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Old 01-11-2016, 10:53 AM
 
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Sometimes the opposite is true, though. I personally have found it more difficult to fit into a small community if you do not fit the 'mold' of what the average person is like/is expected to be like in that area, whereas in a larger area, people tend to be more open and accepting of others who are different than themselves.
I'll have to agree with this analysis. I spent a lot of time (over a year) in a small community just north of Cedar Rapids (pop 5000) and found there to be a lot of gossip by the locals and some sneering looks. I also spent time in a town further north of Waterloo with the same attitude (pop 5000). Both these towns didn't have a college which probably makes a difference. It's been 5 years since I was in Fairfield but I was not impressed ... not even with their university. It may have changed some in the meantime though.
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Old 01-11-2016, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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I lived there for a while in about...1997-98. I was not impressed. The number of businesses seemed very limited. Everybody shopped at Walmart. It looks like they have opened a Hy-Vee since then though, so maybe there are other new businesses as well.
Interesting. I think my first trip to Fairfield - other than passing through on 34 - was in 1994 when I started dating a girl from the area. There was a Hy-Vee there at that time, and it was already several years old. Might have even been on their second building.

Update: Just to make sure I was remembering correctly, I dug a little deeper. Turns out Hy-Vee has been in Fairfield since 1953. It was the first store opened by Hyde & Vrendenburg under the Hy-Vee moniker.

Care to try again?

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Old 01-11-2016, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Iowa, USA
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Hmm. Maybe I was wrong. It seemed like we had to go to Walmart for almost anything. Maybe I wasn't impressed with the Hy-Vee for some reason (and I detest Walmart, so it's not like I would have preferred Walmart over Hy-Vee for anything). I didn't spend a lot of time in Fairfield. I was working for my parent's small business near Des Moines a lot that summer and usually just in Fairfield on the weekends. Then we moved. The only positive thing I remember about being there was going to some little local ice cream place. Otherwise, I don't remember much. (I also made a lot of trips to Iowa City, and stopped in Kalona for cheese curds, which I read has closed ).

I'm not trying to poke at Fairfield because it's a small town or anything. I just didn't think it stood out as being anything fantastic. But perhaps it's better (i.e. has more options, more energy) than other small towns in that part of the state, what with the university. Maybe if I had been in a different stage in my life then, I would have sought out more from the town.
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Old 01-12-2016, 12:26 AM
 
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Well, I'll step in. I lived nearish to Fairfield in 2011-12. I met many nice people who do live there. Fairfied in no way is typical of small town Iowa, due to the University and the people it draws. I wanted to like it, but just didn't. It doesn't have the natural beauty of Northeast Iowa, and it was gd hot the few times I made it there for a visit.


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OP may very well want to explore Fairfield. I'm sure they'd meet many like minded folks there, and it may be right up their alley.
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Old 06-30-2016, 11:38 PM
 
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We are trying to decidWe're looking primarily for an affordable yet "earthy" city with outdoor opportunities nearby. Also vegan-friendly
Fairfield.
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Old 07-01-2016, 07:10 PM
 
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I would consider Iowa one of the least interesting states to live in within the context of "living outdoors." I mean, there is a lot of open space yes, there's just not much going on in terms of scenery, flora, or fauna. Compare it to a state like Minnesota which has thousands of amazing glacially carved lakes or Montana which has mountain ranges, trout streams, and elk herds. Iowa has.....nothing really.
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Old 07-02-2016, 12:29 AM
 
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I would consider Iowa one of the least interesting states to live in within the context of "living outdoors." I mean, there is a lot of open space yes, there's just not much going on in terms of scenery, flora, or fauna. Compare it to a state like Minnesota which has thousands of amazing glacially carved lakes or Montana which has mountain ranges, trout streams, and elk herds. Iowa has.....nothing really.
I personally don't think it's that bad, it has the drift less area,
The Loess Hills and The Ledges, but yes it really does not have very much in the way of outdoors stuff unfortunately but it's not the worst.
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Old 07-02-2016, 07:13 AM
 
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I personally don't think it's that bad, it has the drift less area,
The Loess Hills and The Ledges, but yes it really does not have very much in the way of outdoors stuff unfortunately but it's not the worst.
No, it's far from the worst, it's just far from the best as well.
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Old 07-02-2016, 11:02 AM
 
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Actually, I did a little investigation and at least in terms of quantity of public use land, Iowa ranks 49th in the United States at 1.06%. Only Kansas offers less land for its residents to use.

http://www.nrcm.org/documents/publiclandownership.pdf
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