Livability: Why is everyone moving back to Iowa?

There’s a delightfully irreverent gift shop based in Des Moines called Raygun where you can buy T-shirts emblazoned with slogans like, “Des Moines: French for ‘The Moines’” and “Iowa: 75% Vowels. 100% Awesome.”

(I once asked a friend why Iowans are so funny. “We have to be,” he said. “We live in Iowa.”)

On the postcard rack at Raygun, among cheeky sayings like, “Wave the next time you fly over!” and, “For some reason you have to come here to be president,” you’ll find one that features a picture of a beaming mother holding a phone. The text reads, in block letters:

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