So here's a piece of news (okay, opinion) that goes contrary to the desolate picture of Iowa painted by UI journalism prof Stephen Bloom. According to the Street.com, Iowa City is the #1 best place to move to if you need a new start:
This city is home to the University of Iowa, which helps contribute to its 4.7% jobless rate and 16.1% singles population.
Located on the Iowa River, Iowa City served as Iowa's territorial capital from 1841 to 1857, and the Old Capitol Building is still a local landmark.
"Iowa City really is a nice town," Sperling says. "It has an attractive downtown, a well-educated population and a great community feel to it."
That's pretty cool. Ironic that I left Iowa City, although I wasn't exactly looking for a new start. I'm not sure where they get the population figure, unless it's the metro area + the university students. And that also makes me wonder about the 16% singles stat. I have no reason to doubt that, but a good deal of that must be students. Anecdotally, former colleagues of mine who were single found romance rather difficult to come by.