Iowa does not get nearly enough credit when people talk about the best states in the union to live. With large cities in Iowa like Iowa City, Des Moines, and Ames, Iowa has lots cultural history and fun things to do. You will find some of the nicest hotels and restaurants in the entire Midwest in Iowa City, and there are many festivals that come there during the course of the year. If you look at any map of Iowa cities, you'll notice that the state is almost as landlocked as a state on the map can be, but even so, Iowa has plenty to offer its residents.
In terms of quality of life and cost of living, it does not get much better than Iowa. The people there seem to enjoy the things that they do, especially those in agriculture. This makes up a large part of the Iowa job market, so it figures that things have not slowed down much, even with the current economy. Most people in Iowa live in single family homes, and large plots of land are available for only a little bit of money. The one drawback of living in Iowa and relocating there is that you would have to get used to the harshly cold weather. During the winter months, it can be difficult to take.
For the most part, Iowa is a very safe state. Crime rates in Iowa are more than 20% lower than the national average. Crime will be higher in larger Iowa cities like Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Davenport; but that generally rings true for any major city.