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  • The Rose of Des Moines

    The Rose of Des Moines

    1330 19th Street, Des Moines, IA 50314
    (7)
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    About The Rose of Des Moines The Rose of Des Moines offers one-bedroom and two-bedroom affordable assisted living in spacious private apartments with 24-hour monitoring and assisted living services available on-site and social programming in beautifully appointed community areas, including...

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  • Ramsey Village

    Ramsey Village

    1611 27th Street, Des Moines, IA 50310
    (14)
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    Ramsey Village Continuing Care Retirement Community located on 10-acres of beautiful landscapped land provides a full range of choices for today's seniors. Choosing a senior living community represents a lifestyle choice and we understand that our residents are choosing much more than a comfortable...

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  • Virginia Park

    Virginia Park

    2111 East Virginia Ave., Des Moines, IA 50320
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    Virginia Park Apartments is a lovely, contemporary two-story building surrounded by a spacious, open lawn, which boasts mature trees and colorful flower gardens. This community is located just minutes from downtown Des Moines. Within walking distance is a grocery store and convenience store. The...

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  • Beaverdale Estates

    Beaverdale Estates

    4610 Douglas Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310
    (39)
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    Beaverdale Estates provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. What better place to make your home than in a happy, family-like community surrounded by all the things that make life rich. If you'd like to spend an afternoon out, you can travel a short ways toward the...

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  • The Rose of East Des Moines

    1331 Idaho Street, Des Moines, IA 50316
    (7)
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    The Rose of East Des Moines is an independent living community located in Des Moines, IA. Des Moines is a part of the counties of Polk and Warren. Centrally located in downtown Des Moines, residents have easy access to hospitals, parks, shopping, and fine dining. Just about anything residents could...

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  • Shelly Rose Estates

    3721 Indianola Rd, Des Moines, IA 50320
    (3)
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    Shelly Rose Estates is a high-quality senior housing community located in the Midwestern city of Des Moines, Polk County, Ohio. Des Moines offers many opportunities to experience cultural activities and events, such as attending the Des Moines Symphony and visiting the many local art galleries and...

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  • The Shores at Pleasant Hill

    The Shores at Pleasant Hill

    1500 Edgewater Drive, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327
    (13)
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    Welcome to The Shores of Pleasant Hill.  We provide independent living, assisted living, and memory care — a flexible range of support, without a buy-in.  The building is remarkable; up on a hill, overlooking Copper Creek Lake.  Likewise, the interior has many comforts, and a...

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  • The Lodge of Ashworth, Inc.

    The Lodge of Ashworth, Inc.

    909 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines, IA 50265
    (14)
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    The Lodge of Ashworth was the first resort retirement community to emerge in Iowa. The Lodge offers one, two and three bedroom suites with unique and interesting floor plans. The Lodge is close to shopping, churches, and community amenities and services. The resort setting and appeal of The Lodge...

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  • The Reserve on Walnut Creek

    The Reserve on Walnut Creek

    2727 82nd Pl, Urbandale, IA 50322
    (10)
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    Unity Point - Des Moines is the sponsor of The Reserve on Walnut Creek, a housing alternative for independent people age 60 years and older with middle to upper income. The community is located just north of Hickman, on a little over five acres of land. The Reserve is barrier free and has sound...

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  • Illahee Hills

    Illahee Hills

    8308 Colby Parkway, Urbandale, IA 50322
    (25)
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    Illahee Hills is a senior living community here in Urbandale that is kind of a hidden gem. We are located atop a hill in a quiet residential neighborhood. We have been here more than 25 years, and have employees that have been with us since we opened! Within walking distance we have a large grocery...

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  • Edencrest at Siena Hills

    Edencrest at Siena Hills

    455 SW Ankeny Rd, Ankeny, IA 50023
    (3)
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    Edencrest at Siena Hills Assisted Living and Memory Care is your community of choice in Ankeny! We are committed to providing Red Carpet Treatment for everyone who lives, works, and visits Siena Hills. Red Carpet Treatment is more than simple hospitality; it is our way of life! Our 'Resident First'...

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  • Edencrest at The Legacy

    Edencrest at The Legacy

    2901 Cedar St, Norwalk, IA 50211
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    Edencrest at The Legacy is the fifth retirement living community in the Edencrest series, offering 40 apartments of Independent Living, Assisted Living, Closer Care and Memory Care to the Norwalk community. As a resident at The Legacy, you'll enjoy freedom of choice when it comes to our wide range...

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  • Edgewater

    9225 Cascade Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266
    (2)
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    Edgewater, a WesleyLife community, is characterized by quality that is second to none and our commitment to making every part of life a positive experience. We believe that: Real Wellness promotes good health for your entire mind, body and spirit. True Hospitality encourages personal choice and...

