- Dec 2011
- Iowa USA
Iowa certainly doesn't have top 50 metro area.Thanks!
Yeah, the existence of the Twin Cities in Minnesota might be a part of Iowa's low population growth rate. That said, though, Iowa simply doesn't appear to have many large cities or even large metropolitan areas. In other words, there just doesn't appear to be much appeal to Iowa for city-dwellers. Maybe if global warming ruins the southern part of the US, though, then Iowa would subsequently experience a lot of population growth.
BTW, it looks like the Obama Administration tried to encourage inner-city Blacks from Chicago to settle in Iowa: AFFH Preview: Obama's HUD Takes-Over Dubuque, Iowa | National Review Thus, I guess that not all hope is lost for Iowa!
I would be VERY surprised if Des Moines metro area isn't top 150, though.
When you include all the population within a 45 minute drive of downtown Des Moines, it is easily about 30 percent of the State's population, so just about one million.
For urban people, there are certainly enough amenities "to survive" in Des Moines, while they could be desperate if stuck in Iowa City/Cedar Rapids or the Quad Cities, understood.