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Old 12-24-2014, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Pure Michigan!
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IDK if Michigan qualifies as a Midwestern state for the sake of this thread since a lot of the people responding live in more centrally Midwestern states such as Illinois and Minnesota, but when I think of Iowa I think of cornfields, wide open spaces, livestock farms, and hardworking people. Those may all be stereotypes, but I picture it as a pleasant place, very similar to central Illinois, where I have actually been.

We once drove from Chicago to St. Louis across Illinois in the summertime and I thought it was absolutely beautiful. Sure, it was flat, but it was also lush and green, and you could see for miles and miles. The farms in that part of the Midwest seem to be larger in scope than the farms here in the Upper Midwest/Great Lakes region.
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Old 12-24-2014, 12:33 PM
 
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Is Iowa similar to Wisconsin? Or is it more similar to Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, Illinois, etc.
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Old 12-24-2014, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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I was only in the Eastern part, but there I'd say it's like a cross between Minnesota and Illinois.
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Old 12-24-2014, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Is Iowa similar to Wisconsin? Or is it more similar to Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, Illinois, etc.
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Old 12-24-2014, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Daly City (San Francisco Metro)
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It's similar to Wisconsin... but not really... as Wisconsin has Milwaukee and Madison, which are much larger cities. So maybe Wisconsin on a micro scale.

Iowa:

Moderate sized cities (Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport).
College towns (U Iowa, Iowa State).
Live and let live attitude.
More Progressive for a relatively rural state (first judiciary to pass same sex marriage, Iowa Standards for education)
Mostly agricultural besides a few moderate sized cities.
Similar to other plains areas... Minnesota & Western Wisconsin.
Political... Iowa straw poll, Iowa caucuses... 1st to vote in primaries.
Moderate.... Liberal on some issues, but conservative on others... No death penalty? But few restrictions on guns? I would say Iowa is unique. Going east to west = liberal to conservative.
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Old 12-24-2014, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Macao
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Be honest with this one! How do people in the Midwest view Iowa? For example, neighboring states like Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Nebraska, etc. Just out of curiosity, because I have some roots in Iowa on my Mothers side. Is it kind of like Alabama in the South? The butt of jokes? Not trying to sound like I'm picking on Iowa because like I said, I have roots in that state.
I'm from Michigan originally.

I view IOWA as VERY POSITIVE. It is really well-known for creative writing and literature. The people also get a ton of attention every 4 years for the Presidential Party nominations. So, I also think of it as very politically aware as well.

The only thing I dislike about it, is that it is very landlocked, and far from the Great Lakes. But, I'd rank it way higher than most Midwestern states, by a landslide.

Of course I like Michigan where I'm from. I can easily say that I'd consider Minnesota and Iowa as two of the best Midwestern states that I think most highly of in the region.
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Old 12-25-2014, 06:30 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Iowa is generally considered pretty progressive....Kansas not so much.
Anytime I see progressive, I instantly think high taxes. It is my only fear about Iowa. The state is too liberal.
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Old 12-25-2014, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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The only thing I dislike about it, is that it is very landlocked, and far from the Great Lakes. But, I'd rank it way higher than most Midwestern states, by a landslide.
Davenport is closer to Lake Michigan than Cincinnati is to Lake Erie, and Mason City is as close to Lake Superior as St. Louis is to Lake Michigan.
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Old 12-25-2014, 11:34 AM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Insecure about what, exactly? Minnesota is consistently at the top of the rankings nationally (let alone in the Midwest) for a plethora of things...there's not really anything to be insecure about.
Because we are honestly a pretty insignificant state that doesn't get much national attention so certain people feel the need to go out of their way to prove to the world how much better we are than other states (by constantly talking crap).

I honestly admire the low profile image we have.
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Old 12-25-2014, 11:36 AM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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It's similar to Wisconsin... but not really... as Wisconsin has Milwaukee and Madison, which are much larger cities. So maybe Wisconsin on a micro scale.

Iowa:

Moderate sized cities (Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport).
College towns (U Iowa, Iowa State).
Live and let live attitude.
More Progressive for a relatively rural state (first judiciary to pass same sex marriage, Iowa Standards for education)
Mostly agricultural besides a few moderate sized cities.
Similar to other plains areas... Minnesota & Western Wisconsin.
Political... Iowa straw poll, Iowa caucuses... 1st to vote in primaries.
Moderate.... Liberal on some issues, but conservative on others... No death penalty? But few restrictions on guns? I would say Iowa is unique. Going east to west = liberal to conservative.
So pretty much just like the majority of states in the country.
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