The state of Iowa sits at the heart of the Midwest and is the nation’s top producer of pork! Fun fact: in Iowa, hogs outnumber people, 4 to 1! But, agriculture isn’t all the Hawkeye State is known for. Iowa is a mix of big city life and small-town pleasures, from border to border. While it may be most well-known for its gigantic state fair, Iowa is home to Crystal Lake Cave, Pikes Peak State Park, and many more naturally beautiful and fun landmarks!
Iowa has a population of just over 3 million, 17% of which are seniors aged 65 and older. Why are so many seniors retiring in Iowa? It might be the senior-friendly taxes. Or, maybe they’ve just fallen in love with some of the best cities the state has to offer. You be the judge – check out Senior Resource’s list of favorites!
With a population of just 92,000, the town of Dubuque is small enough to be considered a “small town” yet large enough to offer its residents everything they need to live comfortably and modernly. What sets Dubuque apart is the short commute to work. Less than 3% of all residents commute an hour to work, and the remaining commute at an even lower rate and distance. The town is safe and inviting for residents of all ages.
Washington is a unique community with a population of just over 7,000 residents. Considered a very small town, Washington surprisingly has all of the amenities one could ask for. Residents choose from a top-rated hospital, well-established and affordable housing, an extremely low crime rate, and a neighboring metro city of Iowa City.
With 39,000 residents and an eight-mile commute to Des Moines, Urbandale is one of the best suburbs to live in and possesses amenities for both the young and old. Large parks and open spaces are great for the kids or grandkids, while an active Parks and Rec department in the town assists with everything from training camps and gardening to doctor’s office visits. The annual 4th of July parade and fireworks show is a drawing card for many residents of nearby towns.
Chicago is just three hours away from this small town and the closest nearby city is Cedar Rapids. Situated along the Mississippi River, Bettendorf is a small town rich in culture and full of recreational activities to enjoy. Residents and visitors may choose from riverboat gambling to strolling in the parks.
Found in the perfect location with an equal distance between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, this small town provides convenient access to two major interstate highways. Many who live in North Liberty commute to one of the major cities on a daily basis. Each is only 25 miles away. Some of the major employers near the town are Proctor & Gamble and the University of Iowa.
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Robert FowlerContributing Writer
Robert Fowler is a retired blogger who lives with his wife, Mary Ann at Village at Deaton Creek, a Del Webb Community in North Georgia. Robert was previously the President of Retirement Media Inc. He has visited numerous 55+ Active Adult Communities over the years, sharing his experiences along the way with readers. View more posts