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With large tracts of farmland amid gently rolling plains, but there's a lot more to modern Iowa than corn fields.

Today, manufacturing, biotechnology, and finance services play a big part in the modern economy of the Hawkeye State.

In recent polls, Iowa has also rated among the top ten states for business freindliness, and it's overall cost of living is among the lowest in the nation. It is almost among the greenest states in the nation, relying on 15% of its energy sources on wind turbines.

Despite its idyllic topography, subterranean Iowa has the highest rates of natural radon concentrations in the country. The risk of lung cancer in communities exposed to the odorless, colorless gas is high and, as a result, many cities have passed ordinances requiring radon resistance construction in all new homes, and urge current residents to have their homes tested.

Iowa quality-of-life statistics

Demographics : (Iowa Census Data)
Major cities: Des Moines (capital), Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Sioux City, Iowa City
Population : 2,926,324
White : 94.9%
Black, African American : 2.3%
Hispanic : 3.7%
High school graduates : 86.1%
Bachelor's degree or higher : 21.2%
Average household income: $42,865

Cost of Living: Iowa's cost of living is rated 79.9 or considerably below the U.S. average.

Housing & Real Estate Overview : also see Zillow - Iowa Real Estate
Home ownership rate : 72.3%
Average home price: $132,300
Average travel time to work : 18 minutes

Personal Income Taxes : Iowa imposes personal income tax in nine tax brackets ranging from 0.36 percent to a steep  8.98 percent. Iowans must file Iowa Individual Income Tax Form IA 1040 each year by April 15.

Schools : see Iowa Department of Education

Weather : Like most of the Midwest, Iowa winters can bring lots of snow and wind, while summers can also be extreme with temperatures into the 90's F with high humidity during the day. Spring is the most dangerous weather season, bringing with it occasionally severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.

Crime : see Iowa Crime Rate 1960 - 2005

also see -> Iowa Taxes | Iowa Eviction Laws | Iowa Tourism

More about relocating to Iowa around the Web:

Iowa City Data Forums - Very active discussions on relocation, houses & real estate, jobs, schools and related tips & advice for moving to Dubuque, Des Moines, Sioux City and other towns & cities across the state.

Des Moines Relocation - Check out information on living and working in the Des Moines metro area including cost of living, related maps, and a free relocation packet available for US residents.

Dubuque Relocation Information - Guide to city demographics, cost of living & weather facts, schools, maps and related resources.

Moving Information Iowa City - Web portal courtesy of the University of Iowa with links to newcomers' guides, information on houses of worship and child care services,and links to transportation services, city parks & recreational areas.

Iowa real estate, apartments & job classifieds:

Des Moines : Register
Cedar Rapids : Gazette
Davenport : Quad City Times
Sioux City : Journal


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