Iowa is the 26th largest state in America, and the 30th most populous, but to the people who live there, it’s anything but average. The Hawkeye State is one of beautiful contrasts, from thriving cities to rolling hills and plains and stunning lakes, and it is little wonder that increasing numbers of people are choosing to make it their home. There are still plenty of affordable properties to buy or rent across the state however, making it an ideal choice for young families or first-time buyers or renters. With that in mind, let’s look at three of the best places to rent property in Iowa.
The state capital of Iowa, Des Moines has something for everybody, so it deserves primary consideration if you’re planning to relocate to the state. Its name bears tribute to the French history of Iowa, but while there are still stunning colonial buildings to be seen, it’s a very modern and forward-looking city. Its Wells Fargo History Museum holds fascinating exhibits from the company’s history, and Des Moines is also particularly attractive to music lovers thanks to its world-famous Metro Arts Jazz festival that takes place every summer. You can find apartments in Des Moines to suit all budgets, and they provide great value when you consider the city’s high quality schools and excellent transport infrastructure.
The city of Ames is approximately 30 miles to the north of Des Moines, and while it’s not nearly as large, with a population of approximately 70,000, it certainly doesn’t lack in charm. It has many buildings that date back to its nineteenth century origins, but it has a young and vibrant feel as well thanks to its site as the home of Iowa State University. The Campustown district is home to the student population of Ames, and it also hosts enough nightclubs and bars to suit all tastes in music. Ames resident Neva Morris made history by living in the city for the entire 114 years of her life, which bears testament to its appeal.
Bettendorf, found near to the border with Illinois, is a picture postcard example of a midwestern town. One of its main attractions is its waterfront location on the banks of the mighty Mississippi. The waterfront is where you’ll find its convention center and a number of exciting retail outlets, but Bettendorf also has more than its fair share of top quality museums. It’s a town that welcomes families and that has a younger population than most of Iowa, which is why it’s a perfect location for the Family Museum of Arts and Science. This museum is educational as well as fun, qualities that sum up Bettendorf’s attractions well.
There are affordable homes to buy in all of these areas, but their numbers of superior quality rental properties make them a great choice for those who aren’t ready to invest in bricks and mortar just yet. Des Moines in particular offers a wide and varied choice when it comes to the rental market, and with a low crime rate and all the facilities you’d expect in a city of its size, it’s often the first choice for people moving to Iowa.