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  • Legacy Pointe Senior Living

    Legacy Pointe Senior Living

    1650 SE Holiday Crest Circle, Waukee, IA 50263
    (36)
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    An extraordinary retirement community for active seniors age 55 and older. Theculture is one where our residents truly Thrive. A wide array of Community Life events occur each day. Whether it's enjoying a cup of coffee at our Cafe, Working out in the Fitness Center, A friendly Billiards or...

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  • Thomas Place at Waukee

    Thomas Place at Waukee

    560 SE Brick Dr, Waukee, IA 50263
    (5)
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    Thomas Place at Waukee opened in March of 2011. We are a smoke free, pet free independent living apartment community. We offer many features in our building to help keep you independent such as indoor mailroom, indoor heated parking garage, exercise room, hair salon and more. Our grounds offer...

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  • Attivo Trail

    Attivo Trail

    835 NE Boston Parkway, Waukee, IA 50263
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    Find friendship, fun, activity and entertainment at the brand new Attivo Trail 55+ Active Living Apartment Homes in Waukee, Iowa. Fill your days doing the things you love, from spending time outdoors on our community trail to inviting friends over to relax in your stylish home. See our one and two...

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  • Alice Place Apartments

    Alice Place Apartments

    255 SE Brick, Waukee, IA 50263
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    Alice Place Apartments is a brand new complex located on the Eastern edge of Waukee. We offer 1 and 2 bedroom units with all appliances. This includes the washer/dryer , stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave in each unit. Each resident is given a storage unit at no charge and has access to...

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  • East Town Apartments

    East Town Apartments

    400 East 8th Street South, Newton, IA 50208
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    Quiet Retirement Community for residents 55 and older.One and two bedroom spacious apartments. Safe, Fenced, well lite property. All Units come with Garage & Storage unit with all utilities included except electricity!

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  • Vriendschap Village Senior Living

    Vriendschap Village Senior Living

    2602 Fifield Rd, Pella, IA 50219
    (2)
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    Vriendschap Village Over twenty years of experience have taught us that today's seniors want more choices and are leading a more active lifestyle than generations before. That's why at Vriendschap Village we created an Independent Living, Assisted Living & Memory Care community filled with options,...

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  • Glenwood Place

    Glenwood Place

    2907 South 6th Street, Marshalltown, IA 50158
    (7)
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    At Glenwood Place, we know the difference between truly living life to its fullest and just getting by. In fact, we playfully and lovingly refer to our community as a 'cruise ship on land!' Our proven track record of excellent care and premier lifestyle is the perfect fit for any retiree. From our...

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  • The Tallcorn

    2 North 2nd Ave, Marshalltown, IA 50158
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    CommonBond builds stable homes, strong futures, and vibrant communities. The Tallcorn has 49 affordable unique 1 & 2 bedroom urban loft style apartments. (minimum & maximum income qualifications apply)

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  • Swan Place

    Swan Place

    1024 E. 12th Street, Carroll, IA 51401
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    Swan Place is located in the picturesque small town of Carroll, Iowa. We are on the east end of town just one block south of Northeast Park. Our beautiful community evokes images of country living, with its large front porch and white picket fence in front. We have two enclosed courtyards where...

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  • Bristol Manor of Princeton

    Bristol Manor of Princeton

    200 N Fullerton Street, Princeton, MO 64673
    (1)
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    Services provided at no additional cost: Private room and private bath 3 nutritious meals per day and snacks Medication administration including insulin administration Housekeeping services Laundry service Activities Our company has been providing care for Seniors since 1990 when we built our first...

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  • Bristol Manor of Unionville

    Bristol Manor of Unionville

    715 N 22nd Street/ Highway 5 North, Unionville, MO 63565
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    Services provided at no additional cost: Private room and private bath 3 nutritious meals per day and snacks Medication administration including insulin administration Housekeeping services Laundry service Activities Our company has been providing care for Seniors since 1990 when we built our first...

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  • Mallard Point

    Mallard Point

    2603 Orchard Drive, Cedar Falls, IA 50613
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    Mallard Point provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. Conveniently situated near Waterloo and Cedar Falls, Mallard Point offers something for everyone. And we're just minutes from shopping, golf and the Isle of Capri Casino. You'll love coming home to Mallard Point...

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  • The Rose of Waterloo

    421 Oak Avenue, Waterloo, IA 50703
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    About The Rose of Waterloo The Rose of Waterloo offers one-bedroom and two-bedroom affordable assisted living in spacious private apartments with 24-hour monitoring and assisted living services available on-site and social programming in beautifully appointed community areas, including central...

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  • Bristol Manor of Bethany

    Bristol Manor of Bethany

    811 S 24th Street, Bethany, MO 64424
    (2)
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    Services provided at no additional cost: Private room and private bath 3 nutritious meals per day and snacks Medication administration including insulin administration Housekeeping services Laundry service Activities Our company has been providing care for Seniors since 1990 when we built our first...

