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Old 06-28-2011, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Greater Seattle, WA Metro Area
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Native born Iowan here...lived there the first 22 years of my life. People are very helpful and friendly. Case in point...my parents live in the Sioux City IA/ Dakota Dunes SD area which is currently flooding in serious proportions. The helpfulness and outreach of total strangers is a common experience in Iowa (and the Midwest in general IMO). So much so, that you let a virtual stranger help you without thinking they are in it for something. That's the culture in most of Iowa. When I moved to TX (very friendly state) I was right at home because it felt like Iowa in that regard.
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Old 06-29-2011, 02:13 PM
 
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In my opinion the world is getting smaller. Differences in regions are becoming less obvious. Iowans can be as nice, rude, friendly or stand-offish as the rest of the country.

I grew up in Iowa, have lived on the west coast and now live in Chicago and I can't really tell a difference in how people act.
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Old 06-30-2011, 09:01 AM
 
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I agree with Dport7674---people are people. There are a$$h*%*&s everywhere --in Iowa and in the Bronx-- and there are awesome, altruistic folks everywhere. Its easy to overgeneralize and look at all Iowas as being "boy howdy, friendly, religious, farmer types" but that just really isn't the case. We may have a few more of those folks than the Bronx (especially outside of Johnson, Story, Polk counties) but we also have Wiccans, athiests, gays, lesbians, Bible beaters..... If you move to one of the small cities---Iowa City, Des Moines, Ames you will be able to live your beliefs with few people questioning you.....occasionally you'll run into a (usually newly converted) Evangelical who feels it is his God-ordained duty to bring you to Jesus but there isn't one of those around every corner and I also would venture a guess that you'll find them occasionally in almost every city you go to. Just stay away from the small towns in general and especially in Northwest Iowa and you should be fine.
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Old 06-30-2011, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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Just stay away from the small towns in general and especially in Northwest Iowa and you should be fine.
This has to be one of the most narrow-minded sentances I have ever seen written anywhere.
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Old 06-30-2011, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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This has to be one of the most narrow-minded sentances I have ever seen written anywhere.
I would agree in so much as it is always dangerous to paint with such a broad brush.
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Old 06-30-2011, 10:34 PM
 
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Not intending to be narrow minded or controversial. Grew up in that area and while I realize things may have changed since I was there---I recall, not so many years ago, people who chose to wash their car in their driveway on Sundays, mow their lawn on Sundays or heaven forbid--farm their crops on Sunday---being gossiped and talked about for months on end and even sometimes being asked why they were doing ____ on the Lord's day. It also made a difference to others WHICH church you belonged to but it was a real item of conversation if you didn't go at all. Have things changed there? Possibly but we still need to remember it is the part of the state that keeps giving us Steve King----the op wanted to know if he'd fit in and I venture a guess this is not the environment he is looking for.
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Old 07-03-2011, 02:27 PM
 
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Not intending to be narrow minded or controversial. Grew up in that area and while I realize things may have changed since I was there---I recall, not so many years ago, people who chose to wash their car in their driveway on Sundays, mow their lawn on Sundays or heaven forbid--farm their crops on Sunday---being gossiped and talked about for months on end and even sometimes being asked why they were doing ____ on the Lord's day. It also made a difference to others WHICH church you belonged to but it was a real item of conversation if you didn't go at all. Have things changed there? Possibly but we still need to remember it is the part of the state that keeps giving us Steve King----the op wanted to know if he'd fit in and I venture a guess this is not the environment he is looking for.

You must be talking about an isolated small town that I've never been too. And I imagine you can find towns like that in all 50 states.
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Old 07-05-2011, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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Not intending to be narrow minded or controversial. Grew up in that area and while I realize things may have changed since I was there---I recall, not so many years ago, people who chose to wash their car in their driveway on Sundays, mow their lawn on Sundays or heaven forbid--farm their crops on Sunday---being gossiped and talked about for months on end and even sometimes being asked why they were doing ____ on the Lord's day. It also made a difference to others WHICH church you belonged to but it was a real item of conversation if you didn't go at all. Have things changed there? Possibly but we still need to remember it is the part of the state that keeps giving us Steve King----the op wanted to know if he'd fit in and I venture a guess this is not the environment he is looking for.
I'm not a gambling man, but I were I'd lay odds that you're talking about Pella. They're against all labor on Sunday, except of course for people who work in restaurants. If not Pella then I'm guessing it's as Dport7674 says, probably some very small town with a population primarily made up of one religious group such as the Mennonites in Kalona or the Amanas.

Either way, I can atttest that these communities are far from representative of the behavior of the entire state.
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:00 AM
 
Location: IN
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It could be Sioux County. That area is very socially conservative with a large population of Dutch ancestry.
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Old 07-05-2011, 10:10 AM
 
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Yes, Sioux County but the attitude permeates the neighboring counties as well---Lyon (although with their new casino this may be changing), O'Brien and Osceola---all tend to be very homogenous and yes, narrow minded. Its funny that I'm called narrow minded when it was actually my openness of mind that caused me to be such a pariah in NW Iowa.
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