Why Everyone Is Moving (Back) to Iowa — And You Might Want to Join Them

Thursday, April 11, 2019

More and more Iowans who left their home state are finding their way back, and their reasons might convince you to join them.

There’s a delightfully irreverent gift shop based in Des Moines called Raygun where you can buy t-shirts emblazoned with slogans like, “Des Moines: French for ‘The Moines’” and “Iowa: 75% Vowels. 100% Awesome.”

(I once asked a friend why Iowans are so funny. “We have to be,” he said. “We live in Iowa.”)

On the postcard rack at Raygun, among cheeky sayings like, “Wave the next time you fly over!” and, “For some reason you have to come here to be president,” you’ll find one that features a picture of a beaming mother holding a phone. The text reads, in block letters:

“Iowa: Your mom says all your friends are moving back.”

And in this case, it turns out your mom is absolutely right.

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