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Old 06-04-2014, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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Lake Wobegon only exists on PBS. There is no similar place on this planet.

I've settled in Chicago for the duration (my duration): not a bad place to live, lots going on, but be careful on the subways.

If I were 30 years younger, I would consider the NorthWest: Portland, Spokane, Seattle, Vancouver CA.
I don't know the current cost of living in Seattle, but with its mix of sea and land, I remember it as a very attractive city.
All very, very helpful information for someone specifically looking for a small town in Iowa. I guess.
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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^^^ I nearly snorted up/inhaled my coffee at that one. ^^^
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Old 06-04-2014, 01:22 PM
 
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What I thought Zea Mays was saying by referencing the fictional Lake Webegon was that there are no perfect places in Iowa or anywhere else. And of course that's true though people still search for their own little Mayberry. Even in the safest of towns these days ya should keep a close eye on your kids and keep your doors locked. Much of how perfect it is depends on ones own individual life, no matter where ya live. As far as the other bits, people do tend to ramble about where they ended up and where they would consider living if things were different. I think people's minds tend to wander and reflect when reading and responding to these kind of topics. Nothing wrong with a bit of innocent off topic rambling, everyone is guilty of that on CD.

Personally, I think the Decorah area is very pretty. In my opinion the eastern part of Iowa is prettier than the southwestern part where I live. Grinnell looks like a nice community too, and not all that far from Des Moines, which can be handy.
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:44 AM
 
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There is only one city to live in Iowa...Des Moines :-D. The Quad Cities make me feel dirty, and though Cedar Rapids is fine, the roads there are HORRIBLE...and Iowa City as pretty much stolen the retail destination scene from CR.
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Old 02-09-2015, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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There is only one city to live in Iowa...Des Moines :-D. The Quad Cities make me feel dirty, and though Cedar Rapids is fine, the roads there are HORRIBLE...and Iowa City as pretty much stolen the retail destination scene from CR.
Which is a perfectly appropriate response to "Looking for the perfect small town in Iowa!". I guess.
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Old 02-09-2015, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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^^^ LOL!
Judging by the original op's intent & by Iowa standards & those of many small to mid-sized states, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids & Davenport are not "small towns". In that order they are in fact the 3 largest cities in the state.
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Old 03-05-2015, 07:15 PM
 
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Default Avoid SW Iowa

Decorah is by far the best option as far as small towns go. i love the: Art Tour, Film Festival, and Nordic Fest! Plus the scenery is gorgeous and big cities like Minneapolis and Milwaukee aren't that far away. Luther College usually does a great job of bringing in some wonderful speakers throughout the year too. I love the Oneota Food Coop there too!!

I would caution anyone thinking of moving to most parts of SW Iowa: Anita, Atlantic, Griswold, etc., as they look like they're past their expiration date-lots of empty, rundown buildings, and poorly maintained houses. Something like 12% of Cass County's population lives below the poverty line and my guesstimate is that an equal percentage hovers just above it. I also got the impression that the people don't care too much for outsiders in these parts. But there's a great bakery in Walnut!
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Old 03-06-2015, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Minnysoda
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Decorah? Might be ok if you can find a job or have a good retirement income...Stay out of New Hampton, they are almost as close-minded and inbred as Osage is......
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Old 03-06-2015, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Calera, AL
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Decorah is by far the best option as far as small towns go. i love the: Art Tour, Film Festival, and Nordic Fest! Plus the scenery is gorgeous and big cities like Minneapolis and Milwaukee aren't that far away. Luther College usually does a great job of bringing in some wonderful speakers throughout the year too. I love the Oneota Food Coop there too!!

I would caution anyone thinking of moving to most parts of SW Iowa: Anita, Atlantic, Griswold, etc., as they look like they're past their expiration date-lots of empty, rundown buildings, and poorly maintained houses. Something like 12% of Cass County's population lives below the poverty line and my guesstimate is that an equal percentage hovers just above it. I also got the impression that the people don't care too much for outsiders in these parts. But there's a great bakery in Walnut!
Western Iowa is decaying faster than a Plutonium-233 isotope. Unless you get an offer you can't refuse (or were willed a nice tract of land), I'd heavily advise living anywhere west of Highway 169.

Loess Hills excepted, the eastern part of the state is by far the most scenic. Maybe a town like Waukon would be a decent option. There isn't much to the town in and of itself, but it is in arguably the most picturesque part of the state (Iowa portion of the Driftless Area) and isn't *too* far from La Crosse, WI. It's easily the largest metro within an hour drive. It's probably the go-to place for dining, employment, retail, and entertainment for the extreme northeastern part of the state.
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Old 03-08-2015, 12:38 AM
 
Location: Stephenville, Texas
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Decorah is by far the best option as far as small towns go. i love the: Art Tour, Film Festival, and Nordic Fest! Plus the scenery is gorgeous and big cities like Minneapolis and Milwaukee aren't that far away. Luther College usually does a great job of bringing in some wonderful speakers throughout the year too. I love the Oneota Food Coop there too!!

I would caution anyone thinking of moving to most parts of SW Iowa: Anita, Atlantic, Griswold, etc., as they look like they're past their expiration date-lots of empty, rundown buildings, and poorly maintained houses. Something like 12% of Cass County's population lives below the poverty line and my guesstimate is that an equal percentage hovers just above it. I also got the impression that the people don't care too much for outsiders in these parts. But there's a great bakery in Walnut!
Of course, if you move there, you're no longer an outsider!

Does the same apply to Shenandoah, Clarinda or Red Oak? Those are the SW Iowa small towns I'm considering.
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