My hubby may be transferred to Fort Madison with his job. We are just researching now before coming out for the official interviews and such.
My main question is should we live in Fort Madison or Burlington (or neighboring area)? I'm not sure if we will rent or buy but we definately need a house not an apartment.
We're a bit of a nomadic family . . . this will be our fifth city in six years. We have learned how to make the best out of wher we find ourselves but I like to be prepared. Currently, my husband commutes an hour and forty five minutes to work each way (so we don't have to live in a town of 500). . . so we're ok with a bit of a commute (45 minutes max) but would love for him not to have the crazy schedule he has now.
We have two toddlers and are looking for a good environment for young children (preschools, elementary schools, activities, and such). We've lived in large cities as well as very small ones. I have gathered that Fort Madison is rather small and that Burlington might have more to offer by way of convienences. I'd love to hear pros and cons on each.
I stay home now but may eventually want to pursue the MSN program at Uof I . . . how bad is the commute in to Iowa City?
Do folks that live in Fort Madison shop in Burlington or is the community pretty self sufficient?
What is the healthcare like in Fort Madison . . . I know there's a hospital but is it one of those situations where you have to be bleeding to death and still consider driving to the larger city?
I've lived a lot of places but Iowa would be the farthest north by a bit . . . I know it's cold but if anyone can compare the weather for me to say . . . Denver or Indianapolis that would help me conceptualize. Do you just stay in for four months of the year? (That's what I'm picturing).
We like to hike (we're in the Southwest now) and road bike . . . what is this area like for outdoors things (recreation type things and camping . . . we're NOT into hunting, fishing).
I suppose that's enough to get me started . . . thank you for your time.