The state of Iowa is a genuinely great place to live, work, play, and raise a family. Here, neighbors are friendly, commutes are short, and quality public education is the norm. There’s also vibrant shopping, entertainment possibilities, endless recreational opportunities, and plenty of Iowa apartments for rent.
In 2009, the CQ Press ranked Iowa as the nation’s 2nd-most livable state. It also ranked Iowa as ninth in the nation for number of state parks, recreational areas, and natural areas. Iowa has over 1,400 miles of trails for hiking and biking within its state parks and recreational areas.
Iowa has an abundance of natural beauty, including wide-open spaces, wooded hills, and majestic bluffs along the rivers. Residents can partake in the lively arts culture and unique museums or enjoy professional sports leagues. Iowa is also home to many excellent colleges and universities, such as the University of Iowa and Drake University. Many renowned scientists, astronauts, actors, writers, artists, and inventors were raised and/or educated in Iowa.
Des Moines is the largest city in Iowa and in addition to hosting the state’s political, economic, and cultural center, the city also offers many desirable Iowa apartments for rent. Council Bluffs, the major city of southwest Iowa, sits at the base of the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway and has become a gaming and entertainment destination. Northwest Iowa is home to some of the largest concentrations of wind turbine farms in the world.