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  • The Rose of Ames

    1315 Coconino Road, Ames, IA 50014
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    The Rose of Ames independent living community is located in Ames, Iowa. The community has 56 units situated in a tranquil residential neighborhood on the border of Ames in Story County. It is also located in a part that has low crime rates making it quite safe for residents. The Mary Greeley Medical...

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  • Hancock Apartments

    1130 Hancock Drive, Boone, IA 50036
    (1)
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    Hancock Apartments is a senior housing complex located in the city of Boone which is the county seat of Boone County, Iowa. With a real community feel in a comfortable neighborhood, Hancock Apartments is a wonderful choice for your new place of residence. Boone is a small but interesting city with...

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  • Benton Place Apartments

    520 Benton Ave W, Albia, IA 52531
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    Benton Place Apartments is an affordable and pleasant senior housing community located in the charming city of Albia in Monroe County, Iowa. Albia is a quiet but active community with friendly citizens. Albia hosts many different community events, such as shows and farmer's markets. Must-sees are...

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  • Oakwood Terrace

    400 West Elm, Princeton, MO 64673
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    Oakwood Terrace senior housing is in Princeton town, Mercer County, Missouri. The low-income housing is only a two-hour drive Northeast of Kansas City. The 55+ who are looking for convenient onsite accommodation will be attracted to our all bills paid 35 senior apartments. From our apartments, the...

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  • Bridges

    214 Washington St, Waterloo, IA 50701
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    Bridges is an independent living community based in the calm neighborhoods of Waterloo in Black Hawk County, IA. The lovely terrain and fresh atmosphere in which our community is located gives our residents a beautiful place to lead an independent life. Discover convenience and accessibility...

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  • Hotel President

    500 Sycamore Street, Waterloo, IA 50703
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    We have beautiful studio and 1 bedroom apartments completely renovated that feature new carpet, new hardwood floors, new cabinets, new stove, refrigerators, sinks, and microwaves. We offer a home buddy personal emergency response system that features no base station and does not require a landline...

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  • Bishop Drumm Retirement Center

    5837 Winwood Dr, Johnston, IA 50131
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  • Deerfield a CCRC

    13731 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50323
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  • Meadows Independent Living

    1200 2nd St SW, Clarion, IA 50525
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  • Rosewood Estate

    1117 Maxhelen Blvd, Waterloo, IA 50702
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Des Moines, Iowa

Independent Living

An Independent Living Community allows residents the chance to continue to live their active lives while ensuring their basic needs have been fulfilled. Residents may continue to use their free time as they desire while their meals are prepared by a professional chef, housekeeping and laundry duties are taken care of by staff, and social activities are scheduled and organized. Along with their daily needs being met, residents can enjoy an opportunity to live among peers, in a community with others of similar age groups and interests. Typically comprised of a private living space and a full kitchen, these communities offer residences with many of the amenities of apartment life but with none of the hassle. Guests can be invited over and entertained, and there will be more time to spend with them with the basic maintenance of daily chores out of the way. While policies vary between locations, many residences allow cats and dogs as well. If medical or nursing assistance is desired, residents may always enlist the services of private caregivers. There are a number of expenditures and benefits to consider while choosing an independent living community. It is important to determine if these services are covered in the plan: field trips, laundry, move-in fee, meals, housekeeping, transportation, parking, and private phone. The amenities that pertain to independent living include concierge services, game/TV room, community activities, restaurant-style dining hall, beauty salon & barber shop, private rental hall, golf course, and transportation.

Local Hospitals and Health Care Providers

Proximity to hospitals is an important consideration when choosing the right care option. In total, there are 4 hospitals located in Des Moines which offer emergency services and other healthcare. The top hospitals in Des Moines include Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Iowa Methodist Medical Center, and Broadlawns Medical Center.

Demographics and Values

In Des Moines, 6.4% of the population are veterans of the United States armed forces. Des Moines is considered very friendly to members of the LGBTQ+ community. In Des Moines, 53.8% are nonbelievers. In terms of non-Christian denominations in Des Moines, out of the total population 0.4% practice Judaism, 0.2% practice an Eastern religion, and 0.4% practice Islam. In terms of Christian denominations, out of the total population of Des Moines 15.1% practice Catholicism, 6.8% are Lutherans, and 6.7% practice another Chrisitan faith. Out of the total population of Des Moines, 18.1% live in poverty, 13.7% have some form of disability, 70.7% participate in the labor force, and 5.5% are widowed. During the last presidential election, 51.7% voted Democrat, 7.9% voted for a third party candidate, and 40.4% voted Republican in Polk county. The current population of Des Moines is shrinking at a rate of -0.001%. Des Moines has a population density of 952 people per square mile. Based on gender, 49.3% are male and 50.7% are female. In Des Moines, 23.0% of the population are over the age of 55, 9.5% are over the age of 60, 4.5% are over the age of 70, and 3.0% are over the age of 80. The median age of Des Moines is 34 years old. Racially, the population of Des Moines is 6.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, 2.5% other or not specified, 11.0% black, 3.9% mixed race, 13.1% Hispanic, 0.5% Native American, and 76.1% white. In terms of crime, Des Moines has 6.7 violent crimes per 1000 residents and 44.1 property crimes per 1000 residents. In terms of education, 25.2% have a college degree, 7.6% have a graduate degree, and 30.5% have a high-school diploma.

