When Keehner moved to Des Moines from Austin, she saw the difference in action. “You can’t find ‘Iowa nice’ anywhere else and it’s something that gives Iowa an advantage. I was able to get introduced to people in the startup community extremely quickly because of everyone’s willingness to meet with me and make other intros.”
This warm, personal approach to networking has proven extremely successful, making Iowa a veritable tech destination, packed with high-quality jobs and excited to welcome new (or returning residents) to fill them.
Combine those great jobs with Iowa's low cost of living, and you've got something special. "My girlfriend recently moved to Iowa from Manhattan," says Iowa State Senator Zach Wahls. "She cut her rent by two-thirds while almost tripling her square footage. And we live in a more expensive part of town!" Wahls himself moved back to Iowa in 2017 after a couple years on the East Coast. "I really enjoyed my time outside of Iowa, but I always knew I wanted to come home. At the end of the day, I think it's all about the kindness, patience and generosity you can find here. There's no place quite like Iowa."
Iowa has always been a great place to raise a family. But in recent years, it’s also become a place to build a career and truly enjoy all the best parts of life, from amazing food to unforgettable sports moments. Clearly, millennials are taking notice.
“I think the most important thing we realize here is that we don’t have everything, but what we have is just really, really fantastic,” says Carty. “You will never, ever regret moving here.”
Or, it turns out, moving back.