Moving to Iowa with UniMovers

Moving to Iowa

When you move to Iowa, you get the opportunity to be a part of the “American Heartland”. Iowa, also known as the Hawkeye State, is one of the safest states to live in. Some eminent individuals from Iowa include Elijah Wood, Buffalo Bill, Grant Wood, Ashton Kutcher, Marvin Cone, William Frawley, and Ann Landers.

Landscape & Weather

Iowa is nestled between the Mississippi River on the east, the Missouri River on the west. Iowa’s landscape comprises of lakes, moving slopes, a few woodlands and wetlands, and LOTS of corn and soybean fields. Its outskirts close to the Mississippi River, highlights steep slopes and valleys which makes for beautiful terrain. The state has a humid continental climate, with four distinct seasons. You can expect hot, humid summers and cold, frigid winters with comfortable spring and fall weather in between.

Big Cities in Iowa

Iowa has a few urban centers, with its capital, Des Moines, being the biggest city situated in Central Iowa. Iowa is home to the first presidential caucus during the election cycle. As a result, numerous political candidates set their campaign headquarters in Des Moines. Other notable urban centers include Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Ames, and Cedar Falls/Waterloo. Cedar Rapids, the second largest city in Iowa, is home to Quaker Oats and Rockwell Collins. Just 30 miles south, you can find the University of Iowa Hawkeyes in Iowa City. The Iowa State Cyclones can be found in Ames. Iowan’s take college football very seriously, so you should know that an Iowan is either a Cyclone or a Hawkeye. Cedar Falls and Waterloo are two big cities (by Iowa standards) hosting John Deere and the University of Northern Iowa. Also notable are Davenport and Bettendorf, which are both part of the Quad Cities. Dubuque can be found in the northeastern corner of Iowa bordering Wisconsin on the Mississippi River.
Des Moines Iowa Downtown Des Moines  - 2564368 / Pixabay

Eastern Iowa

The Eastern Iowa area has numerous noteworthy locale, for example, the Old Capital Building in Iowa City. The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art has assortments of artistic creations by Grant Wood and Marvin Cone. The Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum can be visited in West Branch. 

Western Iowa

Western Iowa has exceptional landscape, for example, Loess Hills and the Iowa Great Lakes (also known as Okoboji). Sioux City is situated in this district of Iowa off of the Missouri River. Sioux City, located at the navigational head of the Missouri River, is brimming with history and has an assortment of exhibition halls and theaters.

Northern Iowa

Northern Iowa, known as the Driftless Area, is a district in the American Midwest noted for its profoundly cut waterway valleys. The city of Dubuque lies here and has many tourist attractions, for example, the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium and the Port of Dubuque.  In Dyersville, you will find the notorious baseball field from the film, Field of Dreams. 


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