Jun 11, 2024 - News

πŸ“‰ You said it: Responses about DSM's chart drop

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Last week we told you how the Des Moines metro tumbled three dozen spots on U.S. News & World Report's latest best places to live list.

State of play: Some of you offered possible reasons for our descent.

"Sadly, I'm not surprised at all that we dropped so far on the list because of what has happened with regard to education, LGBTQ+ rights, and so many other quality of life and desirability factors.

  • I have had many conversations with friends and family lately about where to move." β€” Whitney Free, Waukee

"I would guess that Iowa's score for school and healthcare took a major blow with recent education funding issues (AEA restructuring, school vouchers) and access to healthcare for women being stripped." β€” Jessica Bruning, Johnston

"Des Moines' standing as a 'best place' was doomed when the legislature attacked women's reproductive options; took away the ability of parents to seek medical care for their children without state intervention; and shifted taxpayer money from the public schools to private ones.

  • Who would move a family here; and what woman would go along willingly?" β€” Suzan Kelsey Brooks, WDM
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