About Iowa: Iowa State University

Des Moines skyline
Des Moines skyline. (Photo courtesy of the Iowa Tourism office.)

Great schools. No traffic jams. Safe communities. Clean air.

Iowa is a place where neighborhoods are friendly and commutes are short. A place where quality public education isn't just a dream, but a reality. A place of vibrant cities with shopping and entertainment possibilities. A place of endless outdoor recreational opportunities.

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How Iowa ranks

Iowa ranks as the 6th best place to raise a child. Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2010

Des Moines was ranked the top place to raise a family.
Forbes magazine, 2010

Iowa was ranked the 5th best place for well-being.
Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, 2010

Iowa was ranked the
5th best state to retire
. MoneyRates.com, 2010

Iowa was ranked the 6th most bike-friendly state.
League of American Bicyclists, 2011

Iowa was 4th in a rating of top states for business.
CNBC, 2009

A national brainpower ranking of 200 U.S. metro areas puts Des Moines at No. 35.
Portfolio.com and American City Business Journals Inc.,2010