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Old 01-19-2011, 06:29 AM
 
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My partner and I are looking into moving to Iowa. We are trying to look up places that are the most gay friendly but want to know from people who live or have lived there. We are not really into huge cities. We are looking for a smaller town. We are looking into Keokuk,Iowa but are not sure about it. We would like to know of places that are around that size. We are more into the country look. We don't really care about clubs and big city feel. We are not into art or any other things that people thing lesbians like. We just want a nice town that we can raise kids in and they will not be made fun of. A town that will not call us names and look at us weird if we are holding hands walking down the street.
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Old 01-19-2011, 08:13 AM
 
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Define "big city". I would certainly say eastern or western areas of Iowa City (hence not downtown with all the college kids), Coralville or North Liberty would treat you just fine. The area has culture, and although it's not "small town", its certainly not "big city". You can get anywhere in town within about 20 minutes for the most part. Around 100,000 in the urban area. Very gay friendly. You won't stick out, and people will treat you fine.

Keokuk is going to be a little more conservative, smaller and has been pretty stagnant for decades now. Don't know much about it, so I won't judge, but I have heard people say ill things about the area.
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Coralville/Ames, IA
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I agree with Chicago60614 above, Iowa City is likely the most gay-friendly metro in the state. I knew people with gay parents in high school in Iowa City and they were treated like everyone else. I even had gay teachers. Unfortunately, most of the more accepting areas of the state happen to be the state's larger cities, like Iowa City and Des Moines.

However, I might also suggest a town like Mount Vernon, which has a small liberal arts college. It has a small-town feel, but it is overall a bit more liberal than most towns its size due to the presence of the college, and because the eastern half of the state tends to be more liberal in general. Grinnell and Decorah are other towns that comes to mind. All three are nice, although I think I prefer Mount Vernon (partly due to its proximity to CR and IC, for shopping and amenities).

For the record, I am gay, and I have never had any issues in Iowa. But I usually stick to Iowa City and the Des Moines/Ames area. I have family from a small town in southern Iowa, and knowing the attitudes there, I'd never choose to live in a small town (other than the ones I've mentioned, and a few others). Much of the state is very conservative. That said, there certainly are places where you will feel comfortable, and I wish you the best of luck in finding one that suits you.

Feel free to ask any more questions you might have. We're all happy to help!
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:44 AM
 
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Do you know anything about the price range for the houses in the towns you have suggested? We are wanting to buy a house with around 3 bedrooms but don't wanna spend a huge amount for one because we wouldn't be able to get a big loan for one. We are looking for a smaller town that is gay friendly but is cheaper to live in.

Thanks for helping us
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Coralville/Ames, IA
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Here are some links to real estate listings for the towns I suggested:

Grinnell: Grinnell Real Estate - Listings of Homes for Sale in Grinnell, IA - Realtor.com®

Mount Vernon: Homes for sale in Mount Vernon, IA - Mount Vernon Real Estate - Realtor.com®

Decorah: Friest & Associates (http://listings.friest.com/contentdisplay.asp?id=reslistings&ptype=1&level=2 - broken link)
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Old 01-21-2011, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Scott County, IA
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Look at a map of Iowa and cut it in half with a vertical line. Move to somewhere in the Eastern half of the state.

You will probably be fine anywhere, but the Eastern side of the state is somewhat more liberal in most cases.

Houses are cheap in Iowa compared almost to anywhere in the country.
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Old 01-21-2011, 03:33 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for the help and info.

If anyone still knows anything about keokuk we would like to know. we are just wanting to know about it some more. we are looking at all the places that are suggested but would like to know more about keokuk.
Does anyone know if they are gay friendly there?
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:42 AM
 
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Why are you interested in Keokuk? In my experience, the Iowa City area is the most gay friendly small city in Iowa. As someone already mentioned, North Liberty, Coralville, and Mt. Vernon are the going to be similarly friendly. I currently live and work in Des Moines, which is larger than Iowa City, but still a smaller city, and it also appears to be pretty accepting of gay families, although some areas more than others.

I have only lived in Iowa for about 4 years now, but in my experience, the cities are more open and almost anywhere in the country is more conservative (not meant in a political way, but that too, just more socially conservative). Grinnell may be the exception because of the college there. I do know that you can get a very nice house in Grinnell for a reasonable price, but from what I hear the employment opportunities are pretty slim there, as well as anywhere outside the urban areas.

Good luck.
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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This is Iowa. You can find affordable housing (in decent neighborhoods) in our largest city -- Des Moines or anywhere for that matter. You can live at the edge of the city (or one of the 'burb) if you want to see corn fields nearby.

Honestly, I can't imagine anyone every complaining about Des Moines or Cedar Rapids or Iowa City or etc.etc as being too big. What are you concerned about that you might find in an Iowa "big" (hard not to laugh) city?
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:12 PM
 
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The reason we are asking about keokuk is because iowa city has almost 69,000 people and keokuk has about 11,000. we like to small town feeling away from the cities. we lived in cities but don't like all the people. we want to live somewhere away from a city. we were looking to live in a small town by the Mississippi river. we are not just about Keokuk. we are just wanting to know about small towns by the river that are the most accepting.
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