.19% by 2022. Use any extra cash to stock up on antiques and fine leather goods at the 200-year-old Main Street historic district. Visitors can also learn about St. Charles’ role in the expedition of Lewis & Clark and Daniel Boone at one of the 144 nearby museums, or grab views of the countryside—and a glass of award-winning wine—in Historic Missouri Wine Country."
If you want to see the full list of the best places to live in the country, give it a look right here. Do you agree with Iowa's choice? Let us know in the comments.