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Most Popular Spots to Retire in Iowa

By    |   Friday, 05 Jun 2015 01:03 PM

Check any "Best Places to Retire" list, and somewhere you'll spot Iowa towns in the rankings. The Midwest offers comfortable living for less than the coasts. Here are some of the popular spots that make the short list of places for retirement in Iowa.

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  1. Iowa City - Iowa City has been racking up the accolades. It's not only rated for being economically strong, it's being touted as a great place to live. In 2015 alone, it ranked No. 1 in the Employment Destinations Index, and it is among the fastest-growing metro cities tracked by the United States Census Bureau. The home to the University of Iowa was named No. 4 in the "Best College Towns" list from the American Institute for Economic Research, came in at No. 5 for the Milken Institutes list of "Best-Performing Cities," No. 6 on ZipRecruiter's "Easiest Cities to find a Job," and No. 6 on MarketWatch's "The 10 Smartest Cities in America." It's also been on the Milken Institutes list of "Best Cities for Successful Aging." It's no wonder retirees are flocking here as much as the college kids.
  2. Des Moines - BuzzFeed has called it one of "34 Underrated U.S. Cities You'll Actually Want To Move To." A recent Gallup poll calls it a "Top Place Where Residents Feel Safe." Bankrate says it's the sixth-best place for retirement, and Men's Journal put it on a list of "50 Best Places to Live in America." There's a reason Des Moines is getting recognition. It's friendly both to businesses, families, and college students at Drake University and a number of smaller schools in the area. It has an understated sophistication, an affordable cost of living, low crime, quality health care and a good quality of life. As Men's Journal put it, it's "what Midwestern life is supposed to be: plentiful jobs at major insurance and financial firms; a symphony, opera house, theaters, and art galleries; and neighborhoods where a modern four-bedroom can be had for about $300,000. That includes a swimming pool, deck, and massive backyard – perfect for mingling with presidential wannabes every four years when Iowa's caucuses roll around."

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  4. Decorah - There's something about college towns that attracts college seniors and the seniors of the gray-haired variety. Decorah, home to Luther College, a liberal arts college affiliated with the Lutheran Church, is also a popular choice for retirees. The town has been featured in Smithsonian magazine's annual list of the "20 Best Small Towns to Visit in America," Forbes magazine's "America's Prettiest Towns" and the 2015 Best Choice Reviews list of the "50 Best Small Town Downtowns in America."
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Check any Best Places to Retire list, and somewhere you'll spot Iowa towns in the rankings. The Midwest offers comfortable living for less than the coasts. Here are some of the popular spots that make the short list of places for retirement in Iowa.
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