31 May 2021
If you’re looking anew for a place to pursue the American Dream, Iowa merits consideration. In March, U.S. News & World Report ranked the vast and rural heartland state as tops in the nation for opportunity. As a place to get ahead, Iowa was assessed as No. 4 for affordability, No. 12 for economic opportunity and No. 27 for equality.
While welcome, the ranking comes as no surprise to Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and the Iowa Finance Authority.
“What our research shows,” Durham says, “is that people are looking for affordability. Millennials are looking to move out of these downtown lofts and to find more space outside. They’re looking for economic vitality, and Iowa has always had a really strong economy.”