Much of the state — more than 80% — is farmland, which can be a blessing or a curse, depending on the nature and interests of retirees. Many folks are pleased with the small-town feel across Iowa, while people seeking more urban locales might not be as satisfied here.
Still, besides farmland, the state is home to numerous lakes, as well as hills, both of which offer retirees opportunities for boating, fishing, bicycling and hiking.
While some small towns in Iowa might feel remote, the state does boast a low cost of living compared to the national average, and an extremely low unemployment rate. That said, it’s important to also note that the top state income tax is nearly 9%.
Con: High top state income tax rate
Best For: Farm lovers
Cost of Living: 11% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $183,600
Top State Income Tax: 8.98%