Cost of Living

Cost of living is a major influence in deciding which destination is best for you or your loved one. In terms of resources, Des Moines has a grocery index rating of 92.9 and a cost-of-living index of around 85.9. Index ratings are founded on a scale where 100 is the national average and any score under 100 is less pricey than the average amount. The rent burden for Des Moines is around 18.4% of the average person's monthly income. The median monthly rent in Des Moines is around $992 and the median price for a house for Des Moines is $123,403.

Regional Climate and Weather Information

According to many seniors, climate and weather are the most significant factors in selecting a care community. Monthly, Des Moines gets approximately 3 inches of precipitation. The most precipitation normally occurs in June with an average of 7 inches during the month. For snowfall, Des Moines gets on average 32.90 inches of snow. On average, the air quality index rating in Des Moines is approximately 41.5. The average air quality conditions are rated as good. This means that there is no health advisory associated with the air quality for this destination. The air quality index rating is at its peak level during the month of December at about 58.8. During this time, the average air quality conditions are rated moderate. This means that those who are unusually sensitive should consider limiting the amount of time spent on outdoor exertion. Des Moines has a hot-summer humid continental type of climate. On average, Des Moines has a humidity rating of approximately 70%. The average humidity levels peak in the month of December at around 75%. In the summer, Des Moines is around 76°F. The summer high temperature peaks at approximately 89°F during the month of July. The low summer temperature is around 62°F during the month of June. Over the wintertime, the average temperature in Des Moines dips to approximately 27°F. The high winter temperature will rise to roughly 39°F during the month of February. The low winter temperature is approximately 14 °F during the month of January.

State Information

An overview of Iowa

The state of Iowa has a cost of living index of 91.8 where a score of 100 is the national average, and anything below 100 is considered less expensive than the national average. The state has a grocery index rating of 95.9 and a housing index rating of 79.6. Overall, Iowa ranks 14th out of all states in quality of life and 20th in healthcare. Residents of Iowa enjoy its natural beauty which ranks 32nd in the United States. The state of Iowa has 120 hospitals and 75 health centers, providing care to a population of 3,168,703. Mercy Hospital, St. Lukes Hospital, and And Mercy Medical Center ̢РCedar Rapids are among the top three highest ranked hospitals in the state.

Social demographics of the state

The state of Iowa ranks 43rd in the country for diversity, and the state is considered LGBTQ friendly. The median age in the state is 38, and 30% of the population is over the age of 55. In the last presidential election 42% of Iowa residents voted Democrat and 51% voted Republican. Thirty-six percent of Iowa residents regularly attend a religious service from one of the state's 5,107 different congregations. The top three non-Christian denominations in the state are Jewish-<1%, Muslim-<1%, and Buddhist-<1%, with the most common Christian denominations consisting of Evangelical Protestant-28%, Mainline Protestant-30%, and Historically Black Protestant-2%. In Iowa there are 289 masonic lodges.

State-wide weather information

The average temperature in the winter falls to around 22°F. The average high winter temperature is around 40°F in the month of February. The average low temperature during the winter drops to around 4°F in the month of January. The average temperature in the summer rises to around 72°F. Over the summer months the average high temperature peaks at around 88°F during the month of July. The average low summer temperature is around 55°F in the month of June. On average, Iowa has an air quality index rating of around 41.2 AQI. The highest seasonal air quality index rating occurs in the month of May with a rating of 53.8 AQI. On average, the humidity rating for Iowa is around 72%. Humidity levels tend to reach their peak in the month of December at around 78%. The average monthly precipitation for the state of Iowa is around 2.93 inches. The average amount of precipitation peaks during the month of July at around 6.46 inches. While residents of Iowa mostly enjoy pleasant conditions, it's important to be aware of inclement weather as well, which in Iowa can include floods and earthquakes (high).

Wildlife to be found in Iowa

The state of Iowa has a diverse array of plant and animal life. Local plant life can consist of bunchberry, cinnamon ferns, twinleaf, and arrowgrass. While venturing throughout the state, you might see animals such as the bear, the porcupine, the coyote, or the mountain lion. The state animal of Iowa is the eastern goldfinch.